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Nobal Niraula is currently an applied researcher at Boeing Research & Technology. He works on Natural Language Processing and its applications. Particularly, he applies statistical and machine learning techniques for text analytics. His core experties include :
  • Semantic Textual Similarity: Algorithms for semantic textual similarity
  • NLP for Building Educational Applications: Question Generation; Student Answer Evaluation
  • Conversational Systems: Language Understanding; Interactive learning; Virtual Assistants; Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Information Retrieval: Semantic search; Keyword search


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, The University of Memphis, USA, 2010-2015 (Advisor: Vasile Rus)
  • M.Sc., Telecom, Telecom SudParis, France, 2007-2008 (Advisor: Anis Laouiti)
  • M.E., ICT, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 2006-2008 (Advisor: Kanchana Kanchanasut)
  • B.E., Computer Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2001-2005 (Advisor: Arun Timilsina)

Work Experiences

  • Boeing Research & Technology, Applied Researcher, 2015-Present
  • University of Memphis, Research Assistant, 2010-2015
  • Microsoft Research, Research Intern, 2014
  • AT&T Labs Research, Research Intern, 2013
  • AT&T Labs Research, Research Intern, 2012
  • CNRS Labs-France, Research Engineer, 2009-2010
  • INRIA Labs-France, Research Engineer, 2008-2009
  • Kantipur Engineering College-Nepal, Assistant Professor, 2005-2006

Awards and Honors

  • Received third places at both oral and poster competitions at the Computer Science Research Day, University of Memphis, 2015
  • Received the best presentation award at the Computer Science Research Day, University of Memphis, 2013
  • Received the Best Paper Award, First place, at The 13th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (CICLing 2012)
  • Recipient of Finland Full Scholarship, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2006-2008)
  • Recipient of French Government Full Scholarship, Telecom SudParis (M. Sc.) (2007- 2008)
  • Recipient of Young Scholar Award, CPRSouth, Philippines (2007)
  • Recipient of Full Scholarship from Nepal Government for Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) (2001-2005)
  • Recipient of Outstanding Student Stipend, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal (2001-2005)
  • Recipient of Himalayan Trust Scholarship (Established by Late Sir Edmund Hillary) for Intermediate in Science (I. Sc.). (1998-2000)
  • Member of Nepal Engineering Council, Nepal Engineer Association