Asma Ben Abacha, PhD

Computational Health Research Branch

Contact Information
Building 38A - Lister Hill Center, 10N1003N

Expertise and Research Interests:

Dr. Ben Abacha is a staff scientist at the Lister Hill Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining the NLM, she was a researcher at the LIST in Luxembourg and part-time lecturer at the university of Lorraine in France. Dr. Ben Abacha has received a Ph.D. in computer science from Paris-Sud University, France (2012), a research master's degree from Paris 13 University, France (2008), and a software engineering degree from ENSI, Tunisia (2007). She is working on medical question answering, visual question answering, and NLP related projects. Website, Google Scholar, DBLP

Honors and Awards:

Dr. Ben Abacha has received two service group awards from the NLM in 2017 and 2018.


Ben Abacha A, Datla V, Hasan S, Demner-Fuschman D, Muller H Overview of the VQA-Med Task at ImageCLEF 2020: Visual Question Answering and Generation in the Medical Domain. CLEF 2020

Demner-Fushman D, Mrabet Y, Ben Abacha A Consumer health information and question answering: helping consumers find answers to their health-related information needs. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2020: 27 (2), 194-201.

Savery M, Ben Abacha A, Gayen S, Demner-Fushman D Question-Driven Summarization of Answers to Consumer Health Questions. arXiv preprint arXiv:2005.09067.

Sarrouti M, Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D Visual Question Generation from Radiology Images. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Advances in Language and Vision Research.