Shammur Absar Chowdhury

About Me

I am a scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute. My research interest encompasses multilingual, multimodal, and multiview representation learning.

I specialize in designing Conversational AI models, primarily addressing complex challenges such as multispeaker interactions, nuanced multilingual and dialect variations, and code-switching, among various other intricate conversational dynamics.

I am currently leading (PI) the QVoice project, which empowers speakers—both native and non-native, children, and adults alike—to learn spoken Arabic, leveraging large multimodal AI models.

I have received numerous awards and grants, including the NVIDIA Academic Hardware Grant for my research in Simulating human language learning capabilities using DNN-based language models, a study that was also conducted as a part of the TRAILs project, funded by PRIN MIUR. As a key contributor to the EU-funded projects SENSEI and PortDial, I developed conversational models adept at understanding human conversation, facilitating automatic summarization and mental health screening.

I authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and journals and played an active role in the research community by organizing shared tasks, challenges, and workshops, as well as serving on the committees of top-tier conferences and special interest groups.

I co-founded the Bangla Language Processing (BNLP) Community and MyVoice, a crowdsourced platform, designed to bridge the gaps between standard and dialectal Arabic resources. I am also maintaining the ArabicSpeech Portal.


  • PresentOct 2021

    Research Scientist

    QCRI: Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • Sep 2021May 2019

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    QCRI: Qatar Computing Research Institute

  • April 20192017

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    CIMeC: Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy

  • 2017Nov-2012

    PhD Researcher

    SIS Lab, University of Trento, Trento, Italy

  • 20122012


    SIS Lab, University of Trento, Italy

  • 20112010

    Senior Research Programmer

    CRBLP: Centre for Research on Bangla Language Processing, BRAC University, Bangladesh

  • 20112011


    BRAC University, Bangladesh

Research Interests

  • Speech Signal Processing
  • Multilingual Representation Learning
  • Atypical Interaction
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Multi-view Representation Learning
  • Conversational AI in Education
  • Natural Language Processing

Affliated member

  •    IEEE
  •    ISCA
  •    ACL
  •    ACM


  • Ph.D. 2017

    Ph.D. in Computer Science

    ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento, Italy

  • B.Sc. 2011

    Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering with second major in Computer Science

    BRAC University, Bangladesh


  • 2018
    NVIDIA Grant to support research on RNN-based Artificial Grammaticality to Probe Language Universals.
  • 2014
    ISCA Grant for Interspeech
  • 2012
    Achieved 100% fund for doctoral study University Fund (Ranked in Top-3 in merit list)
  • 2012
    Education Study Grant - DD342, for internship
  • 2011
    Chancellor's Gold Medal
    Achieved Chancellor's Gold Medal for highest CGPA among all University Graduates.
  • 2011
    Valedictorian for year 2010 (BRAC University 6th Convocation) for highest CGPA among all University Graduates.
  • 2011
    Vice-Chancellor's Gold Medal
    Achieved Vice-Chancellor's Gold Medal for year 2011 (BRAC University 6th Convocation) for highest CGPA from Electronic and Communication Engineering Department
  • 2008 - 2010
    A place in Vice-Chancellor’s List
    Vice-Chancellor’s Award from 2008 to 2010.
  • 2007
    Vice-Chancellor's Special Recognition Award
    Achieved the Vice-Chancellor's Special Recognition Award for high standard of discipline and achievement, during Residential Semester, Summer 2007.
  • 2007-2010
    Performance-based scholarship
    Have achieved performance-based scholarship throughout 4-years of Undergraduate.