Prof. Samhaa El-Beltagy is currently the head of research & development at Optomatica as well as a full Professor at Cairo University. For the last 8 years, she was a Professor at Nile University (NU) served as the acting Dean of the School of Communication & Information Technology, Director of the Center for Informatics Science, Head of the Text Mining Research Group and director of the Informatics, Computer Science & Big Data programs. She is also co-founder & co-general chair of ACLing (Arabic Computational Linguistics) conference series which takes place annually and currently published by Elsevier.
Samhaa received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2001, and her Masters and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo in 1997 and 1993, respectively. She is also a senior member of the ACM. She has participated and played a pivotal role in a number of national projects and has served and continues to serve on the international program committees of numerous reputable international conferences and workshops. She has also served as an external reviewer for a number of international journals, and national projects. She currently has over eighty international refereed publications. Her research interests include: Artificial Intelligence, NLP, Text Mining, Data Mining, Ontology Learning, and Intelligent Search.