Dr Sarvnaz Karimi

Senior Research Scientist

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Sarvnaz is a senior researcher at CSIRO's Data61. She has over 12 years of experience working in health informatics, applying her expertise at the intersection of Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning. At CSIRO, she has worked on different projects including Medical Decision Support (with Precision Health Future Science Platform), Syndromic Surveillance for Infectious Diseases, Artificial Intelligence Roadmap, Information extraction for digital leasing, Australia at Your Service (Network expertise search), Adverse Drug Reaction Discovery from patient reports (information extraction from social media), Deep learning for Biomedical Text Mining, and Social media mining for emergency situational awareness (ESA). Before CSIRO, Sarvnaz was a researcher at NICTA (2008-2012) working on search and information retrieval in medical domain.

Sarvnaz is very active in the research community at large, in Australia and internationally. Sarvnaz is currently deputy director of publicity at the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), which is the main international professional body for NLP. She is the president elect of Australasian Language Technology Association (ALTA). She has served as chair, area-chair, and programme committee member of a number of major national and international conferences, including Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ALTA), Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS), the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR), The Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM), the International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), and the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). She serves as reviewer for a number of journals including ACM Computing Surveys, Artificial Intelligence for Medicine, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, Language Resources and Evaluation, and Information Processing \& Management. Through CSIRO and the Data61 scholarship programme, Sarvnaz currently co-supervises five PhD students from different Australian universities. Sarvnaz is a member of Australasian Institute of Digital Health.

Sarvnaz's formal background is in Computer Science and Software Engineering. She completed a PhD in Natural Language Processing in 2008. She has a masters in Artificial Intelligence, and a bachelor's degree in Software Engineering.

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Other Interests

Since 2012, Sarvnaz volunteers some of her time in the Scientist & Mathematician in School program (ICT Professional), in the hope to encourage more students to study computer science. That includes visiting schools and teaching basics of computer science such as algorithms of searching and sorting, introduction to programming (e.g., Python), as well as giving public lectures or demos.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Medical Decision Support Project within Precision Health Future Science Platform (https://research.csiro.au/lasc/home/projects/medical-decision-support/)

  • Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Low Carb Diet meals project, Responsible for evaluation using social media

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    PhD Computer Science
    RMIT University

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist

  • 2008-2012


  • 2008-2012

    Honorary Researcher
    Melbourne University

  • 2011-2011

    Semester 2, Guest Lecturer of Information Retrieval Course at School of Computer Science and Information Technology
    RMIT University

  • 2005-2008

    Sessional Tutor, Head Tutor, and Instructor
    RMIT University

  • 2013-2015

    Project Leader, Drug side-effect discovery project

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    Part of the LaSC LIS-Accurait project team that won two merit awards at the 2019 NSW iAwards ceremony for Infrastructure and Platforms Innovation of the Year and Business Service Markets
    iAwards NSW

  • 2019-2019

    Outstanding Reviewer
    EMNLP Conference

  • 2018-2018

    Outstanding Reviewer
    EMNLP Conference

  • 2009-2009

    Best full-paper award

  • 2005-2008

    International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
    RMIT University

  • 2008-2008

    Commendation on PhD Thesis to be of highest merit and internationally forefront in its field
    RMIT University


  • 2018-2020

    OCE grant for hiring a postdoc on Syndromic Surveillance from Social Media

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2019-present

    Deputy director of Publicity for Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)

  • 2019-2020

    President of Australasian Language Technology Association

  • 2020-2020

    Program committee of The Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2021)

  • 2020-2020

    Program Committee of ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2021)

  • 2020-2020

    Program Committee of AACL-IJCNLP

  • 2020-2020

    Area chair of EMNLP 2020

  • 2019-2020

    Area Chair of ACL 2020

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee of AAAI

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee of EMNLP

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee of ECML

  • 2019-2019

    Area chair of ACL 2019

  • 2019-2019

    Program committee NAACL

  • 2018-2018

    Program Comittee of IUI 2019

  • 2018-2018

    Area chair of COLING 2018

  • 2018-2018

    Program committee of EMNLP

  • 2017-2018

    Publicity chair of ACL 2018

  • 2018-2018

    Program committee of AMIA

  • 2018-2018

    Program Committee of SIGIR demonstrations

  • 2017-2017

    Area chair of ACL 2017

  • 2015-2016

    Co-chair of Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS)

  • 2016-2020

    Member of ADCS Steering commitee

  • 2015-present

    Member of ALTA executive committee

  • 2014 -2019

    Program committee of ALTA

  • 2017-2018

    Program committee of ADCS

  • 2016-2016

    Program committee of ACL NEWS (Named Entities Workshop)

  • 2015-2015

    Program Committee of CIKM

  • 2013-2013

    Co-chair of Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA)

  • 2021-2021

    Area Chair of ACL-IJCNLP 2021

  • 2020-present

    Reviewer for TACL

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