Mustafa Jarrar
Associate Professor

Director of Sina Institute, at Birzeit University
Director of The Palestinian e-Government Academy
mjarrar(a), P.O.Box 14, Birzeit, Ramallah, Palestine The Web              
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. Google Faculty Research Award :
51040$, Unrestricted Gift.
To foster R&D activities related to publishing a large-scale lexicon database for Arabic.
1. MOSIAC: (Palestinian Partner)
798,000 EURO from EU-FP7, No. 612076, 13 Partners, 24 Months[2014-2015].
To foster R&D cooperation between EU and Mediterranean countries on ICT and its support in EU-MED societal challenges.
2. Arabic Ontology: (Principal Investigator)
14500$ 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-Jan16]
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)
(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.
(EU funded)
Consumer Complaints Resolution Mechanism.
14. OntoWeb:
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.
(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: National E-Government Core Team, (2010 - Present)
  2. Member: Marie Curie Alumni Association, (2015 - Present)
  3. Cofounder and Secretariat: The Ontology Outreach Advisory,(2006 - 2012)
  4. Member: CEN/ISSS ICT Skills And Curricula (2006 - 2007)
  5. Member: IFIP Working Group 2.6 On Databases, (2003 - Present)

Roles at Birzeit University:
  1. Director: Computing Master Program (2010 - 2013)

Guest Editor

Organization of Conferences

Referee in Journals:

Program Committee Member in Conferences:
  1. + others

    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