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Jonathan Abourbih

  • B.A.Sc, M.Sc
  • Technical Services Manager
  • Blackboard Inc.
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Recent publications

  • A single-significant-digit calculus for semi-automated guesstimation

    • Abourbih J
    • Blaney L
    • Bundy A
    • et al.
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  • Using linked data for semi-automatic guesstimation

    • Abourbih J
    • Bundy A
    • McNeill F

Professional experience

Technical Services Manager

Blackboard Inc.

October 2009 - Present

Tutorial Leader

School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

September 2008 - May 2009(8 months)


Blackboard, Inc.

October 2005 - August 2008(3 years)

Technical Support Analyst

Blackboard, Inc.

December 2003 - October 2005(2 years)

Electrical Engineer

Prism Engineering Ltd.

July 2002 - December 2003(a year)


M.Sc. (Artificial Intelligence)

School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh

September 2008 - September 2009(a year)

B.A.Sc. (Computer Engineering)

University of British Columbia

September 1997 - May 2002(5 years)


I'm Technical Services Manager at Blackboard Collaborate, where I work on solutions for communication and collaboration in education. All together, I have nearly 7 years working in the education technology industry. I recently completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Edinburgh where I worked with Prof. Alan Bundy to devise a formal method for semi-automatic guesstimation. I also implemented the method in a system that can solve a number of guesstimation problems using semantic web data available through the Linked Data project. Guesstimation is the art and science of finding answers to problems that may require combining data from multiple different sources in unusual ways. I find this field particularly interesting because it's a combination of mathematical reasoning, information retrieval, and question answering. There's also an element of fun and surprise to the questions and answers, like "How many cells are there in the human body?" or, "If all the hairs on an average woman's head were laid end to end, how far would they reach?" The best part about this work is that you can explain it to a 6-year-old.


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