Tarek Zaarour

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Tarek Zaarour is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the open distributed systems unit led by Prof. Edward Curry at Insight, University of Galway. His current research focuses on peer-to-peer information management and sharing. In particular, he is interested in decentralized semantic interoperability, semantic search, and knowledge linking via knowledge graphs and representation learning.

Tarek holds an MSc in Risk Management and Information Systems from the Lebanese University (2014-16). He graduated with a PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Galway in April 2022. His PhD thesis titled “Adaptive Knowledge Extraction and Loose Semantic Coupling in Multimedia Publish/Subscribe Overlay Networks” studied the integration of unstructured multimedia content (e.g., images, videos, and audio) as native event types in distributed publish/subscribe systems. His research interests include, middleware systems, event processing and event-driven architectures, peer-to-peer information exchange, semantic matching, and applied machine learning.

  • Research contributions in distributed multimedia event processing, real-time anomaly detection over data streams, and semantic interoperability in peer-to-peer publish/subscribe systems.
  • Co-designed an edge-cloud Multimodal event processing platform for scalable and real-time knowledge extraction from heterogeneous sensory information (e.g., images, videos, audio, and text).
  • Publications in reputable venues and journals including IEEE Internet of Things and Elsevier Future Generation Systems Journals.