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Dr. Özlem Uzuner

Dr. Özlem Uzuner is an Associate Professor of Information Science and Technology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at University at Albany, SUNY. She has been associated with Nowigence from the very start of the product development phase.

Özlem specializes in natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and data science applications. Her passion is to improve automatic language understanding, even when the narratives are written in ungrammatical, fragmented, and short-hand ambiguous utterances.

Özlem not only develops novel methods for natural language understanding, but also develops and releases data sets that enable the advancement of the state-of-the-art in NLP. Since 2006, she has developed numerous data sets in collaboration with Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Veteran’s Administration at Salt Lake City, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, and others.  She serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. She has guest edited several supplemental issues of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and is the author of 70+ peer reviewed publications.  Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Philips Research North America.

Özlem holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also received her undergrad and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and Computer Science from MIT.