Labiba Jahan, Ph.D.

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Labiba Jahan, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Office Location: Caruth Hall 483

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  • B.S.,Shahjalal University of Science & Technology at Bangladesh

  • M.S. & Ph.D. Florida International University at Florida


Labiba Jahan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Before joining SMU, she was an assistant professor at Augustana College, IL. She completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Florida International University under the guidance of Dr. Mark Finlayson. In 2019, she served as a research intern at the Product Simulation and Modeling Group at Siemens Corporate Technology in Princeton, NJ.

She enjoys working in both roles, as a teacher and researcher. She loves to teach courses related to competitive programming and artificial intelligence (AI). Her research expertise is in the domain of narrative understanding, semantic analysis, and NLP pipeline design. She received several internal grants and fellowships from Augustana College, IL and published many of her research works at the top NLP conferences including EMNLP, COLING.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Paper, workshop on NLP for Positive Impact co-located with EMNLP 2022, Abu Dhabi.


  • Natural Language Processing
  • Narrative Understanding
  • Machine Learning

Recent Publications

  • Labiba Jahan, Geeticka Chauhan, Mark A. Finlayson (2018). A New Approach to Animacy Detection. In Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), Santa Fe, New Mexico, (pp. 1-12).