Dr Sarvnaz Karimi

Senior Research Scientist

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Sarvnaz is a researcher with expertise in Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning. In 2012, she joined CSIRO where she started working in CSIRO language technology team as well as collaborating with researchers in eHealth program. She works on different projects including Australia at Your Service (expertise search), Adverse Drug Reaction Discovery from patient reports (information extraction from social media), and Deep learning for Biomedical Text Mining. Before CSIRO, Sarvnaz was a researcher at NICTA (2008-2012) working on search and information retrieval in medical domain (BioTALA project).

Sarvnaz has been serving as chair, area-chair, and programme committee member of a number of local and international conferences in NLP and IR, including ALTA, ADCS, SIGIR, CIKM, and ACL. She has also served as reviewer of a number of journals including ACM Computing Surveys, Artificial Intelligence for Medicine, BMC medical informatics and decision making, Language Resources and Evaluation, and Information Processing & Management.

Sarvnaz's formal background is in Computer Science and Software Engineering. She completed a PhD degree in Natural Language Processing, specifically on machine transliteration in 2008. Her masters thesis was in the domain of Information Retrieval, focusing on query expansion using document clustering techniques. Sarvnaz's bachelor's degree was in software engineering.

More information at: LinkedIn Profile, Google scholar for publication, or Publons Profile

Other Interests

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

  • Research Scientist
    Australia At Your Service

  • Research Scientist
    Enhanced coding of cause of death recorded on death certificates

  • Research Scientist
    Emergency Situation Awareness

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    PhD Computer Science
    RMIT University

  • 2004

    MSc Computer Science

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist, CSIRO Computational Informatics

  • 2008-2012

    Researcher, NICTA, Biomedical Text Mining Project

  • 2008-2012

    Honorary Researcher, The University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia

  • 2011-2011

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

  • 2005-2008

    Sessional Tutor, Head Tutor, and Instructor, RMIT University

  • 2013-2015

    Project Leader, CSIRO Computational Informatics, Drug side-effect discovery project


  • 2018-2020

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

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-2018

    Publicity chair of ACL

  • 2018-2018

    Area chair of COLING 2018

  • 2017-2018

    Area chair of ACL

  • 2016-2016

    Co-chair of Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS)

  • 2012-present

    Volunteer Scientists at Scientist & Mathematician in School (SMiS)

  • 2016-present

    Member of ADCS Steering commitee

  • 2015-present

    Member of ALTA executive committee

  • 2018-2018

    Program committee of EMNLP (Awarded Best Reviewer Award)

  • 2018-2018

    Program committee of AMIA

  • 2018-2018

    Program Committee of SIGIR demonstrations

  • 2017 -2017

    Program committee of ALTA

  • 2017-2017

    Program committee of ADCS

  • 2016-2016

    Program Committee of ALTA

  • 2016-2016

    Reviewer for BMC Medical informatics

  • 2016-2016

    Program committee ACL NEWS (Named Entities Workshop)

  • 2015-2015

    Co-chair of Australasian Document Computing Symposium (ADCS)

  • 2015-2015

    Program Committee of CIKM

  • 2015-2015

    Program Committee of Australasian Language Technology Workshop

  • 2018-2018

    Program Comitte of IUI 2019

  • 2013-2013

    Co-chair of Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA)

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We have publications by Dr Sarvnaz Karimi
For more publications, please see Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=BRzka3AAAAAJ&hl=en