Marjana Prifti Skenduli is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of New York Tirana (UNYT). Prior to that, she spent over 12 years in the international 5-star hospitality industry attaining an exceptional career track as IT executive. Throughout her tenure as Information Technology Director of Sheraton Tirana Hotel-Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc.®, Marjana has built a reputation for expertise with Information Systems, Risk Management, Internet Security, Database and Systems Administration, Online Marketing, Project Portfolio and IT Auditing.
She received a bachelor degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University of Tirana in 2005. It was in 2012 when she graduated with Distinction from University of New York in Tirana in collaboration with University of Greenwich, UK with a dual degree in Computer Science. Currently, she is a full time lecturer and a diligent Computer Science Ph.D. candidate at the UNYT. Her research interests lie primarily in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) domain spanning Natural Language Processing, Pattern Recognition and Data Mining.
At the beginning of her research journey, she explored the NLP domain building the first NER model for the Albanian language, based on the maximum entropy approach. During her PhD studies she has developed a strong interest and enthusiasm on opinion mining and sentiment analysis of microblogging texts, materialized through her publications. As a result, Marjana finds herself drawn to the research conducted at the intersection of AI and Social and Behavioral Sciences, in her pursuit to solve problems and understand cognition, language and social behavior manifested especially in social media.
She has authored over 7 refereed publications appearing in academic venues such as ACM, ISMIS, IEEE and Springer Nature. Marjana has been awarded several scholarships and grants from international renowned institutions including University of Alberta, University of Oxford, CBMM-MIT, ACM, Heidelberg Laureate Forum, Politehnica University of Bucharest, Google LLC. and Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA.
Marjana is a tireless and eloquent champion of the causes she cares about such as digital literacy and gender equality. Since 2017, she is a passionate STEM/STEAM advocate and mentor. Through her volunteer engagement as the EU CodeWeek Ambassador and WiDS Ambassador for Albania, she has made it her life's motto to get people of all ages and backgrounds excited about the bold possibilities of a STEM education. Outside of work, Marjana enjoys immersing herself in literary worlds and exploring nature with her family.
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