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Anna Farzindar

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Part-Time Lecturer of Computer Science


  • 2005, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of Montreal
  • 2005, Doctoral Degree, Applied Mathematics, Universite of Paris IV Sorbonne
  • 2001, Master's Degree, Applied Mathematics, Universite of Paris IV Sorbonne
  • 1998, Bachelor's Degree, Applied Mathematics, Amir-Kabir University Tech
  • 1905, Doctoral Degree, Princeton University


Dr. Anna (Atefeh) Farzindar is a research associate and Health Informatics advisor of the NSF's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC) and lecturer at the Viterbi School of engineering of University of Southern California (USC).

She was the CEO and co-founder of NLP Technologies Inc., a company specializing in Natural Language Processing (NLP), established in Montreal, Canada and was the Adjunct Professor at University of Montreal (2009-2015).

She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Montreal and her Doctorate in automatic summarization of legal documents from Paris-Sorbonne University ("La mention très honorable" / graduated with highest honors for the top 2%) in 2005.

She has served as Industry Chair of Canadian Artificial Intelligence Association (2013-2015), Chair of the technology sector of the Language Industry Association Canada (AILIA) (2009-2013), vice president of The Language Technologies Research Centre (LTRC) of Canada (2012-2014), a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Computer Science Liaison Committee (since 2014) and Member of the Canadian Advisory Committee of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). She was Honorary Research Fellowship at the Research Group in Computational Linguistics at the University of Wolverhampton, UK (2010-2012) and Lecturer at Polytechnique Montreal, engineering school (2012-2014).

Recently, she co-authored a book in Natural Language Processing for Social Media, published by Morgan and Claypool publishers, 2015 and a book chapter in Social Network Integration in Document Summarization, Innovative Document Summarization Techniques: Revolutionizing Knowledge Understanding, IGI Global publisher January 2014.

Dr. Farzindar won Femmessor-Montréal’s contest, Succeeding with a balanced lifestyle, in the Innovative Technology and Information and Communications Technology category because of her involvement in the arts. Her paintings have recently been published in a book titled One Thousand and One Nights. 2014, in which the palette of vivid colors and her unique contemporary style revolved around on the place of women in modern society (Vernissage & Artist Book Launch, Montréal, Galerie 203)

Research Summary

Natural Language Processing, Health Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Machine Translation, Semantics and Text summarization, Social Media

  • Computer Science

  • PHE 310
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-0478
  • farzinda@usc.edu


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