Dr. Zornitsa Kozareva is a Manager of the AWS Deep Learning group at Amazon that builds and solves natural language processing and dialog applications. Before that she was a Senior Manager at Yahoo! leading the Query Processing group that powered Mobile Search and Advertisement. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Kozareva wore an academic hat as ResearchProfessor at the University of Southern California CS Department with affiliation to Information Information Sciences Institute, where she spearheaded research funded by DARPA and IARPA on learning to read, interpreting metaphors and building knowledge bases from the Web. Dr. Kozareva regularly serves as Area Chair and PC of top tier NLP conferences. She has organized four SemEval scientific challenges and has published over 60 research papers. Dr. Kozareva is a recipient of the John Atanasoff Award given by the President of Republic of Bulgaria in 2016 for her contributions and impact in science, education and industry; the Yahoo! Labs Excellence Award in 2014 and the RANLP Young Scientist Award in 2011.
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