Here are some of the most interesting things I've done:
In 2018, we grew company to dozens of customers across 4 continents, 12 employees across 2 countries, and moved to US to continue growing the company from here.
In 2017, we took part in YCombinator, the world's most exclusive startup accelerator.
In 2016, we launched Thematic, a customer feedback analysis solution. We help companies understand free-text customer comments. Our customers include Sky TV, AMP Insurance, Fairfax Media and the Fortune 500 ManpowerGroup.
I used to run an on-demand consultancy in Natural Language Processing, helping companies with R&D projects.
I run STEAM ahead events to demonstrate interesting career options to young girls and their mothers.
Prior to that, I was Chief Research Officer at Pingar, leading their R&D team. Pingar specializes in automated metadata assignment and knowledge discovery.
During my PhD in keyword extraction from the Waikato University, I open-sourced Maui, a tool which automatically identifies the main topics in documents.
I interned at Google New York as part of their sentiment analysis team.
I co-authored a survey Mining Meaning from Wikipedia, which describes how researchers around the world use Wikipedia to solve many tasks, from automatic question answering to building ontologies.
In 2008, I was one of the finalists for the Google Australia & NZ Anita Borg Scholarship, which rewards women with leadership skills in technology fields.
I used to peer-review academic articles for Information Systems, The Computer Journal and Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery and served on the program committee for several conferences (LREC, SYRCoDis, NZ CSRSC, ACL-IJCNLP Workshop "People Web's meets NLP")
I was the main organizer of the New Zealand Computer Science Research Student Conference (NZCSRSC) in 2007, which is now revived to take place yearly.
I am a New Zealander and live most of the year in San Francisco with my husband and our two small children.
I grew up in a small town Kerch on the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine, now Russia. Some people think that Kerch might be a possible location of Atlantis (I doubt :-))
My name is Russian (Алена).
My hobbies include yoga, painting, hair dressing (certified) and traveling (I've lived in five countries and visited another dozen or so).