Prof Boualem Benatallah

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Prof. Boualem Benatallah is a full professor of computing at Dublin City University (DCU, Ireland) since Jan 2022. He is fellow of the IEEE. His main research interests are developing fundamental concepts and techniques in service Web services middleware, business process automation, quality control in crowd sourcing services, automated and crowdsourced training data curation, intelligent and AI-augmented services, conversational cognitive services, context aware and compositional task-oriented conversational services. He has published more than 300 refereed papers including more than 90 journal papers. His work is highly cited (over 23,000 citations, h-Index: 66, according to Google School). Most of his papers appeared in very selective and reputable conferences and journals. He is frequently invited to give keynotes and seminars at international conferences, workshops and PhD schools. Prof. Benatallah has been general and PC chair of a number of international conferences. He has been guest editor of several special issues for reputable international journals. He is a member of the steering committee of BPM (Business Process Management) and ICSOC (Int. Conference on Service Oriented Computing) conferences. He is member of the editorial board of numerous international journals including ACM Transactions on Web and IEEE transactions on services computing. He is member of Executive Committee of IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Business Informatics and Systems. He has built a strong set of international relationships with leading researchers and practitioners in his field, and multiple productive collaborations with internal universities, industry and government organizations.

He supervised over 35 research (30 PhD and 5 Masters by Research) students to completion as principal or joint supervisor. He was also associate supervisor of several research students. Professor Benatallah has had over 21 years as a senior lecturer, associate professor, professor and then Scientia professor at UNSW Sydney (Australia) before joining DCU. Earlier in his academic career, he was also an academic at Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University (Australia). He was a member of the team (comprising multiple university, government, and industry partners) that constructed the successful bid for the Smart Services CRC (Cooperative Research Centre, Australia, 2008-2013). He was research leader of the data curation foundry research stream at the Data to Decisions CRC (Australia, 2017-209). His research attracted a large amount competitive grant income, including ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery Projects, ARC Linkage Projects) and ARC Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, ARC International Awards and several other Australian government and European Union competitive grants and networks. He held visiting professor positions at several prestigious research institutes and universities including INRIA-LORIA,, Trento University (Italy), Clermont Ferrand, University of Lyon, Paris Dauphine University (France). He obtained a PhD in computer science from Grenoble University (France).
Key words:
Web services composition, Web services middleware, business process automation, quality control in crowd sourcing services, quality control in AI training data, AI training data curation, AI-augmented services, task-oriented conversational services, process mining, API design and engineering, events extraction and recognition, semantic Web services, cloud services orchestration, semantic Web services.

Research Domains
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Governance
  • Data Integration and Quality
  • Entity Extraction
  • Knowledge & Data Engineering
  • Linked Data / Semantic Web / Knowledge Graphs
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Privacy & Ethics
  • Semantic Representation