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Asma
Ben Abacha
,
PhD
Research Scientist
Location: 
38A
/
10N1003N
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: 
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.
Ionescu B, Müller H, Péteri R, Dang-Nguyen DT, Zhou L, Piras L, Riegler M, Halvorsen P, Tran MT, Lux M, Gurrin C, Chamberlain J, Clark A, Campello A, de Herrera AGS, Ben Abacha A, Datla VV, Hasan SA, Liu J, Demner-Fushman D, Pelka O, Friedrich CM, Cid YD, Kozlovski S, Liauchuk V, Kovalev V, Berari P, Brie P, Fichou D, Dogariu M, Stefan L, Constantin M. ImageCLEF 2020: Multimedia Retrieval in Lifelogging, Medical, Nature, and Internet Applications. ImageCLEF 2020: Multimedia Retrieval in Lifelogging, Medical, Nature, and Internet Applications. ECIR (2) 2020: 533-541.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. A Question-Entailment Approach to Question Answering. arXiv:1901.08079.
Ben Abacha A, Hasan SA, Datls W, Liu J, Demner-Fushman D, Muller H. VQA-Med: Overview of the medical visual question answering task at imageclef 2019. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 9-12, 2019.
Demner-Fushman D, Mrabet Y, Ben Abacha A. Consumer health information and question answering: helping consumers find answers to their health-related information needs. JAMIA, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Sharp M, Goodwin T, Shooshan S, Demner-Fushman D. Bridging the Gap Between Consumers’ Medication Questions and Trusted Answers. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21;264:25-29. doi: 10.3233/SHTI190176.
Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Sharp M, Goodwin T, Shooshan S, Demner-Fushman D. Bridging the Gap Between Consumers' Medication Questions and Trusted Answers. Studies in health technology and informatics, 264, pp.25-29, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Shivade C, Demner-Fushman D. Overview of the MEDIQA 2019 Shared Task on Textual Inference, Question Entailment and Question Answering. Proceedings of the BioNLP 2019 workshop.

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