Farah Benamara, Toulouse University, France

Short bio. Farah Benamara ( is Associate Professor in computer science at Toulouse University since 2005. She has been designated to be a member of The French University Council (CNU) during 4 years (2015-2019) and has been awarded by the French Higher Education and Research Ministry with a research excellence fellowship for the 4 years (2015-2019). She works on the development of semantic and pragmatic models for language understanding, focusing in particular on five main research areas: question answering, sentiment analysis, figurative language processing, discourse processing and Arabic processing. She has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed international conference and journal papers. She has supervised 4 PhD theses and 4 projects, one of them an industrial project on opinion analysis which resulted in a technology transfer. Farah Benamara is a member of various program committees of major international conferences and journals (ACL, EMNLP, COLING, *SEM) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Dialogue and discourse. She has co-organised several national and international conferences and workshops, such as KRAQ workshops associated to IJCAI 2005 and EACL 2016 on advanced reasoning in question answering, the national workshop ColTal@TALN 2016 on NLP tools for social media, the French evaluation initiative DEFT@TALN 2017 on sentiment analysis and figurative language on tweets, and finally the international workshop SentIsData@DSAA 2016 on Emotion and Sentiment in Intelligent Systems and Big Social Data Analysis. She has been co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Computational Linguistics on Language in Social Media.

Cristina Bosco, University of Turin, Italy

Short bio. Cristina Bosco is Assistant Professor in Computer Science, PhD in Computer Science, with a background in philosophy, computer science, and linguistics. Her research focus is on computational linguistics and precisely on the development of resources for morphological and syntactic analysis of language, machine translation, and sentiment analysis, with a special interest for hate speech, irony and sarcasm detection. She published more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals. She is principal investigator on projects funded for detecting hate speech in social media, and organized several scientific events: special session about Emotion and Sentiment in Intelligent Systems and Big Social Data Analysis at the IEEE-DSAA in 2015 and 2016, Workshop Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media in 2013, 2015 and 2017, Second Conference for Italian Computational Linguistics in 2015, Workshop Evalita in 2014 and several evaluation tasks in Evalita from 2007. Founding member of the Italian Association for Computational Linguistics (AILC), she is in program committees of several conferences (LREC, COLING, TLT) and reviewer of journals.

Elisabetta Fersini, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Short bio. Elisabetta Fersini, PhD in Computer Science, is currently Aassistant Professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Department of Informatics, Systems and Communications). Her research is mainly focused on propositional and relational machine learning, with a particular interest in probabilistic discriminative and generative models. Her activity finds application in several natural language processing tasks, among which text classification and clustering, information extraction and sentiment analysis both for well-formed text and social media contents. She is the principal investigator in projects funded for data analytics and the organizer of the special session about Emotion and Sentiment in Intelligent Systems and Big Social Data Analysis at the IEEE-DSAA in 2015 and 2016. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal titled Information Processing and Management and editor of the book “Sentiment Analysis in Social Networks”.

Gabriella Pasi, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Short bio. Gabriella Pasi is Full Professor at the Department of Informatics, Systems, and Communication (DISCo) of the University of Milano Bicocca, Milano, Italy. Within DISCo she leads the Information Retrieval Lab. Her main research activities are related to Information Retrieval and Information Filtering. In recent years, she has addressed the issues of contextual search and user modeling. She is also conducting research activities related to the analysis of user-generated content on social media. She has published more than 200 papers in International Journals and Books, and on the Proceedings of International Conferences. She is involved in several activities for the evaluation of research; in particular, she was appointed as an expert of the Computer Science panel for the Starting Grants (till 2011), and Consolidator Grants (2012) of the Programme Ideas at the European Research Council. From 2013 to 2017 she has been the President of the European Society for Fuzzy Logic and Technologies (EUSFLAT). She is a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals, and she has delivered several keynote talks/plenary lectures at international conferences related to her research interests. She has participated in the organization of several International events, in both roles of organization and program chair.

Viviana Patti, University of Turin, Italy

Short bio. Viviana Patti received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Torino, Italy, where she currently works as Associate Professor. Her recent research interests include sentiment analysis, affective computing, irony detection, semantic web ontologies. She is recently applying her research in the field of hate speech monitoring. In 2013 she co-founded the series of international workshops on Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive media (ESSEM: 2013@AI*IA, 2015@AAMAS and 2017@ACII). She has been guest editor of the special issue on Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media in the Information Processing & Management Journal (January, 2016) and of the special section on Affect and Interaction in Agent-based Systems and Social Media in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (January 2017). She has (co-)authored over almost 90 peer-reviewed-publications and serves on multiple conference committees in top conferences (IJCAI 2017, ACII 2017, AAAI18, LREC18). Co-chair of the 2016 and 2018 editions of the EVALITA evaluation campaign for NLP tools for Italian. She contributed to the development of Twitter corpora for sentiment analysis in Italian, French and Spanish, English and co-organized the 1st Italian shared task on Sentiment Analysis in Twitter (SENTIPOLC), 2014 and 2016 editions. She co-organized the shared task `Stance and Gender Detection in Tweets on Catalan Independence’ at Ibereval 2017 and the shared task on ‘Multilingual Emoji Prediction’ at Semeval 2018. She is also co-chair of several special tracks at international conferences, e.g., SentIsData@DSAA (16-17), AI4BigData@FLAIRS (16-18), Emotions@AISB18 and of the workshop series PEOPLES (@COLING2016, @NAACL2018). She has been area co-chair for the track on ‘Pragmatics and creativity’ at the 4th Italian Conference on Computational Linguistics (CLiC 2017). 

Marco Viviani, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Short bio. Marco Viviani is Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Informatics, Systems, and Communication (DISCo) of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy). He graduated in Computer Science and he obtained the Ph.D. in Informatics from the University of Milan (Italy). In 2009 he obtained a one-year postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Burgundy / Le2i (Dijon, France), in 2010 a two-year postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) / Liris (Lyon, France), and from 2011 to 2013 he held a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Insubria / DiSTA (Varese, Italy). He is currently working on the issue of assessing information credibility in social media.  His topics of interest include knowledge representation and management, social media analytics, trust and reputation modeling, information retrieval. On these topics, he has published several papers in International Journals, Books, and Conferences.