Ahmed Ali

Interested in Languages and Speech Recognition.

Principal Engineer at the Arabic Language Technologies group (ALT) at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI).
Founder of Arabic Speech.
Work interests are in the area of speech recognition and natural language processing. Completed PhD at the school of Informatics University of Edinburgh and BSc at Cairo University.

Awards & Achievements

  • The founder of the Arabic Speech research community ArabicSpeech
  • The founder of QATS speech transcription system
  • Best paper in the Multi Genre Broadcast (MGB-2) challenge in 2016
  • Best Innovation Award at the the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2018 (ARC’18)
  • SUMMA Hack Best Audience Experience award for a video news bot. The bot aggregates a story and automatically creates a video summary at the end with relevant images, titles and a computer-generated voice. SUMMA newsHACK 2017
  • Best in Show: Translating BBC Arabic video into English, including subtitles, voice and using Speaker Diarisation to change gender of speech synthesis alongside the changes in the voiceover gender. BBC newsHACK III 2014

Research Interests

Ahmed’s research interests are in the area of speech recognition and natural language processing with special attention to dialectal Arabic speech and text processing. A recent focus has been on dialect detection. i.e can we recognize the spoken dialect using acoustic and linguistic cues? Another strand of his work is evaluating speech recognition for dialects with no orthographic rules and prediction for quality estimation for automatic speech processing systems

For updated list of publications and ongoing research, check Google sholar

Invited Talks (Recent)

Media Coverage


February 2016 - Present

Senior Software Engineer

August 2011 - February 2016

Speech Recognition Engineer

Nuance, Cambridge, UK
December 2009 - August 2011

Speech Recognition Engineer

Spinvox, Marlow, Cambridge UK
March 2006 - December 2009

Software Engineer

IBM, Cairo/Egypt and two years IBM-Watson Research Center, USA
January 2000 - March 2006


University of Edinburgh

Multi-dialect Arabic broadcast speech recognition
August 2014 - December 2017

Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University

1995 - 2000


The updated list of publications can be found in Google sholar