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Ralph Abboud

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Ralph Abboud

Doctoral Student

Student, Jesus College

Leaving date: 5th October 2022


My research interests primarily lie at the intersection between deep learning and knowledge representation and reasoning. In particular, I am interested in developing hybrid neuro-symbolic systems, based on neural networks and explicit logical structures, to more efficiently and reliably learn patterns and make inferences from data. The main aim of my research is to produce systems that combine the learning capacity of deep neural networks with the reliability, safety, and interpretability of logical systems.


I earned a B.E. in Computer Engineering from the Lebanese American University (LAU), with a minor in Mathematics, in 2017, and my capstone project, supervised by Dr. Joe Tekli, was on automated sentiment-aware music composition using machine learning and genetic algorithms. I then completed an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Oxford in 2018, with my thesis, supervised by Prof. Daniel Kroening, tackling neural program synthesis. Parallel to my studies, I also earned a Baccalaureate degree in Piano performance from the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music (LNHCM) in 2017.

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