Ali, Hammad

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
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Started program at UBC in: 


Research topic: 

Computational linguistics

Research group: 
UBC Summarization Group
Research supervisor: 
Dr. Giuseppe Carenini
Research location: 
Research description: 

I work on summarization of online product reviews, with an aim to generate summaries for a product based on multiple reviews of it from different sources.

What impact do you hope your research will have?: 

I hope my work will make access to information easier and less resource-consuming for general people who want information about things that interest them, but do not wish to spend hours trying to search for this information in a conventional manner. I believe everyone has a right to be able to access any information, and only the information they want and need, and that free flow of information is crucial in a more equitable society.

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?: 

I had, and still have, a passion for modern computing technology, and wanted to work at the very core of the kind of science that supports that technology.

Why did you choose to come to British Columbia and study at UBC?: 

I was familiar with Vancouver as a renowned tourist spot and one of the best places in the world to live, and decided it would be the best place for me to spend my graduate school years.

Do you have any tips for students from your home country coming to Canada / to UBC Grad School?: 

Be aware that you have to work very hard, but know that the rewards are well worth it.

What has been your most memorable Vancouver experience so far?: 

The Celebration of Lights 2009 from English Bay.

Personal interests / Hobbies: 

reading, music, writing

What are your future career goals?: 

Hopefully a full-time research job or a faculty position.


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