Dr. Asma Ben Abacha is a Senior Scientist at Microsoft Health AI. She received a Ph.D. in computer science from Paris-Saclay University, France. Before joining Microsoft, she worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST, Luxembourg) on AI/ML projects and developed new models and datasets for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Computer Vision solutions in the medical domain. She has published over 70 scientific articles with 2,000+ citations and served as Area Chair and reviewer for top conferences and journals in NLP, ML, and Medical informatics.
Dr. Ben Abacha launched and organized several new competitions in NLP/AI such as the international challenges on Medical Question Answering (TREC 2017), Visual Question Answering from Radiology Images (VQA-Med 2019-2022), and the MEDIQA shared tasks (2019-2021) that attracted 100+ participating teams. She has also been co-organizing the North Africans in NLP/ML events and affinity group workshops at several NLP/ML conferences including EMNLP 2020, ACL 2021, and NeurIPS 2022.
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