Whoami

Housam, a Research Associate with the Unit of Natural Language Processing at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Galway. I am working on data and knowledge visualisation and creating software in the context of several projects. I am passionate about creating beautiful designs for print and for the web, and the happyness I pursue doing this.

My responsibilities include:

  • Development of front-end services enabling knowledge navigation, by use of text mining and Linked Data based technologies such as topic extraction, taxonomy generation, entity linking, and sentiment analysis.
  • Assisting in experiments at understanding usability and user behaviour with Saffron and other relevant tools and prototypes.
  • Applying technologies related to Data Visualization, web-based knowledge presentation, exploration and discovery, Semantic Web, and Linked Data.
  • Designing and architecture of software prototypes for data and knowledge visualization.


    Education

    • Master’s degree in Software Engineering and Database Technologies (MSCSED) from NUI Galway, Ireland.
    • BA in Linguistics and Literature from Damascus University, Syria.

    Languages

    • e English
    • ع Arabic
    • é French
    • Chinese
    • ġ Gaeilge


    Skills

    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • User Interface (UI)
    • User Experience (UX)
    • Web Development
    • Business Development
    • Marketing
    • Responsive Web Design
    • PHP
    • Python
    • Java
    • MYSQL
    • HTML / HTML5
    • CSS / CSS3
    • Javascript / Jquery
    • NodeJS
    • AngularJS


    History

    • Research Associate - Software Engineer

      Insight Centre for Data Analytics

      September 2014 - Now

      • Development: to develop front-end services enabling knowledge navigation, by use of text mining and Linked Data based technologies for e.g. topic extraction, taxonomy generation, entity linking, sentiment analysis;
      • Research: to assist in research experiments at understanding usability and user behaviour with Saffron and other relevant tools and prototypes.
      • To apply technologies related to Data Visualisation, web-based knowledge presentation, exploration and discovery, Semantic Web, Linked Data
      • Design and architecture of software prototypes for data and knowledge visualisation
    • Research Assistant - UI/UX Developer

      Insight Centre for Data Analytics

      September 2014 - Now

      • Development: to develop front-end services enabling knowledge navigation, by use of text mining and Linked Data based technologies for e.g. topic extraction, taxonomy generation, entity linking, sentiment analysis;
      • Research: to assist in research experiments at understanding usability and user behaviour with Saffron and other relevant tools and prototypes.
      • To apply technologies related to Data Visualisation, web-based knowledge presentation, exploration and discovery, Semantic Web, Linked Data
      • Design and architecture of software prototypes for data and knowledge visualisation
    • Business Operation Manager

      Awael Group MENA

      March 2009 - May 2014

      • Technical translation for products catalogues and user manuals.
      • Communications with suppliers for purchases, business agreements and for after-sales technical support.
      • Developing the Logistics Department from Company to Corporate level.
      • Designing and Developing a special software to handle orders, suppliers, shipping and all logistics info.
      • Adding handlers to our work procedures to achieve better results in more cost-efficient ways.
      • Managing Requisitions orders from 7 companies of the group.
      • Purchasing all requirements from local suppliers or overseas.
      • Following group procedures and management of time and money to get payments on time in all ways (Bank transfers - Letter of credit - express exchange and others).
      • Sending & receiving through shipping agents and local clearance brokers for all kinds of shipping (Sea - Cargo - Express - Land).
      • Documenting & reporting literally or in written reports to high management about all related issues according to their instructions and group procedures.
    • Creative Media Coordinator

      JOY FILMS ME

      September 2008 - February 2009

      • Coordinating between English management team and local Arab clients.
      • Video editing.
      • Editing and developing the website content.
      • Coordinating media distribution with clients.
      • Purchasing from local market and suppliers.
      • Managing stocks and stationary requirements on time.
      • Following up with print-press companies for delivery of different company requirements.
    • Founder

      Emind Creative for Web solutions

      January 2008 - Now

      Creative solutions for Web Design & Development and interactive media.
      Emind is a creative solution provider for companies and organisations in the fields of web identity to create a diverse range of services that was very limited in the region of Levant and Gulf countries.
      Through the past years, Emind provided creative consultation and development for all kind of web projects whether they were websites or webapps, taking into account smartness, efficiency, user-friendly, simplicity and impact for a perfect individual experience with the clients, while working with them in the spirit of partnership and as an extension.

    • Marketing Manager

      Syrianobles

      December 2007 - September 2008

      • Running presentations and interviews with non-Arab clients.
      • Training clients and writing a user manual for each website (Arabic & English versions).
      • Communications with VIP clients.
      • Running presentations and interviews.
      • Coordinating and communication with internal departments.
      • Planning websites maps and contents.
      • Coordinating customers thoughts to staff.
      • Supervising the website process and code quality
    • Marketing Manager

      Awael Group MENA

      December 2003 - September 2007

      • Preparation and administration marketing budget.
      • Translation of brochures and technical data.
      • Interpreting in seminars and presentations held by company suppliers.
      • Campaigns planning.
      • Organising and attending events and exhibitions.
      • Managing the production of marketing materials, and arranging effective distribution.
      • Communications with producers and suppliers.
      • Designing & Supervising the company's websites.
      • Graphic design, printed & interactive.
      • In charge of the company's designs archives
    • Designer / Studio Manager

      Trust Advertising

      June 1998 - November 2003

      • Design and flash design.
      • Approving designs’ quality.
      • Copy-writing contents for clients.
      • Managing the designs’ archives.
      • Organizing the company events.