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Dr. Marjana PRIFTI SKËNDULI


EDUCATION

Ph.D. : Computer Science, University of New York Tirana, Albania (2021)

M.Sc. : Computer Science, University of New York Tirana in collaboration with University of Greenwich in UK., Albania (2012)

B.Sc. : Telecommunication Engineering, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania (2005)

AREAS OF INTEREST

Research: Pattern Classification, Information Retrieval, Natural Language Processing, Classification, Machine Learning, Knowledge Discovery, Computational Intelligence, Data Science

Teaching: Introduction to Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Computer Applications, System Administration, Artificial Intelligence.

EXPERIENCE

Academic Experience

University of New York Tirana (AL), Department of Computer Science, Assistant Professor (2016-Current)

University of New York Tirana (AL), Department of Computer Science, Part-time Lecturer (2012-2015)

Administrative Experience

University of New York Tirana, Ethics Committee Member (2019-Current)

University of New York Tirana, Senate Member (2020-Current)

Professional Experience

Sheraton Tirana Hotel – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. ®, Director of the IT Department, 2008-2016

Sheraton Tirana Hotel – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. ®, Head of the IT Department, 2006-2008

RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Refereed Journal Articles

Ranathunga, S., Lee, E. S. A., Skenduli, M. P., Shekhar, R., Alam, M., & Kaur, R. (2021). Neural machine translation for low-resource languages: A survey. arXiv preprint arXiv:2106.15115.

Skenduli, M. P., Biba, M., Loglisci, C., Ceci, M., & Malerba, D. (2021). Mining emotion-aware sequential rules at user-level from micro-blogs. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, 1-26.

Books and Book Chapters

Skenduli, M. P., & Biba, M. (2020). Classification and clustering of emotive microblogs in Albanian: Two user-oriented tasks. In Complex Pattern Mining (pp. 153-171). Springer, Cham.

Skënduli, M. P., Biba, M., & Ceci, M. (2018). Implementing Scalable Machine Learning Algorithms for Mining Big Data: A State-of-the-Art Survey. In Big Data in Engineering Applications (pp. 65-81). Springer, Singapore.

Refereed Conference Presentations

Skenduli, M. P., Biba, M., Loglisci, C., Ceci, M., & Malerba, D. (2018, October). User-emotion detection through sentence-based classification using deep learning: A case-study with microblogs in Albanian. In International Symposium on Methodologies for Intelligent Systems (pp. 258-267). Springer, Cham.

Skenduli, M. P., Loglisci, C., Ceci, M., Biba, M., & Malerba, D. (2018, March). An empirical evaluation of sequential pattern mining algorithms. In International Conference on Emerging Internetworking, Data & Web Technologies (pp. 615-626). Springer, Cham.

Skënduli, M. P., & Biba, M. (2013, August). A named entity recognition approach for Albanian. In 2013 International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI) (pp. 1532-1537). IEEE.

Posters

Skenduli, M.P. and Grabocka, D., 2020. User-Emotion Analysis Leveraging Pre-trained Word Embedding Models for Albanian: An Empirical Evaluation. 7th ACM womENcourage Conference.

Skenduli, M. P., Biba M., 2019. Classification and Clustering of Emotive Microblogs in Albanian: Two User-Oriented Tasks. Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning Summer School 2019, Alberta, CA.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2020: Heidelberg Laureate Forum (vHLF) 2020 – Young Researcher. Selected among the top 200 Young Researchers to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF)

2012: Best Dissertation Award at the 2nd  Graduate Conference in Computer Science.

2009: President’s Award – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. ®, Information Technology Manager of the year 2009.

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