Associate professor of Computer Science, at Birzeit University in Palestine. He was a Fulbright visiting professor at the University at Buffalo in the USA (2016-2017), a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Cyprus (2007-2009), and a senior research scientist at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1999-2007), where he completed his Masters (2000) and PhD (early 2005). Prof. Jarrar published +75 articles and refereed reports in the areas of Ontology Engineering, Lexical Semantics, Natural Language processing, Semantic Web, and Databases. He chaired 23 international workshops, a PC member of +100s journals/conferences, a coordinator/manager of 25 large EU project, a full member of the IFIP2.6 on Database Semantics, the IFIP2.12 on Web Semantics, and the UN ESCWA Technology Centre Board of Governors, among others. Prof. Jarrar is also the founder of both Sina Institute for Knowledge Engineering and Language Technologies
, and the Palestinian eGovernment Academy
. He also was voluntarily serving as an advisor at the Palestinian ministry of Telecom & IT for e-government topics, where he developed and chaired the Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework (called Zinnar
Grants and Projects
Faculty Research Award
: (51040$, Unrestricted Gift)
To foster R&D activities related to publishing a large-scale lexicon database for Arabic.
: (Palestinian Partner)
3. Arabic Ontology
798,000 EURO from EU-FP7, No. 612076
, 13 Partners, 24 Months[2014-2015].
To foster R&D cooperation between EU and Mediterranean countries on ICT and its support in EU-MED societal challenges.
14500$ seed funding from Birzeit University
, [2010 - Open Ended].
To develop an Arabic Ontology, a formal specification of the concepts of all Arabic words, similar to Arabic WordNet, but with ontological principles.
11500$ from Birzeit University
. 18 Months,[July 2014-Jan16]
To develop a large-scale graph of the Arabic verbs, and their inflectional relations.
6. Zinnar - The Palestinian e-Government Interoperability Framework:
(Inventor and Principal Architect)
8. Palestinian e-Governance Academy (PalGov I)
560,000€ from EU FP7
(No. 295006), 5 Partners, 36 months (Oct'2011-Sep'2014).
Building Multilingual and Multi-cultural Knowledge Sharing Technologies.
564,964€ from EU-TEMPUS
(No. 511159), 11 partners, 24 months [2010-2012]
Capacity building for Palestinian ministries to gain the know-how for implementing e-government services, in three main areas (interoperability, security, IT-laws).
50,000€ from CooperLink-Italy, 2 partners, 18 months [2010-2012].
Ontology-Based Interoperability of e-Government Services.
To develop a novel approach for querying the Data Web (Web 3.0)
: (EU Marie Curie actions)
SEARCHing In a Networked world.
12. Knowledge Web
: (6,700,000€, EU FP6-IST-2002-507482 Networks of Excellence, [Jan'04-Dec'07] )
Supporting the transition of Ontology technology from Academia to Industry
: (EU FP5-IST-2001-38422)
Innovation engineering for the support of scientific discovery
: (594,591€, EU FP5-IST-2001-34908 Networks of Excellence, [June'02-Nov'03] )
Consumer Complaint FORM for online resolution mechanisms.
: (1,865,799€, EU FP5-IST-2000-29243 Thematic network, [June'01-May'04] )
Ontology-based Information Exchange for Knowledge Management and Electronic Commerce.
: (2,601,085€, EU FP5-IST-1999-12392 CSC, [Mar'00-Feb'02] )
News Agencies Multilingual Information Categorization
: (DWTC funded)
On ontology-based browsing in a (digital) library.
: (VUB funded)
To develop a prototype of a next generation Digital University Library system.
To develop Ontology-Guided Mediation of Applications. A framework for engineering and deploying formal ontologies.