Associate professor of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and
Technology, at Birzeit University in Palestine.Before joining Birzeit
in 2009, he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Cyprus
(2007-2009), and was (1999-2007) a Senior Research Scientist at Vrije
Universiteit Brussel, where he completed his Masters (2000) and PhD
(early 2005). Prof. Jarrar published +75 articles and refereed reports
in the areas of Ontology Engineering, Lexical Semantics, Semantic Web,
and Databases, chaired 18 international workshops, a PC member of +100s
journals/conferences, a coordinator/manager of 20 large EU project, a
full member of the IFIP2.6 on Database Semantics, the IFIP2.12 on Web
Semantics, the IEEE Learning Standards Committee, and the CEN/ISSS ICT
Skills, and UN ESCWA Technology Centre Board of Governors, among
others. Prof. Jarrar is also the founder of both Sina Institute for
Knowledge Engineering and Arabic Technologies, and the Palestinian
eGovernment Academy, at Birzeit University; and is voluntarily serving
as a advisor at the Palestinian ministry of Telecom & IT for
e-government topics, where developed the Palestinian e-Government
Interoperability Framework (called Zinnar
798,000€ from EU-FP7, No. 612076
, 13 Partners, 24
To foster R&D cooperation between EU and Mediterranean countries on
ICT and its support in EU-MED societal challenges.
14500$ seed funding from
, [2010 - Open Ended].
To develop an Arabic Ontology, a formal specification of the concepts
of all Arabic words, similar to Arabic WordNet, but with ontological
5. Zinnar -
The Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework:
(Inventor and Principal Architect)
. 18 Months,[July?2014-Jan?16]
To develop a large-scale graph of the Arabic verbs, and their
e-Governance Academy (PalGov I)
560,000€ from EU FP7
(No. 295006), 5 Partners, 36 months
Building Multilingual and Multi-cultural Knowledge Sharing Technologies.
564,964€ from EU-TEMPUS
(No. 511159), 11 partners, 24 months [2010-2012]
Capacity building for Palestinian ministries to gain the know-how for
implementing e-government services, in three main areas
(interoperability, security, IT-laws).
50,000€ from CooperLink-Italy, 2
partners, 18 months [2010-2012].
Ontology-Based Interoperability of e-Government Services.
To develop a novel approach for
querying the Data Web (Web 3.0)
(EU Marie Curie actions) SEARCHing In a
Supporting the transition of Ontology technology from Academia to Industry
Knowledge discovery lifecycle and knowledge innovation management.
Consumer Complaints Resolution Mechanism.
Ontology-based Information Exchange for Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce.
On Intelligent Services to News Agencies.
On ontology-based browsing in a (digital) library.
To develop a prototype of a next generation Digital University Library
Funded from VUB funded.
To develop Ontology-Guided Mediation of Applications. A framework for
engineering and deploying formal ontologies.