Spotlight Seminars on AI – Autumn 2022

17/11/2022 - 30/01/2023

The Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence is pleased to announce the Autumn 2022 program of the Spotlight Seminars on A. The aim of the seminars is to illustrate, explore and discuss current scientific challenges, trends, and possibilities in all branches of our articulated research field. The seminars will be held virtually (, on a monthly basis, by leading Italian researchers as well as by top international scientists. The seminars are mainly aimed at a broad audience interested in AI research, and they are also included in the Italian PhD programme in Artificial Intelligence; indeed, AIxIA warmly encourages the attendance of young scientists and PhD students.

The “Autumn 2022” edition features 3 seminars:


  • Roberto Navigli, Sapienza University of Rome
    • November, 18 – 5:00PM (CET)
    • Title:Neuro-Symbolic Multilingual Natural Language Understanding
    • Abstract: Natural Language Processing (NLP) has seen an explosion of interest in recent years, with many industrial applications relying on key scientific and technological developments in the field. However, Natural Language Understanding (NLU) – which requires the machine to get beyond processing strings and involves a semantic level – is particularly challenging due to the pervasive ambiguity of language. In this talk I foster a vision focused on the mutually synergistic interaction between multilingual explicit and latent representation and processing of meaning at word and sentence level, and I will discuss the recent developments and challenges of three key tasks in NLU, namely Word Sense Disambiguation, Semantic Role Labeling and Semantic Parsing.
    • BioRoberto Navigli is Professor of Computer Science at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he leads the Sapienza NLP Group. He is one of the few researchers to have received two prestigious ERC grants in AI on multilingual word sense disambiguation (2011-2016) and multilingual language- and syntax-independent open-text unified representations (2017-2022). In 2015 he received the META prize for groundbreaking work in overcoming language barriers with BabelNet, a project also highlighted in The Guardian and Time magazine, and winner of the Artificial Intelligence Journal prominent paper award 2017. He is the co-founder of Babelscape, a successful company which enables Natural Language Understanding in dozens of languages. He served as Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (2013-2020) and Program Chair of ACL-IJCNLP 2021.
  • Francesca Rossi, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
    • December, 16 – 5:00PM (CET)
  • Alfonso Gerevini, University of Brescia
    • January  – 5:00PM (CET)

Spotlight Seminars Scientific Committee: Giuseppe De Giacomo, Chiara Ghidini, Gianluigi Greco, Marco Maratea

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