Dr. Asif Ekbal is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Patna. He has been pursuing research in Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Extraction, Text Mining and Machine Learning (ML) since the last 20 years. He has authored around 300 papers in top-tier conferences like AAAI, ACL, SIGIR, EMNLP, COLING, HLT/NAACL, and journals like Computational Linguistics, ACM Transactions, IEEE Transactions, PlosOne, Scientific Reports etc. Asif has been involved in several sponsored research projects, funded by the different private agencies, such as Elsevier, Accenture, ezDI, LG, Skymap, Samsung Research, Wipro, Flipkart; and Govt. agencies such as MeiTY, Govt. of India, MHRD, Govt. of India, and SERB, Govt. of India etc.
Recently, he has served as PC Co-chair, ICONIP-2022. He has been serving as an Area Chair, PC member and as a Reviewer to several well-known conferences: Area Chair, EACL 2021; NAACL-19’s area chair on QA; Senior PC member of AAAI-2021, 2020; IJCAI-2019, 2020; PC and/review committee of ACL, EMNLP, CoNLL, IJCNLP, COLING, NAACL, AAAI, IJCAI etc.
He is currently the Associate Editor of ACM TALLIP; Computer Speech and Language, Elsevier; Plosone; Sadhana, Springer; Springer Nature Computer Science, Springer; and has been in the editorial board member, Machine Translation, Springer.
He is currently the member of AI Standardization Committee, Govt of India; Secretary, NLP Association of India.
He is an awardee of "Best Innovative Project Award" from the "Indian National Academy of Engineering", Govt. of India, "JSPS Invitation Fellowship" from Govt of Japan and "Young Faculty Research Fellowship Award" of the Govt. of India. He is listed in the top 2% scientists, published by Stanford University findings in Elsevier (2021, 2022, 2023), and in the list of top computer scientists, published by Openresearch.com (2022 and 2023).