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), 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 (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 co-supervises PhD students from different universities across Australia through CSIRO scholarships.

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

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

Academic Qualifications

  • 2008

    PhD Computer Science
    RMIT University

  • 2004

    MSc Computer Science

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-present

    Research Scientist

  • 2008-2012

    Researcher, NICTA, Biomedical Text Mining Project

  • 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 Instructo
    RMIT University

  • 2013-2015

    Project Leader, Drug side-effect discovery project

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2018

    Best Reviewer Award
    EMNLP Conference

  • 2009-2009

    Best full-paper award

  • 2005-2008

    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

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee of EMNLP

  • 2019-2019

    Program Committee of ECML

  • 2019-2019

    Area chair of ACL

  • 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

  • 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 -2018

    Program committee of ALTA

  • 2017-2018

    Program committee of ADCS

  • 2016-2016

    Program committee ACL NEWS (Named Entities Workshop)

  • 2015-2015

    Program Committee of CIKM

  • 2013-2013

    Co-chair of Australasian Language Technology Workshop (ALTA)

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