Human Language Technologies for Italian - 2010

Workshop of the Natural Language Processing Group of the AI*IA
December 1st 2010
In conjunction with the 11th AI*IA Symposium on Artificial Intelligence - Brescia

The workshop aims at providing a broad overview of recent activities in the field of Human Language Technologies (HLT) in Italy. During the workshop, both students and researchers will have the opportunity to participate in a unique forum where a number of relevant initiatives for the community will be presented and discussed. Specific sessions will be dedicated to: ongoing National and International projects where Italian groups are involved; evaluation of systems and resources for the Italian language; current needs and opportunities for curricula in HLT in Italy; industrial initiatives targeting the HLT market for Italian; distinguished PhD theses in the area; significant events and conferences organized in Italy.

Registration is open at the following link: AI*IA registration


9.00-9.45 Session 1. News from the front: National (!) projects
Session chair: Bernardo Magnini
  • PRIN 2008 - PARLI (Leonardo Lesmo, Univ. Torino)
  • MIUR - PAISA' (Marco Baroni, Univ. Trento)
  • Activities of Fondazione Ugo Bordoni and forum TAL (Andrea Paoloni, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni)

9.45-10.15 Session 2. Italian in the Global Network
Session chair: Leonardo Lesmo
  • FlareNet and META (Nicoletta Calzolari, ILC-CNR, Pisa)
  • BabelNet e MultiJEDI (Roberto Navigli, Univ. Roma La Sapienza)

10.15-10.45 Coffee break

10.45-11.15 Session 3. Italian in Multilingual Europe
Session chair: Massimo Poesio
  • Machine Translation for Italian sign language (Nicola Bertoldi, FBK)
  • Portalita (Giuseppe Attardi, Univ. Pisa)

11.15-12.15 Session 4. Evaluation of Language Technologies for Italian
Session chair: Roberto Basili
  • Evalita 2011: Text (Bernardo Magnini, FBK)
  • Evalita 2011: Speech (Francesco Cutugno, Univ. Napoli Federico II)
  • CLEF and Promise (Nicola Ferro, Univ. Padova)
  • SensoComune (Nicola Guarino, LOA-CNR)

12.15-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.50 Session 5. Educational/Student Activities related to HLT
Session chair: Maria Teresa Pazienza
  • HLT Schools/Masters Experiences in Italy (Giuseppe Riccardi, Univ. Trento) (15')
  • Distinguished PhD theses 2009-2010 (Sara Tonelli, FBK, Pierpaolo Basile, Univ. Bari)
  • Students awarded best papers in 2009-2010 (Elena Cabrio, FBK-Univ. Trento, Danilo Croce, Univ. Roma Tor Vergata, Cristina Giannone, Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)

14.50-15.35 Session 6. New technologies and resources for Italian 1
Session chair: Nicoletta Calzolari
  • IFrame: towards an Italian FrameNet (Alessandro Lenci, ILC-CNR, Roberto Basili, Univ. Roma Tor Vergata)
  • Italian Time-ML (Rachele Sprugnoli, CELCT, Tommaso Caselli, ILC-CNR)
  • Italian WikiMachine (Claudio Giuliano, FBK)

15.35-16.20 Session 7. News from the Italian HLT market
Session chair: Giuseppe Riccardi
  • CLS (Giampaolo Mazzini, CELI)
  • Semantic Valley (Filippo Nardelli, Expert System)
  • Synthema (Carlo Aliprandi, Synthema)

16.20-16.50 Coffee break

16.50-17.35 Session 8. New technologies and resources for Italian 2
Session chair: Amedeo Cappelli
  • Intra-document coreference for Italian (Massimo Poesio, Univ. Trento)
  • Ontological Conceptualization of TimeML by Logic Programming (Francesco Mele, Antonio Sorgente, ICIB-CNR)
  • Collaboration with the Jeopardy project (Alessandro Moschitti, Giuseppe Riccardi, Univ. Trento)

17.35-18.05 Session 9. Portals for HLT in Italy
Session chair: Bernardo Magnini
  • Presenting the first version of the HLT Portal (Manuela Speranza, FBK)
  • FAUSS/Linguagrid: a Federated Grid for Language Services (Alessio Bosca, CELI)

Organization: Bernardo Magnini (FBK-irst) and Roberto Basili (University of Rome, Tor Vergata)


In order to obtain access to the WI-FI service during the workshop, participants are required to compile a form and fax it or send it via mail together with a copy of their ID by November 15, 2010 [more information]

AI*IA offers student grants to partially support travel, accommodation and meal expenses