Dr. Asif Ekbal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India. Prior to joining to IIT Patna he has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in University of Trento, Italy and Heidelberg University, Germany. His research interests are in the broad areas of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning. Currently, his research focuses on Information Extraction, Machine Translation, Sentiment Analysis, Emotion Analysis, Dialogues and Text mining.
He has authored around 180 papers in top-tier conferences like ACL, AAAI, EMNLP, COLING, NAACL, and journals like ACM Transactions, IEEE Transactions, PlosOne etc. Asif has been involved in several sponsored research projects in the broad areas of Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies, funded by the different private agencies, such as Elsevier, Accenture, ezDI, LG, Skymap, Samsung Research, Wipro, Flipkart; and Govt. agencies such as MeiTY, Govt. of India, MHRD, Govt. of India, and SERB, Govt. of India etc.
He has been serving as an Area Chair, PC member and as a Reviewer to several well-known conferences: Area Chair, EACL 2021; NAACL-19’s area chair on QA; Senior PC member of IJACI2019, 2020, 2021; AAAI 2020, 2021, PC and/review committee of conferences like ACL, EMNLP, CoNLL, IJCNLP, COLING, NAACL, AAAI, IJCAI etc. He is the Associate Editor of Sadhana, Springer; Springer Nature Computer Science, Springer; and Machine Translation, Springer.
He is an awardee of "Best Innovative Project Award from the Indian National Academy of Engineering", Govt. of India, "JSPS Invitation Fellowship" from Govt of Japan and "Young Faculty Research Fellowship Award" of the Govt. of India.