You are here

Sara Tonelli

  • Phone: 0461314542
  • FBK Povo
Short bio

Since May 2013 I am the head of the Digital Humanities research group at FBK. I am involved in the SIMPATICO H2020 project, where I coordinate the activities related to automated simplification of Italian documents. I am also part of several other digital humanities projects, which can be found here.

I got my Master in German Philology and Linguistics at University of Bergamo in 2000. Before that, I spent 9 months at Karlsruhe University, Faculty of Social Sciences within the Socrates-Erasmus student exchange program. 

From 2000 to 2002 I attended a post-degree course (Aufbaustudium) in Computational Linguistics at Centrum fuer Informations- und Sprachverarbeitung, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, Munich, Germany. I also worked at Sails Labs Munich, an IT company developing machine translation systems.

From 2003 to 2006 I collaborated with the Computational Linguistics Lab of Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, with a research grant to work at the Venice Italian Treebank. 

In 2010 I defended my Phd thesis in "Language Sciences" at Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, under the supervision of Emanuele Pianta and Prof. Rodolfo Delmonte. My work was about the semi-automatic development of FrameNet for Italian.

From 2010 to 2013 I held a post-doc position at Fondazione Bruno Kessler and I was involved in the PescadoTerence and NewsReader European projects. I was also teaching assistant of Computational Linguistics at University of Bolzano, Faculty of Computer Science.

In 2012 I was adjunct professor of "Computational Linguistics" at University of Trento, Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and of "Language Resources and Ontologies" (joint course with Marco Rospocher) at University of Trento, Master in Philosophy and Modernity Languages.

Students' supervision:

Current Phd Students

2013 - present: Rachele Sprugnoli, "Temporal Processing of Historical Texts", ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento

2013 - present: Stefano Menini, "Historical Content Analysis. Diachronic and synchronic comparison of points of view", ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento

Past Phd students:

2012 - 2016: Paramita Mirza (now at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Germany) "Extracting temporal and causal relations between events", ICT Doctoral School, University of Trento [arXiv]

Selected publications:

Journal articles:

Rachele Sprugnoli and Sara Tonelli. One, no one and one hundred thousand events: Defining and processing events in an inter-disciplinary perspective. To appear in Natural Language Engineering, 2017.

Mauro Dragoni, Sara Tonelli and Giovanni Moretti. A Knowledge Management Architecture For Digital Cultural Heritage. To appear in ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, 2017.

Giovanni Moretti, Rachele Sprugnoli, Stefano Menini and Sara Tonelli. ALCIDE: Extracting and visualising content from large document collections to support humanities studies. Knowledge-Based Systems, vol. 111, pp. 100-112, 2016. 

Rachele Sprugnoli, Sara Tonelli, Alessandro Marchetti and Giovanni Moretti. Towards Sentiment Analysis for Historical DataDigital Scholarship in the Humanities. vol. 31, issue 4, pp. 762-772, Oxford University Press, 2016.

Rosella Gennari, Sara Tonelli and Pierpaolo Vittorini. Challenges in Quality of Temporal Data - Starting with Gold Standards. ACM Journal on Data and Information Quality, vol. 6, number 2-3, 2015.

Sara Tonelli, Claudio Giuliano and Kateryna Tymoshenko. Wikipedia-based WSD for Multilingual Frame Annotation. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 194, pp. 203-221, 2013.

Marco Rospocher, Sara Tonelli, Luciano Serafini and Emanuele Pianta. Corpus-based Terminological Evaluation of Ontologies. Applied Ontology, Vol. 7, Number 4/2012, pp. 429-448, IOS Press, 2012.

Conference proceedings:

Paramita Mirza and Sara Tonelli. On the contribution of word embeddings to temporal relation classification. In Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2016), Osaka, Japan.

Paramita Mirza and Sara Tonelli. CATENA: CAusal and Temporal relation Extraction from NAtural language texts. IProceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2016), Osaka, Japan. [link to software]

Stefano Menini and Sara Tonelli. Agreement and Disagreement: Comparison of points of view in the political domain. IProceedings of the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2016), Osaka, Japan. [link to datasets]

Cristina Bosco, Sara Tonelli and Fabio Massimo Zanzotto, eds. Proceedings of the Second Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics. Academia University Press, 2015. 

Mauro Dragoni, Serena Villata, Sara Tonelli and Elena Cabrio. Enriching a Small Artwork Collection through Semantic Linking. In Proceedings of the 13th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2016), Crete, Grece. 

Alessio Palmero Aprosio and Sara Tonelli. Recognizing Biographical Sections in Wikipedia (short paper). In Proceedings of the International Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP2015), Lisbon, Portugal, 2015. [Link to software]

Paramita Mirza and Sara Tonelli. Classifying Temporal Relations with Simple Features. In Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL2014), Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014. [poster] [bib]

Paramita Mirza and Sara Tonelli. An Analysis of Causality between Events and its Relation to Temporal Information. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling2014), Dublin, Ireland. [ppt] [bib] [download CausalTimeBank]

Marco Fossati, Claudio Giuliano and Sara Tonelli. Outsourcing FrameNet to the Crowd (short paper). In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Sofia, Bulgaria, 2013.

Sara Tonelli and Elena Cabrio. Hunting for Entailing Pairs in the Penn Discourse Treebank. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling2012) , Mumbay, India, 2012.

Sucheta Ghosh, Richard Johansson, Giuseppe Riccardi and Sara Tonelli. Shallow Discourse Parsing with Conditional Random Fields. In Proceedings of the 5th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (IJCNLP-2011), Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011.

Sara Tonelli. Semi-automatic Techniques for Extending the FrameNet Lexical Database to New Languages. PhD thesis, Dept. of Language Sciences, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia, 2010.

Sara Tonelli, Claudio Giuliano. Wikipedia as frame information repository. In Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2009), Singapore, 2009.

Sara Tonelli, Daniele Pighin. New features for FrameNet - WordNet mapping. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth Conference on Computational Language Learning (CoNLL), Boulder, Colorado, 2009.

Research interests
Temporal processing Event Analysis Computational Semantics Discourse Analysis