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Amal Zouaq
M.Sc.Université de Montréal (2001)., Ph.D.Université de Montréal (2008) – Informatique

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 2228 Fax: (514) 340-5139 Room: M-3416
Areas of expertise
Artificial intelligence
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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Natural Langage Processing
  • Semantic Web
  • Automatic extraction of knowledge bases
  • Learning analytics
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2800 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Computer Vision, use 2603)


Recent publications
Conference paper
Marchand, E., Gagnon, M. & Zouaq, A. (2020). Extraction of a Knowledge Graph from French Cultural Heritage Documents. Paper presented at the 24th East-European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems (ADBIS 2020), the 24th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2020), and the 16th Workshop on Business Intelligence and Big Data (EDA 2020), Lyon, France (pp. 23-35). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Bhatnagar, S., Zouaq, A., Desmarais, M.C. & Charles, E. (2020). Learnersourcing quality assessment of explanations for peer instruction. Paper presented at the 15th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2020), Heidelberg, Germany (pp. 144-157). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Ghavidel, H.A., Zouaq, A. & Desmarais, M.C. (2020). Using BERT and XLNET for the automatic short answer grading task. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2020) (pp. 58-67). Retrieved from
Conference paper
Zouaq, A. & Martel, F. (2020). What is the schema of your knowledge graph?: Leveraging knowledge graph embeddings and clustering for expressive taxonomy learning. Paper presented at the International Workshop on on Semantic Big Data (SBD 2020), Portland, OR (6 pages). Retrieved from


Amal Zouaq is an Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Her research interests include natural language processing, Semantic Web, ontology engineering, knowledge extraction and technology-enhanced learning. She is the director of the WeST Lab (with her colleague Prof. Michel Gagnon) and she is a member of the TAMALE Lab (Text analysis and Machine Learning) at the University of Ottawa. She serves as a member of the program committee and as a reviewer in many conferences and journals in knowledge and data engineering, natural language processing, learning analytics and the Semantic Web.

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Master's Thesis (11)

    • Farvacque, D. (2020). Re-BERT OQA : un système de question-réponse dans le domaine ouvert (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Marchand, E. (2020). Extraction automatique d'une base de connaissances à partir de documents archéologiques et patrimoniaux en français (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Martel, F. (2020). Extraction de taxonomie par regroupement hiérarchique de plongements vectoriels de graphes de connaissances (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Radoev, N. (2019). Multilingual SPARQL Query Generation Using Lexico-Syntactic Patterns (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Ferry, F. (2018). Identification de relations entre personnes et biens immobiliers à partir de données textuelles (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Haidar-Ahmad, L. (2017). Extraction d'axiomes et de règles logiques à partir de définitions de wikipédia en langage naturel (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Chabchoub, M. (2016). Amélioration des performances des annotateurs sémantiques (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Font, L. (2016). Évaluation et amélioration de la qualité de DBpedia pour la représentation de la connaissance du domaine (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Lange Di Cesare, K. (2016). Amélioration de la précision de systèmes d'extraction de relations en utilisant un filtre générique basé sur l'apprentissage statistique (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • N'techobo, E.P.A. (2016). Annotations sémantiques et analyse de surface pour l'extraction de graphes d'abstraction de débats politiques (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Desmarais, F.-X. (2012). Comparaison d'une approche à base de règles avec une approche utilisant de l'apprentissage machine pour l'analyse sémantique (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from