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Mustafa Jarrar
Associate Professor

Director of Sina Institute, at Birzeit University
Director of The Palestinian e-Government Academy
mjarrar(a)birzeit.edu, P.O.Box 14, Birzeit, Ramallah, Palestine


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Biography
Mustafa Jarrar is an associate professor of Computer Science, 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 a senior Research Scientist at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1999-2007), 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. He also is voluntarily serving as an advisor at the Palestinian ministry of Telecom & IT for e-government topics, where he developed and chaired the Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework (called Zinnar).

Research Interest
(Data\Knowledge\Web\Language Engineering)
Ontology: Linguistic Ontologies, Multilingual Ontology Engineering, Logical Foundations, Lexical Semantics, Modeling Methodologies & Tools, Conceptual Modeling
Language: Lexical Semantics, Arabic Natural Language Processing, Lemmatization, Lexical Databases, Thesaurus and Dictionary Engineering, Dialects.
Web: Semantic Web, Data Web, Linked-Data, OWL, RDF, SPARQL, Web 2.0, Data Mashups.
Data: Big Data, Graph Databases, Information Systems, Query formulation, DB Joins, Database Semantics, Conceptual data Modeling (ORM, EER, UML).
Logic: Description Logic, Business Rules, Reasoning, Debugging, Verbalization, Graphical Notations.

Applications: Data Integration, Interoperability, Search, Interface, Digital Libraries, eGovernment, eCommerce, HR and Skills, Legal Knowledge Bases, e-innovation.
Technical: Java, C++, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, XML, DBA, SQL, Oracle, MYSQL, ORM, EER, UML, Service Oriented Architecture, Business Process modeling, and others

Grants and Projects

 1. MOSIAC: (Palestinian Partner)
798,000? from EU-FP7, No. 612076, 13 Partners, 24 Months[2014-2015].
To foster R&D cooperation between EU and Mediterranean countries on ICT and its support in EU-MED societal challenges.
2. Arabic Ontology: (Principal Investigator)
14500$ seed funding from Birzeit University, [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 principles.
3. VerbMesh: (Principal Investigator)
11500$ from Birzeit University. 18 Months,[July?2014-Jan?16]
To develop a large-scale graph of the Arabic verbs, and their inflectional relations.
4. Curras: (Principal Investigator)
35000$ from by Research Council- Ministry of Higher Education, 36 months  [Dec?2013-Dec?15].
To develop a well-annotated corpus of the Palestinian Arabic dialect
5. Zinnar - The Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework: (Inventor and Principal Architect)
Voluntary Consultancy for the Palestininan Government - Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology.
A framework to enable e-governmental and e-services in Palestine (adopted by all ministries).
6. SIERA(Coordinator)
560,000€ from EU FP7 (No. 295006), 5 Partners, 36 months (Oct'2011-Sep'2014).
Building Multilingual and Multi-cultural Knowledge Sharing Technologies.
7. Palestinian e-Governance Academy (PalGov I): (Coordinator)
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).
8. GovSeer: Partner
50,000€ from CooperLink-Italy, 2 partners, 18 months [2010-2012].
Ontology-Based Interoperability of e-Government Services.
9. MashQL:
To develop a novel approach for querying the Data Web (Web 3.0)
10. SEARCHiN:
(EU Marie Curie actions) SEARCHing In a Networked world.
11. Knowledge Web:
(EU funded)
Supporting the transition of Ontology technology from Academia to Industry.
12. Innovanet:
(EU funded)
Knowledge discovery lifecycle and knowledge innovation management.
13. CCFORM:
(EU funded)
Consumer Complaints Resolution Mechanism.
14. OntoWeb:
(EU)
Ontology-based Information Exchange for Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce.
15. Namic:
(EU funded)
On Intelligent Services to News Agencies.
16. IrisWeb:
(DWTC funded)
On ontology-based browsing in a (digital) library.
17. POLARIS:
(VUB funded)
To develop a prototype of a next generation Digital University Library system.
18. DOGMA:
Funded from VUB funded.
To develop Ontology-Guided Mediation of Applications. A framework for engineering and deploying formal ontologies.

Professional Memberships:
  1. Member: UN ESCWA Technology Centre (ETC) Board of Governors, (2011 - 2014)
  2. Member: National Committee for Science and Technology Statistics. Palestinian Central of Statistics (2014 - Present)
  3. Member: National E-Government Core Team, (2010 - Present)
  4. Founder and Member: National E-Government Interoperability Committee (Zinnar), (2010 - Present)
  5. Member: Marie Curie Alumni Association, (2015 - Present)
  6. Cofounder and Secretariat: The Ontology Outreach Advisory,(2006 - 2012)
  7. Member: IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee. (2005 - 2006)
  8. Member: CEN/ISSS ICT Skills And Curricula (2006 - 2007)
  9. Member: IFIP Working Group 2.6 On Databases, (2003 - Present)
  10. Member: IFIP Working Group 2.12 On Web Semantics, (2004 - Present)
  11. Member: The Palestine Engineers' Association, (1996 - Present)

Roles at Birzeit University:
  1. Director: Sina Institute for Knowledge Engineering and Arabic Technologies (2011 - 2015)
  2. Director: Computing Master Program (2010 - 2013)
  3. Member: Univeristy's Scientific Research Committee (2010 - 2014)
  4. Member: Faculty's Recruitment Committee (CADER) (2010 - 2015)

Guest Editor
  1. Special Issue on Querying the Data Web, Internet and Web Information Systems Journal, 2013
  2. Special Issue on Knowledge Management and e-Human Resources Practices for Innovation, International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2011

Organization of Conferences
  1. Arab Big Data Initiative, Beirut, Lebanon
  2. iArabic'15: 4th Palestinian Symposium on Computational Linguistics & Arabic Content, Birzeit, Palestine
  3. iArabic'14: 3rd Palestinian Symposium on Computational Linguistics & Arabic Content, Birzeit, Palestine
  4. iArabic'13: 2nd Palestinian Symposium on Computational Linguistics & Arabic Content, Birzeit, Palestine
  5. PalGov'12: 1st National Conference on e-Governance & e-Services, Birzeit, Palestine
  6. eHR-KM'11: 1st International Workshop on Knowledge Management & e-Human Resources Practices for Innovation, Innsbruck, Austria
  7. OnToContent'15: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Rhodes Island, Greece
  8. OnToContent'14: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Calabria, Italy
  9. OnToContent'12: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Rome, Italy
  10. OnToContent'10: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Crete, Greece
  11. OnToContent'09: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Algarve, Portugal
  12. OnToContent'08: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Monterrey, Mexico
  13. OnToContent'07: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Albufeira, Portugal
  14. OnToContent'06: International Workshop on Ontology content & evaluation, Montpellier, France
  15. OOA-HR: Semantic challenges & opportunities in the Human Resources Domain, Oxford, UK
  16. SWWS'06: The IFIP WG 2.12 and WG 12.4 Workshop on Web Semantics, Montpellier, France
  17. WORM-05: The 3rd International Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies, Larnaca, Cyprus
  18. SWWS'05: The IFIP WG 2.12 and WG 12.4 Workshop on Web Semantics, Larnaca, Cyprus
  19. WORM-04: The 2nd International Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies, Larnaca, Cyprus
  20. WORM-03: The 1st International Workshop on Regulatory Ontologies, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  21. OMAC: Workshop on Ontology Modularization and context, Brussels, Belgium

Referee in Journals:
  1. Springer book publishing proposals.
  2. Journal of Information Systems.
  3. Journal of Applied Ontology.
  4. Journal of Knowledge Engineering Review.
  5. Journal of Data and Knowledge Engineering Journal, DKE. (Regular Referee)
  6. Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming
  7. Journal IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
  8. Journal Advances in Engineering Software, Special Issue on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules.
  9. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, TIE.
  10. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools, IJAITS.
  11. Journal of Visual Languages and Computing, Special Issue on Perception and ontologies in visual, virtual and geographic spaces.
  12. Journal on Web Semantics.
  13. Journal of IEEE Software.
  14. Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems.
  15. Journal of Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, special issue on Semantic Web Rules/Agents.
  16. Journal on Data Semantics.
  17. International Arab Journal of Information Technology (IAJIT).
  18. Handbook of Research on Emerging Rule-Based Languages and Technologies.
  19. International Journal of Patterns.
  20. the Semantic Web journal.
  21. Special Issue of Fundamenta Informaticae for CILC 2011, the annual meeting of the Italian Association for Logic Programming..
  22. Business Intelligence Book, Springer.

Program Committee Member in Conferences:
  1. ESWC'16, The 13th European Semantic Web Conference, Crete, Greece
  2. SOTICS'16, The 6th International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics,Brussels, Belgium
  3. SIMPDA'16, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis, Graz, Austria
  4. ISWC'15, The 14th International Semantic Web Conference , Bethlehem, pennsylvania, USA
  5. ESWC'15, The 12th European Semantic Web Conference, Portoroz, Slovenia
  6. SIMPDA'15, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis, Vienna, Austria
  7. PICCIT'15, The 4th Palestinian International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, Hebron, Palestine
  8. ICIT'15, The 7th International Conference on Information Technology, Amman, Jordan
  9. WCIS'15, The International Workshop on Computers and Information Sciences, Tabuk, KSA
  10. ESAS'15, The 10th IEEE International Workshop on E-Health Systems and Semantic Web, Taichung, Taiwan
  11. ISWC'14, The 13th International Semantic Web Conference, Italy
  12. TOTh'14, The 8th TOTh International Conference on Terminology and Ontology: Theories and applications
  13. CITALA'14, The 5th International Conference in Arabic Language Processing
  14. ANLP'14, workshop on Arabic Natural Language Processing at EMNLP 2014
  15. SIMPDA'14, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis
  16. ORM'14, Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  17. ESAS 2014: The 9th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems
  18. SWWS 2014: 10th International IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics
  19. ISWC'13, The 12th International Semantic Web Conference
  20. ORM'13, Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  21. SIMPDA'13, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis
  22. SIMPDA'13-, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis (Asian Edition)
  23. TOTh'13, The 7th TOTh International Conference ?? Terminology & Ontology: Theories and applications
  24. COLING'12, The 2013 International Conference on Terminology & Ontology : Theories and applications
  25. CITALA'12, The 4th International Conference on Arabic Language Processing
  26. SIMPDA'12, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis
  27. ORM'12, Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  28. ColabTKR, 2012 - Collaboration in Terminology and Knowledge Representation.
  29. ESAS 2012: The 7th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems
  30. SWWS'12, 8th International IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics
  31. META4eSociety'12, Methods, Evaluation, Tools and Applications for the Creation and Consumption of Structured Data for the e-Society
  32. SIMPDA'11, The IFIP International Symposium on Data-Driven Process Discovery and Analysis
  33. RuleML'11-USA, The International Symposium on Rules, RuleML.
  34. RuleML'11_EU, The International Symposium on Rules, RuleML.
  35. ISWSA'11, The International Conference Intelligent Semantic Web.
  36. ORM'11 Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  37. INBAST'11, Workshop on Industrial and Business Applications of Semantic Web Technologies
  38. SLSIS'11 International Workshop on Survivable Large-Scale Information Systems.
  39. ESAS'11, 4th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems.
  40. ISWSA'10, The International Conference Intelligent Semantic Web.
  41. VORTE'10, International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  42. LOAIT'10, International Workshop on Legal Ontologies and Artificial Intelligence Techniques.
  43. PICCIT'10, The 3rd Palestinian International Conference on Computer and IT.
  44. ORM'10 Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  45. SWWS'10 6th International IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics
  46. ISWC'09, The International Semantic Web Conference -Demo and Posters track.
  47. KEOD'09, The International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development.
  48. PCI'09, The 13th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics.
  49. ACIT'09, The International Arab Conference of Information Technology.
  50. ORM'09, International Workshop on Fact-Oriented Modeling.
  51. SWWS'09, 5th International IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics
  52. VORTE'09, International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  53. LOAIT'09, International Workshop on Legal Ontologies and Artificial Intelligence Techniques.
  54. KARE'09, 2nd International Workshop on Knowledge Acquisition, Reuse and Evaluation.
  55. ESAS'09, 4th IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems.
  56. ICIS'08, International Conference on Information Systems.
  57. FLOW'08, International Workshop on Fuzzy Logic On the Web.
  58. CBMS'08, The 21 IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems.
  59. ORM'08,Workshop on Object-Role Modeling.
  60. ICDE'08, The 25th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (Demo track, Reviewer)
  61. WOMSDE'08, Workshop on Ontologies and Metamodeling in Software and Data Engineering .
  62. VORTE'08, EDOC International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  63. SWAE'2008, The 1st International Workshop on Semantic Web Architectures For Enterprises.
  64. ESAS'08, The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent Systems.
  65. SWWS'08, 5th International IFIP Workshop on Semantic Web & Web Semantics
  66. ESWC'07, The 4th European Semantic Web Conference.
  67. ESAS'07, International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent.
  68. CBMS'07, The 20th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems.
  69. SWAE'2007, The 1st International Workshop on Semantic Web Architectures For Enterprises.
  70. BADE 2007, IEEE Workshop on Biomedical Applications for Digital Ecosystems.
  71. ORM'7, Workshop on Object-Role Modeling.
  72. VORTE'07, EDOC International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  73. SWWS'07, IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4 Workshop on Web Semantics.
  74. SAMI'07, the Third IEEE Workshop on Situation Management.
  75. LOAIT'07, International Workshop on Legal Ontologies and Artificial Intelligence Techniques.
  76. ICDM'06, The IEEE Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics.
  77. CBMS'06, The 19th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems.
  78. WOMSDE'06, The 1st Workshop on Ontologies and Metamodeling in Software and Data Engineering.
  79. ORM'6, Workshop on Object-Role Modeling.
  80. SWWS'06, IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4 Workshop on Web Semantics.
  81. SWIG06, The Canadian Semantic Web Working Symposium 2006.
  82. DMB'06, IEEE ICDM 2006 Workshop on Data Mining in Bioinformatics.
  83. VORTE'06, EDOC International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  84. ESAS'06, International Workshop on Engineering Semantic Agent.
  85. ESWC'06, Industry Forum.
  86. ODBase'05, International Conference on Ontologies, Databases and Applications of SEmantics.
  87. ORM'5, Workshop on Object-Role Modeling.
  88. SWWS'05, IFIP WG 2.12 & WG 12.4 Workshop on Web Semantics.
  89. VORTE'05, EDOC International Workshop on Vocabularies, Ontologies and Rules for The Enterprise.
  90. LOAIT'05, International Workshop on Legal Ontologies and Artificial Intelligence Techniques.
  91. SWCASE'05 Semantic Web Case Studies and Best Practices for eBusiness.
  92. ESWC'05 Industry Forum.
  93. IKE, The 2004 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Engineering.
  94. SWEB 2004, International Workshop on Semantic Web Technologies in Electronic Business.
  95. + others

Students:
    PhD Students:
  1. Co-Supervisor: Mamoun Abu Hellu: Cross-Lingual Mapping of Lexical Ontologies with Automatic Translation. Birzeit University and Milano Beccoca University in Italy. (2012 -On)
  2. External Examiner: Shastri Lakshman Nimmagadda, Ontology Based Data Warehousing for Mining of Heterogeneous and Multidimensional Data Sources, Curtin University, Australia
  3. External Examiner: Ingrid Pappel, Paperless: Management as a Foundation for the Application of e-Governance in Local Governments. Tallinn University Of Technology, Estonia
  4. External Examiner: Nazir Ahmad Sharif: Specification for an Ontology Server Assisting a Player to Commit to an Ontology for Interoperating Information Systems. University of Queensland. Australia. 2009.

    Masters and BA Students (selected):
  5. Supervisor(MS): Nafiz Qassim: Towards Developing a Palestinian National Open Data Portal. Birzeit University. [2015-2016]
  6. Supervisor(MS): Eman Karajah: Towards Building an Arabic Thesaurus Automatically. Birzeit University. [2014-2015]
  7. Supervisor(MS): Diyam Akra: Towards Building a Corpus for Palestinian Dialect. Birzeit University. [2013-2014]
  8. Supervisor(MS): Rana Rishmawi: Towards Building an Arabic Upper Level Ontology. Birzeit University. (2012 -2014).
  9. Supervisor(MS): Mohammad Melhem M: Advanced Matching Function towards linking Arabic Ontology with the English WordNet. Birzeit University. (2012-2013).
  10. Supervisor(MS): Rami Kalil: Mapping ORM into OWL2 and Back. Birzeit University. (2011-2012).
  11. External Examiner: Dua Awwad: Performance Analysis For Business Process Modeling Notation, at Palestinian Polytechnic University, 2014
  12. External Examiner: Rana Abdo: Ontology-based Digital Libraries, at AlQuds University, 2014
  13. Co-Supervisor(MS): Georgiou M: Semantic Web Pipes. Cyprus University. 2009.
  14. Co-Supervisor(MS): Savvides C: Semantic Data Mashups. Cyprus University. 2009.
  15. Supervisor(MS): Al-Damag M: Mapping ORM into DIG. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2006.
  16. Supervisor(BA): Deik A, Farraj B, Hawash A: Querying the Data Web. Birzeit University. 2009.
  17. Supervisor(BA): Al-Badawi M, Aish S, Samara H: Towards Building an Arabic Ontology. Birzeit University. 2009.
  18. Supervisor(BA): Manoli A: Semantic Mashups at the Browser Side. Cyprus University. 2009.
  19. Supervisor(BA): Gielen G: Gloss Support in Ontology Modeling. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2007.
  20. Supervisor(MS): Ugurel A: Ontology-driven Web Forms. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2007.
  21. Supervisor(MS): Yan Gu: incorporating SUMO into DOGMA. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2007.
  22. Supervisor(MS): Hoang H: Verbalization of Ontologies. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2005.
  23. Supervisor(MS): Murhaf M: Generation of RDF from Databases. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2004.
  24. Supervisor(BA): Demey J: Realizing Ontological Commitments. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2003.
  25. Supervisor(MS): Lisovoy A: DogmaModeler: Ontology Modeling. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2003.
  26. Supervisor(MS): W. Wang: Ontologization of WordNet. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2002.
  27. Supervisor(MS): M. Orzu: Ontology mining from Databases. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2002.
  28. Supervisor(BA): P. Segers: Semantic-based Digital libraries. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 2001.

Consultancy Services:
  1. Proposal Evaluator, EU TEMPUS Program - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  2. Proposal Evaluator, EU Erasmus Mundus Program - Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  3. Ministry Advisor, E-Government Program - Palestinian Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology
  4. GIS and Spatial databases, Palestinian Municipalities.

Tools and Databases:
  1. Arabic Ontology A linguistic Ontology for the Arabic Langauge
  2. Curras A well-annotated Corpus for the Palestinian Dialect (about 55K words)
  3. Zinnar (The Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework)
  4. MashQL (A novel approach for querying the Data Web (Web 3.0))
  5. DogmaModeler (an ontology modeling tool based on ORM)
  6. ORM Markup language 3 (an XML-based serialization for ORM diagrams)
  7. ORM verbalizor (Multilingual verbalization for ORM in 11 languages)
  8. CContology An ontology for Customer Complaint Management