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Asma
Ben Abacha
,
PhD
Research Scientist
Location: 
38A
/
10N1003N
Phone Number: (
301
827-4737
Expertise and Research Interests: 

Dr. Ben Abacha is a research scientist at the Lister Hill Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining the NLM, she was a researcher at the LIST in Luxembourg and part-time lecturer at the university of Lorraine in France. Dr. Ben Abacha has received a Ph.D. in computer science from Paris-Sud University, France (2012), a research master's degree  from  Paris 13 University, France (2008), and a software engineering degree from ENSI, Tunisia (2007). She is working on medical question answering, visual question answering, and NLP related projects. Website, Google ScholarDBLP

Honors and Awards: 

Dr. Ben Abacha has received two service group awards from the NLM in 2017 and 2018.

Publications/Tools by Asma Ben Abacha: 
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. A Question-Entailment Approach to Question Answering. arXiv:1901.08079.
Ben Abacha A, Hasan SA, Datls W, Liu J, Demner-Fushman D, Muller H. VQA-Med: Overview of the medical visual question answering task at imageclef 2019. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, 9-12, 2019.
Demner-Fushman D, Mrabet Y, Ben Abacha A. Consumer health information and question answering: helping consumers find answers to their health-related information needs. JAMIA, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Sharp M, Goodwin T, Shooshan S, Demner-Fushman D. Bridging the Gap Between Consumers’ Medication Questions and Trusted Answers. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21;264:25-29. doi: 10.3233/SHTI190176.
Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Sharp M, Goodwin T, Shooshan S, Demner-Fushman D. Bridging the Gap Between Consumers' Medication Questions and Trusted Answers. Studies in health technology and informatics, 264, pp.25-29, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Shivade C, Demner-Fushman D. Overview of the MEDIQA 2019 Shared Task on Textual Inference, Question Entailment and Question Answering. Proceedings of the 18th BioNLP Workshop and Shared Task, Florence, Italy, August 1, 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Shivade C, Demner-Fushman D. Overview of the MEDIQA 2019 Shared Task on Textual Inference, Question Entailment and Question Answering. Proceedings of the BioNLP 2019 workshop.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. On the Summarization of Consumer Health Questions. ACL 2019, Florence, Italy.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. On the Summarization of Consumer Health Questions. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Florence, Italy 2019.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. On the Role of Question Summarization and Information Source Restriction in Consumer Health Question Answering. AMIA Informatics Summit, March 2019.

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