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Asma
Ben Abacha
,
PhD
Research Scientist
Location: 
38A
/
10N1003I
Phone Number: (
301
827-4737
Expertise and Research Interests: 

Dr. Ben Abacha is a research 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 ScholarDBLP

Honors and Awards: 

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

Publications/Tools by Asma Ben Abacha: 
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. On the Role of Question Summarization and Information Source Restriction in Consumer Health Question Answering. Proceedings of the AMIA 2019 Informatics Summit, San Francisco, CA, USA, March 25-28, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. On the role of question summarization and information source restriction in consumer health question answering. In Proceedings of the AMIA 2019 Informatics Summit, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2019.
Lau JJ, Gayen S, Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. A dataset of clinically generated visual questions and answers about radiology images. Sci Data. 2018 Nov 20;5:180251. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.251.
Ben Abacha A, Gayen S, Lau JJ, Rajaraman S, Demner-Fushman D. NLM at ImageCLEF 2018 Visual Question Answering in the Medical Domain. CLEF2018 Working Notes. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Avignon, France, CEUR-WS.org (September 10-14 2018).
Kilicoglu H, Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Shooshan SE, Rodriguez L, Masterton K, Demner-Fushman D. Semantic annotation of consumer health questions. BMC Bioinformatics. 2018 Feb 6;19(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s12859-018-2045-1.
Ben Abacha A, Long LR, Seco de Herrera AG, Antani SK, Wang K, Demner-Fushman D. Named Entity Recognition in Functional Neuroimaging Literature. BIBM 2017
Ben Abacha A, De Herrera A, Gayen S, Demner-Fushman D, Antani SK. NLM at ImageCLEF 2017 Caption Task. International Conference of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum for European Languages 2017 Sep 11 (pp. 358-360). Springer, Cham.
Ben Abacha A, Agichtein E, Pinter Y, Demner-Fushman D. Overview of the Medical QA Task @ TREC 2017 LiveQA Track. TREC, Gaithersburg, MD, 2017.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. Recognizing Question Entailment for Medical Question Answering. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb 10;2016:310-318. eCollection 2016.
Chachra S, Ben Abacha A, Shooshan SE, Rodriguez L, Demner-Fushman D. A Hybrid Approach to Generation of Missing Abstracts in Biomedical Literature. Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: Technical Papers: 1093-1100.

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