Il est de toute première instance que nous façonnions nos idées comme s'il s'agissait d'objets manufacturés.
Je suis prêt à vous procurer les moules.
You shall know a word by the company it keeps.
John R. Firth
Roberto Navigli is an associate professor (with Italian and French habilitation to full professor) in the Department of Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome and a member of the Linguistic Computing Laboratory. In 2007 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from "La Sapienza" (winner of the for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Artificial Intelligence). In 2013 he received the Marco Cadoli 2007 AI*IA national prize , awarded every two years to the best young Italian researcher in Artificial Intelligence, who has provided a significant, highly-innovative personal contribution to the field of AI. Marco Somalvico AI*IA prize
He is the Principal Investigator of MultiJEDI, a 1.3Meuro 5-year Starting Grant funded by the European Research Council, the responsible person of the Sapienza unit in LIDER, an EU project on content analytics and language technologies.
He is also the Co-PI of "Language Understanding cum Knowledge Yield" (LUcKY), a Google Focused Research Award on Natural Language Understanding.
Keynote speaker at the AI Research Institute Inaugural Conference, South Korea, 11 October 2016.
Senior Program Committee (SPC) member of AAAI 2017 (the 31st conference of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence)
BabelNet features prominently in this week's
TIME magazine, in the inspiring article "Redefining the modern dictionary" by Katy Steinmetz. The article talks about the new age of innovative and up-to-date lexical knowledge resources available on the Web, and describes in some detail how BabelNet is playing a leading role in this 21st century scenario!
Invited speaker at the WebNLG 2016: 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Generation and the Semantic Web, Edinburgh, 6 September 2016.
Invited speaker at the Labex DigiCosme - Paris-Saclay, Paris, 12 April 2016.
Area chair of COLING 2016: the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (lexical semantics and ontologies), Osaka, Japan, 11-16th December 2016.
Area chair of *SEM 2016: the Fifth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (lexical resources, linked data and ontologies), Berlin, Germany, 11-12th August 2016.
A PhD student of mine, José Camacho Collados, received a prestigious
Google Fellowship in Natural Language Processing
Newspaper article on
BabelNet and future developments on Quotidiano Nazionale/La Nazione/Resto del Carlino/Il Giorno!
Invited speaker at the DRONGO language festival 2015, Utrecht, 25-26 September 2015.
Invited speaker at the Oxford Global Languages Symposium, 24 September 2015.
Invited speaker at TALN 2015 -- 22ème Conférence sur le Traitement Automatique des Langues Naturelles, Caen, 22-25 June 2015.
Invited speaker at DIALOGUE 2015 -- International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Moscow, 27-30 June 2015.
Invited speaker at Multilingual Web Access (MWA) 2015 Workshop -- colocated with WWW 2015, Firenze, 18-22 May 2015.
EACL board member
Invited speaker at the 5th Lisbon Machine Learning School (LxMLS), Lisbon, Portugal, 16-23 July 2015.
Invited professor at the 12th EUROLAN Summer School, Sibiu, Romania, 20 July-1 August 2015.
Invited speaker at the 11th Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW), Bertinoro, Italy, 5-11 July 2015.
Invited speaker at the 4th eLex conference on Electronic Lexicography in the 21st century: Linking lexical data in the digital age, Herstmonceux Castle (UK), 11-13 August 2015.
Winner of the prestigious META prize 2015 for BabelNet, Riga Summit 2015.
now out, covering BabelNet 3.5 272 languages and about 14 million concepts and named entities, with 2 million domain-annotated synsets and a knowledge base with thousands of semantic relation types; featuring for state-of-the-art joint disambiguation and entity linking Babelfy in 271 languages and including a language-agnostic setting!
is now out for state-of-the-art multi-level semantic similarity! Align, Disambiguate and Walk (ADW) Try out
, the WiBi , an automatically-learned Wikipedia taxonomy of pages aligned to a taxonomy of categories. Wikipedia Bitaxonomy
Keynote speaker at the NLP & DBpedia 2014 Workshop, at ISWC 2014, Riva Del Garda, Italy, 19-20th October 2014.
Invited speaker at the Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon (CogALex-IV), at COLING 2014, Dublin, Ireland, 23rd August 2014.
Keynote speaker at the 30th Spanish Conference on Natural Language Processing (SEPLN), Girona, Spain, 17-19th September 2014: (Digital) goodies from the ERC Wishing Well: BabelNet, Babelfy, video games with a purpose and the Wikipedia bitaxonomy
Program co-chair of *SEM 2014: the Third Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics, Dublin, Ireland, 23-24th August 2014.
2013 recipient of the
awarded every two years to the best young Italian researcher in Artificial Intelligence, who has provided a significant, highly-innovative personal contribution to the field of AI.
Marco Somalvico AI*IA prize ACL 2013 paper
nominated for best paper award! M. T. Pilehvar, D. Jurgens and R. Navigli. Align, Disambiguate and Walk: A Unified Approach for Measuring Semantic Similarity. ACL 2013, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Hans Uszkoreit and Feiyu Xu) of a Google Focused Research Award on the topic of Natural Language Understanding.
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Associate Editor (2013-2016) of Artificial Intelligence (Elsevier). What a great honour!
Keynote speaker at the 10th International Conference on Terminology and Artificial Intelligence, Paris, France, October 28-30th, 2013: "What a beautiful multilingual world: BabelNet 2.0 & friends!"
Keynote speaker at the 6th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP), Nagoya, Japan, October 14-18, 2013: "What a beautiful multilingual world: BabelNet 2.0 & friends!"
Keynote speaker at the Third Workshop on Data Extraction and Object Search (DEOS), Oxford, UK, July 7-8, 2013: "What a beautiful multilingual world: BabelNet & friends!"
Keynote speaker at the 14th International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational Linguistics (CICLing), Samos, Greece, March 24-30, 2013: BabelNet and OntoLearn Reloaded: two "juicy" perspectives on lexical knowledge acquisition.
Invited speaker at the 3rd Workshop on the Multilingual Semantic Web joint with ISWC 2012, Boston, MA, November 11-15, 2012: "BabelNet goes to the (Multilingual) Semantic Web".
first Italian researcher to win an in "computer science and informatics" (and first ERC Starting Grant in Natural Language Processing!). The project (2011-2016), called ERC Starting Grant Multilingual Joint word sensE DIsambiguation (MultiJEDI), is focused on multilingual semantic processing.
Interests and Collaborations
His research interests lie in the field of Natural Language Processing, including: Word Sense Disambiguation and Induction, Ontology Learning, Knowledge Representation and Acquisition, Information Retrieval, the Semantic Web and its applications.
He has/had collaborations with many research institutes and universities, including: DFKI, Berlin; ILCC, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh; Department of Informatics, University of Sussex; Seminar für Computerlinguistik, University of Heidelberg, the Zanichelli dictionary publisher, Laboratory for Enterprise Knowledge and Systems, IASI-CNR.
He currently teaches:
He was a former instructor in
Machine Learning, and a teaching assistant in Architetture degli Elaboratori I, Programmazione II, and Metodi per l'Estrazione delle Informazioni dal Web.
He taught a
5-day course on "Graphs in Natural Language Processing" at the European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2011), 1-12 August, 2011.
Simone Ponzetto, he taught a 5-day course on " Word Sense Disambiguation and Induction" at the European Summer School of Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2010), 9-13 August, 2010.
He gave a
tutorial on Graph-Based Word Sense Disambiguation at the RANLP 2009 conference.
Area Chair of the 2013 Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2013), Atlanta, USA, June 2013.
Publication chair of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013)
CLEF 2013 Lab chair
Co-organizer of two Semeval-2013 tasks:
Track Chair of the 21st International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2012), Lyon, France, April 16-20, 2012.
Member of the Editorial Board (2011-2013) of Computational Linguistics (MIT Press).
Member of the Editorial Board of the Text, Speech and Language Technology book series (Springer)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Natural Language Engineering (Cambridge University Press, 2010-2015).
Guest editor with Fabian M. Suchanek of a Special Issue of the on "Semantic Search".
Journal of Web Semantics
Guest editor (with Ed Hovy and Simone Ponzetto) of a Special Issue of the Artificial Intelligence Journal on "Artificial Intelligence, Wikipedia and Semi-Structured Resources".
Committee member of the *SEM 2013 Shared Task
Invited to the Dagstuhl Seminar on the Multilingual Semantic Web
Area Chair of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2010), Uppsala, Sweden, July 11-16, 2010.
Senior Program Committee (SPC) member of IJCAI 2011 (the 22nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
Senior Program Committee (SPC) member of IJCAI 2009 (the 21st International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence)
Co-organizer of the AAAI 2010 workshop on Collaboratively-built Knowledge Sources and Artificial Intelligence, July 11, 2010
Executive board member (2007-2010) of the Special Interest Group on the Lexicon (SIGLEX).
Co-organizer of two Semeval-2007 tasks, the reference international WSD competition held in Prague in conjunction with ACL 2007:
2014: ACL, CICLing, EACL, EMNLP, WWW
2013: *SEM , (area chair) ACL, CICLing, EMNLP, ESWC, IJCNLP, IWCS, LTC, NAACL, RANLP, SIGIR, TextGraphs-8, WSDM, W3C Multilingual Web Workshop
2012: WWW , (track chair) AAAI, ACL, CICLING, COLING, EACL, EKAW, EMNLP-CoNLL , (best reviewer award :-)) ESWC, IIR, IMRSMCA, LREC, MSW3, NAACL-HLT
2011: IJCAI , (senior) AAAI, ACL, CICLING, CIKM, ESWC, FLAIRS, IEKA, IJCNLP, RANLP, RELMS, SSST-5, TextInfer
2010: ACL, (area chair) EMNLP, COLING, NAACL-HLT, EKAW
2009: IJCAI , (senior) ACL-IJCNLP, EACL, EMNLP, FLAIRS, RANLP, TextGraphs-4, SEW-2009
2008: ACL, EMNLP, FLAIRS, IJCNLP, OLP3
2007: ACL, EMNLP-CoNLL, RANLP, FLAIRS
2006: COLING-ACL, EMNLP, FLAIRS
wordle of Roberto's research:
La semplicità è la sofisticazione suprema.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing
Chi ha paura muore ogni giorno