Dafna is a researcher and developer at the IBM Research Laboratory in Haifa, Israel. She is a member of the Information and Interaction Technologies department, focusing on Information Retrieval Systems. These combine large scale text analytics with indexing and search technologies and systems. Dafna directly contributed to several IBM information management products. She also contributed to Watson for Jeopardy.
Dafna served as the Technical Assistant to the Lab Director in 2002, assisting the technical management of research projects.
Dafna earned the D.Sc. degree in 1987 from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, in Computer Science. Prior to joining the Haifa Lab in 1990, she spent two lovely years at the IBM Almaden Research Center, joining the JBIG Standardization efforts. Dafna teaches at the Computer Science Department of Haifa University. She has been serving on many program committees of the annual IEEE Data Compression Conference, served on the committee of the Combinatorial Pattern Matching Conference, Jerusalem, 2001, and Pisa, Italy, 2008. Her research interests include Source Coding, Computer Systems, Discrete Algorithms and Data Structures, Information Retrieval, and Business Intelligence.