Dr. Mahmoud El-Haj is a NLP Lecturer in Computer Science at the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. Mahmoud received his PhD in Computer Science from The University of Essex working on Arabic Multi-document Summarization. His research interests include Arabic and multilingual NLP, Machine Learning, Information Extraction, Financial Narratives Processing and Corpus and Computational Linguistics. Mahmoud worked on multidisciplinary research projects at Lancaster University collaborating with big financial firms in London and has previously worked as a Data Mining developer and researcher at the UK Data Archive.

Research Interests

Research Interests Language Resources, Data Science, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Health and Medicine, Biomedical Data, Text Summarisation, Corpus and Computational Linguistics, Financial Narrative Processing and Disclosures, Big Data, Interdisciplinary Research, Machine Learning on Text Classification, Crowd-sourcing, Information Extraction.

PhD Supervision

For more details on PhD supervision, topics of interest and how to apply please visit the following link before contacting me:
PhD Supervision Information (read before you email me)

I am interested in supervising PhD students on research topics related to:

  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Arabic and multilingual NLP
  • Financial Narratives Processing and Financial NLP Technologies
  • Information Extraction and document structure detection
  • Automatic Text Summarisation (Extractive, Abstractive)
  • Text Machine Learning, Classification and Clustering
  • Corpus and Computational Linguistics
  • Language and dialect identification



Winning team for the best audience-facing tool - BBC NewsHack event , London, 2016.

Fully funded Internship at the National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan, 2011.

Best Paper Award at the 4th LTC Conference, Poznan, Poland, 2009.