Wassim El-Hajj

Biography

    Dr. Wassim El-Hajj is Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his BS degree from AUB in 2000, and the MS and Ph.D. degrees in 2002 and 2006, respectively, from Western Michigan University (WMU), all in Computer Science. Right after his graduation, he joined the Information Security department at UAE University as an assistant professor. He then joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at AUB as a visiting professor and then joined the Computer Science department as a full-time faculty in 2011.

    His research interests are in the areas of Wireless Communication, Network Security, and machine learning (focusing on sentiment analysis and emotion recognition). The central theme of his research work in the area of wireless communications is the introduction of new routing protocols that are distributed, scalable and energy efficient. In network security, he works on the development of effective techniques that aim to stop attackers from gaining access to victim’s PC via the network and also works on designing robust mechanisms to turn Software Defined Networking (SDN) into a robust Firewall. To support his research in security, he was awarded in December 2018, a $600,000 grant from Qatar Foundation to secure Smart Grid communication and optimize demand/response. In machine learning (ML), his work focuses on designing scalable ML algorithms and developing accurate sentiment analysis and emotion recognition models. To support his research in ML, he was awarded many grants including a major fund, in 2013, from Qatar Foundation for the amount of 1 million dollars. His research activities culminated with more than 88 publications, published in reputable journals such as IEEE Transaction, ACM Transactions, IEEE Sensors, ComCom, JNCA, and Computers & Security, as well as top conferences that include ICDM, IWCMC, NetSoft, Globecom, ICC, AINA, and WCNC. He was a frequent speaker and a technical reviewer at more than 40 leading international conferences. In addition to his academic experience, he has a valuable industrial experience with Boeing and Ten Strategic Consulting.

    In September 2018, he was elected to serve as the General Chair of the 4th Workshop on Arabic Natural Language Processing (WANLP 2019), a leading venue for work related to Arabic NLP. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions, most notably, the WMU Excellence in Research Award for three years in a row, Honorable mention for Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2 consecutive years, and the Teaching Effectiveness Award which is considered the highest teaching award at Western Michigan University.

    More details included in the CV.
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Contact Information
Office: Bliss Blg., Room 116
Email: we07@aub.edu.lb
Phone: 9611350000 extn: 4215


Mail Address
Computer Science Department
Faculty of Arts & Science
American University of Beirut
P.O.Box 11-0236 / Computer Science
Riad El-Solh / Beirut 1107 2020
Lebanon