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lrec Papers accepted at LREC 2018

We have a few papers accepted at the 11th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC).

Alexander Panchenko, Eugen Ruppert, Stefano Faralli, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Chris Biemann. Building a Web-Scale Dependency-Parsed Corpus from CommonCrawl.

Alexander Panchenko, Dmitry Ustalov, Stefano Faralli, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Chris Biemann. Improving Hypernymy Extraction with Distributional Semantic Classes.

Stefano Faralli, Els Lefever and Simone Paolo Ponzetto. MIsA: Multilingual "IsA" Extraction from Corpora.

Stefano Faralli, Alexander Panchenko, Chris Biemann and Simone Paolo Ponzetto. LOaDing: Adding Distributional-Semantics Features to Framester.

Sanja Štajner, Marc Franco-Salvador, Paolo Rosso and Simone Paolo Ponzetto. CATS: A Tool for Customised Alignment of Text Simplification Corpora.

jointpapers JOIN-T journal paper accepted

We have a new journal paper summarizing the findings of the first part of our DFG JOIN-T (Joining Ontologies and semantics INduced from Text) project with the colleagues of the Language Technology Group of the University of Hamburg.

Chris Biemann, Stefano Faralli, Alexander Panchenko and Simone Paolo Ponzetto: A framework for enriching lexical semantic resources with distributional semantics. To appear in the Journal of Natural Language Engineering. DOI: 10.1017/S135132491700047X. A pre-print version is available here.

You can find the project homepage here.
mad Some recent journal papers

We have a few papers accepted in a bunch of journal venues:

Goran Glavaš, Marc Franco-Salvador, Simone P. Ponzetto and Paolo Rosso. A resource-light method for cross-lingual semantic textual similarity. Knowledge-Based Systems, volume 143, pages 1-9. DOI: 10.1016/j.knosys.2017.11.041.

Federico Nanni, Laura Dietz and Simone Paolo Ponzetto. Toward a computational history of universities: Evaluating text mining methods for interdisciplinarity detection from PhD dissertation abstracts. To appear in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. DOI: 10.1093/llc/fqx062 (available with a free-access article link here).

acl EMNLP 2017 Outstanding Paper

Our paper on Topic-Based Agreement and Disagreement in US Electoral Manifestos, coauthored with the DH Group at FBK Trento was selected as an Outstanding Paper at EMNLP 2017, one of the premier conferences in the field of NLP.

The paper presents a topic-based analysis of agreement and disagreement in US political manifestos, which relies on a new method for topic detection based on key concept clustering. Data and software can be found here.
aij Artificial Intelligence Journal 2017 Prominent Paper Award

The paper I co-authored back in 2012 with my former colleague Roberto Navigli on BabelNet won the Prominent Paper award 2017 of the Artificial Intelligence journal, the most prestigious journal in the field of AI.

The award recognizes outstanding papers published not more than seven years ago in the AI Journal that are exceptional in their significance and impact. You can find the official announcement here.

jcdl Nomination for the Best Student Paper Award at JCDL 2017

Our paper on Building Entity-Centric Event Collections was nominated for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 edition of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), the top conference in the field of digital libraries. This work is part of a collaboration between our group and Prof. Laura Dietz at the University of New Hampshire in the context of an Elite Post-Doc grant of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung recently awarded from Laura. The paper is available here.

joint IJCAI-17 paper accepted

We have a paper accepted at the 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the premier conference in the field of AI.

Sanja Štajner, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Heiner Stuckenschmidt: Automatic Assessment of Absolute Sentence Complexity.

This work is part of an ongoing DFG-project in the context of our Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 884 on the "Political Economy of Reforms". You can find the paper here.

jointpapers JOIN-T papers accepted

A few papers focused around our DFG JOIN-T (Joining Ontologies and semantics INduced from Text) project with the Language Technology Group of the University of Hamburg have been accepted at major conferences in NLP and Semantic Web.


Stefano Faralli, Alexander Panchenko, Chris Biemann and Simone Paolo Ponzetto: The ContrastMedium Algorithm: Taxonomy Induction From Noisy Knowledge Graphs With Just A Few Links. To appear in the proceedings of EACL 2017.

Alexander Panchenko, Eugen Ruppert, Stefano Faralli, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Chris Biemann: Unsupervised Does Not Mean Uninterpretable: The Case for Word Sense Induction and Disambiguation. To appear in the proceedings of EACL 2017.

Stefano Faralli, Alexander Panchenko, Chris Biemann and Simone Paolo Ponzetto: Linked Disambiguated Distributional Semantic Networks. In proceedings of ISWC 2016.

webisadb WebIsA Database released

We are releasing a very large database of hypernymy relations extracted from the Common Crawl. You can find it here. For details please have a look at the LREC paper describing it (cite it if you find our work useful).

Our WebIsA Database has been used so far as a component in TAXI, our top-performing SemEval TExEval-2 system, as well as for our system participating in the ESWC 016 Open Knowledge Extraction Challenge - for which we received a nomination for best challenge paper!

joint JOIN-T team wins SemEval TExEval-2

A system developed as part of a collaboration between the NLP group of DWS and the Language Technology group of TU Darmstadt has been ranked first in an upcoming SemEval challenge on Taxonomy Extraction Evaluation (TExEval-2).

The results of the challenge can be found here. SemEval is the premier evaluation forum the computational semantics community. This work is part of an ongoing DFG-project (JOIN-T) collaboration between the two groups.

joint Honorable mention for the best paper award at ICSC 2017

Our paper on Domain Adaptation for Automatic Detection of Speculative Sentences received an honorable mention for the best paper award at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing. This work is part of an ongoing DFG-project in the context of our Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 884 on the "Political Economy of Reforms".

ecir ECIR-16 paper accepted

Our work with Laura, Michael and Ben Roth on constructing query-specific knowledge base has been accepted as short paper for the 38th European Conference on Information Retrieval.

cikm CIKM-15 paper accepted

Our work with Laura and Michael on ranking entities for unstructured Web queries has been accepted as full paper for the 24th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management. You can find the paper here.

ijhac IJHAC paper accepted

Our position paper with Federico and Hiram on semi-supervised machine learning and research methods in the digital humanities has been accepted for a special issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, one of the premier journal venues for research on arts and humanities computing, on the topic of "The Future of Digital Methods for Complex Datasets".

joint Some recent awards...

Our ESWC-14 paper on "A Probabilistic Approach for Integrating Heterogeneous Knowledge Sources" (with Arnab Dutta and Christian Meilicke) received an Honorable Mention for the Best Student Paper Award.

Our paper on evaluating central bank preferences using FOMC transcripts (with Nicole Baerg, Will Lowe, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Caecillia Zirn) was selected as the "most promising" submission of the NLP Unshared Task in PoliInfomatics 2014.

acl ACL 2016 area chair

I am thrilled to serve as area chair for the area of "social media" at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), the flagship conference for research on language and computation,
to be held next year in Berlin on 7-12 August 2016.

ijcai IJCAI 2016 area chair

I am thrilled to serve as area chair for "natural language processing" at the 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), the top conference for research on AI, to be held next year in New York on 9-15 July 2016.

gi KI 2015 publicity chair

I am honored to serve as publicity chair for the 38th edition of the German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI 2015) to take place in Dresden in September 2015, please consider submitting your paper - you can find the call for papers here.

mwk1 RiSC-Programm proposal accepted!

The Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Wuerttemberg will fund a 2-year project on "Vision and language understanding beyond literal meaning" (overall budget: 65,000 EUR). The project will focus on exploring computational methods to understand iconic images and metaphors in context.

joint JOIN-T DFG proposal accepted!

The DFG will fund a 3-year project - JOIN-T (Joining Ontologies and semantics INduced from Text), overall budget of approx. 500,000 EUR - jointly lead with Chris Biemann of TU Darmstadt.

The project will focus on combining ontological information from large-scale knowledge bases (like Freebase, YAGO or DBpedia) with distributional semantic information encoded within large (i.e. web-scale) amounts of text. Stay tuned for a soon-to-come project webpage and publications!

mwk2 Juniorprofessuren-Programm proposal accepted!

The Ministerium fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Wuerttemberg will fund a 3-year project on "Deep semantic models for high-end NLP applications" (overall budget: 180,000 EUR). The project will focus on combining ontological and statistical information for complex, high-end NLP applications.

eswc ESWC-14 paper accepted

We are going to present two papers at the forthcoming 11th European Semantic Web Conference: a full paper with Arnab and Christian on mapping and integrating NELL with DBpedia, and a short one with Michael on knowledge-rich Entity Ranking in DBpedia.

wsdm WSDM-14 paper accepted

Michael and I will present our latest work on knowledge-rich, graph-based document content modeling and semantic similarity at the 7th ACM Conference on Web Search and Data Mining.

mad Papers at AKBC and ISWC workshop on NLP & DBpedia accepted

In the next few months we will be presenting our latest work on expanding DBpedia using Wikipedia list pages (with Heiko), linking it to OIE systems (with Arnab, Christian and Mathias), as well as exploiting it for Web search result clustering (with Michael).

arrivederci Arrivederci, Roma!

After two wonderful years at the Linguistic Computing Laboratory (LCL) working with Roberto on BabelNet it's time to move on. I am thrilled to join, starting February 2013, the faculty of the University of Mannheim, where I will continue to work on exciting topics in AI and NLP!

aij Artificial Intelligence Journal Special Issue

Our Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence Journal on Artificial Intelligence, Wikipedia and Semi-Structured Resources is finally out! You can find all papers here. A pre-print version of our introduction paper is also available here.

aij Artificial Intelligence Journal paper

Article accepted for publication in the Artificial Intelligence Journal on ''BabelNet: The Automatic Construction, Evaluation and Application of a Wide-Coverage Multilingual Semantic Network''. A pre-print version is available here.

aaai AAAI-12 paper accepted

Roberto and I will present our latest work on Knowledge-rich multilingual semantic relatedness, at the next AAAI conference.

acl EMNLP-CoNLL 2012 paper accepted

Roberto and I will present our latest work on Multilingual Joint WSD, at the next EMNLP-CoNLL conference.

acl EMNLP-CoNLL 2012 co-chair

Together with Marco Pennacchiotti I am honored to serve the NLP research community as area co-chair for the EMNLP-CoNLL 2012 conference in the area of Social Media, Text Mining, and Natural Language Processing Applications.
www WWW-12 demo paper accepted

Roberto and I will present BabelNetXplorer, an online demo focused around BabelNet, at the next Word Wide Web conference.

ijcai IJCAI-11 Best Paper Track

Michael Strube and I have an invited presentation at the best paper track at IJCAI-11. Check out also other work from our group to be presented in Barcelona!
aij Artificial Intelligence Journal paper

Article accepted for publication in the Artificial Intelligence Journal on ''Taxonomy induction based on a collaboratively built knowledge repository''. You can find it here.