This event is a technical workshop on BabelNet, the largest multilingual encyclopedic dictionary and semantic network, covering 14 million concepts and named entities in 272 languages. The workshop will take place over two days. The first day is a technical guided tour, including industrial applications. The second day consists of four case studies of resource mapping to BabelNet.

The workshop is open to all comers. It will be held in English and attendance is free, up to the room capacity.

This is an IT technical workshop; the ideal background of participants is computer science and natural language processing. However, participants from other backgrounds with an interest in the IT aspects of their speciality (like authors, translators and publishers) should also benefit, though they must be aware of the technical IT nature of the workshop. Regardless of their background, participants should gain a deep understanding of BabelNet: at least being able to properly use even the most advanced functionalities, such as multilingual disambiguation and high-performance mapping; perhaps capable of contributing at the conceptual level; at the higher end, contribute and getting involved in the development.

Workshop Venue

Schuman Building,
Hemicycle. 2929 Luxembourg

This chamber is the first Hemicycle of the European Parliament.

*Note: venue changed to accommodate even a higher number of participants*

How to get

By plane:
Luxembourg city is served by Luxembourg Findel International Airport, situated in the municipality of Sandweiler, about 6 km from city centre. In addiction to direct plane routes to Luxembourg city, there are low-cost flights to Frankfurt-Hahn or Bruxelles-Charleroi airports with direct bus transfer to Luxembourg city.
By road:
Luxembourg city is located in the heart of Europe, in the so called Golden Triangle betweeen Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. It is therefore connected to several highways and international routes.
By rail:
Luxembourg city has its own railway station, the main one in the country, connected to German, Belgian and French railway network via several trains per hour.

When in Luxembourg city, you can easily get around by public transport since the city is well connected by several bus lines. The venue is located in Kirchberg district, a neighborhood just outside town. The bus stop next to the venue is Philharmonie/MUDAM. For example, from the airport you can get directly to the venue by bus 16 (Timetable); from the train station, there are many bus lines that connect it to the city centre and then to the venue.


In the venue proximity in the Kirchberg district, hotels tend to be costlier, though there are middle price range hotels like the Hotel Coque, inside the swimming pool building. Just across the bridge that connects Kirchberg district to the city centre, another well-located hotel to both the venue and the restaurant is the Best Western Plus Grand Hotel Victor Hugo. In the city centre, including the train station, there is a whole range of prices. Next to airport there are possibilities of lower prices, but with few amenities around. For lower-budget accommodations one might consider Youth Hostel with shared rooms.

However, since the workshop organization does not take any responsibility for accommodation, please note that it does not recommend any particular hotel and that there are no special rates for the participants.

SIM CARDS: Tango sells a prepaid SIM card for 10 euros that includes the same amount of credit which can be used for voice, SMS and/or data (information without guarantee). This is just one example as the organisers do not recommend any company. Other companies should offer a similar rate. An ID usually required to buy the SIM.


2 March 2016

8:00Registration desk opens
8:40Latest recommended time to arrive at the registration desk
9:00-9:15Welcome António Carneiro
Director of "Directorate C - Dissemination and reuse" at the Publications Office of the European Union

Jochen Richter
Director of Directorate A, Support and Technological Services for Translation - Directorate-General for Translation - European Parliament

Spyridon Pilos
Head of Sector Language Applications, Directorate-General for Translation - European Commission
9:15-10:45Session 1BabelNet and friends: An introduction
Roberto Navigli
11:15-12:30Session 2 Tech Session: Downloading and installing BabelNet. The BabelNet API
Claudio Delli Bovi
12:30-12:45 Family picture
12:45-13:45Lunch break
13:45-15:15Session 3 Tech Session: The Babelfy API. Disambiguating text with Babelfy
Claudio Delli Bovi

Lightning talks, part I:

  • Use of BabelNet for multilingual Text Classification (Angelo Ferrando, Silvio Beux and Viviana Mascardi)
  • Whose line is it anyway - Automatic multilingual emotion annotation of movie dialogues (Wojciech Stokowiec)
  • Assessment of historical figures using BabelNet (Maciej Kowalski and Szymon Roziewski)
15:45-17:00Session 4 BabelNet on the Linguistic Linked Open Data Cloud; Industrial applications.
Roberto Navigli

Lightning talks, part II:

  • Making sense of building data and building product data (Pieter Pauwels, Thomas Krijnen and Jakob Beetz)
  • Linguistic Linked Open Data as a Source for Terminology (Shanshan Wang and Lauri Carlson)
17:15Wanderers of the fortifications Leave for the restaurant
19:00Dinner(*) Porta Nova Restaurant
(*) For those who wish (please indicate your participation when registering) there is the possibility of dining together, at Porta Nova Restaurant (located here). In any case, please note that each participant will pay for his own dinner directly at the restaurant, because this is not a social event provided by the organization.

From the venue to the restaurant:

  • Direct walk across: about 30 minutes.
  • Wanderers of the fortifications: a walk down the valley through some of Luxembourg fortifications - participants wishing to join this group must gather at 17:15 near the coffee machine at the lobby of the Hemicycle - the path up the valley is very steep - weather permitting - about 1.15 hour.
  • Bus: Cross the avenue and take any bus with numbers 1 to 99 and leave in the next stop (Fondation Pescatore).

3 March 2016

9:00-10:30Session 5 Invited talk by prof. Asunción Gómez-Pérez.

Lightning talks, part III:

  • Search Results Clustering enriched with BabelNet (Marek Kozłowski and Maciej Kazuła)
  • Semi-automatically generated multi-language glossaries (Ilan Kernerman)
  • Enriching BabelNet verbal entities with videos: a linking experiment with the IMAGACT ontology of action (Lorenzo Gregori, Andrea Amelio Ravelli and Alessandro Panunzi)
11:00-12:15Session 6 Lightning talks, part IV:

  • BabelNet in a production environment (Andrzej Zydroń)

Linking glossaries and thesauri to BabelNet.
Case study 0: Hello world (a minimal fake resource). Use this form.
Roberto Navigli
12:15-13:15Lunch break
13:15-14:45Session 7 Linking IATE, EUROVOC, Euramis (1/2): we will analyze the structure and content of the three resources, see how they could be exploited to perform an automatic mapping to BabelNet by also seeing some preliminary mapping examples.
Roberto Navigli
15:15-16:30Session 8 Linking IATE, EUROVOC, Euramis (2/2). we will continue with an analysis of what benefits we foresee from the mapping and open a discussion with participants on further actions.

Introduction to the BabelNet ANnotation Group (BANG)
Roberto Navigli

Lightning talks dedicated to EU themes:

  • GlossSearch (Rodolfo Maslias)
  • Multilingual Legislative Process (M.T. Carrasco Benitez)

Town Hall Meeting: participants ask questions to the organisers.
16:30Wrap up and conclusions.

Papers & talks

We invite the submission of short position papers from participants. Papers will discuss any aspect, application, addition, use of BabelNet, Babelfy or related results (like potential resources to be linked, mapping methodologies, etc.). It is possible to submit paper abstracts at this link by February 15th, 2016 (closed). Upon acceptance, you will be asked to format your abstract as a position paper up to two pages long in PDF format. Selected authors may be invited to join the second day of the workshop, during the session called “Luxembourg Lightning Talks”.


Roberto Navigli

Sapienza University of Rome

Roberto Navigli is associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at La Sapienza University of Rome and a member of the Linguistic Computing Laboratory. 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. In 2007 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from La Sapienza and he was awarded the Marco Cadoli 2007 AI*IA national prize for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Artificial Intelligence. In 2013 he received the Marco Somalvico AI*IA prize, awarded every two years to the best young Italian researcher in Artificial Intelligence. He is the creator and founder of BabelNet, both a multilingual encyclopedic dictionary and a semantic network and its related project Babelfy, a state-of-the-art multilingual disambiguation and entity linking system. He is also the Principal Investigator of MultiJEDI, a 1.3Meuro 5-year Starting Grant funded by the European Research Council and 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.

Asunción Gómez Pérez

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Prof. Dr. Asunción Gómez-Pérez is Full Professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). She is the director of the Artificial Intelligence Department (2008) and Director or the Ontology Engineering Group (OEG) at UPM (1995). She won the Spanish National Price Ada Byron for Woman in IT (2015). She has a B.A. in Computer Science (1991), Ph.D. in Computer Sciences (1993) and MS.C. on Business Administration (1994). She was visiting (1994-1995) the Knowledge Systems Laboratory at Stanford University. Her main research areas are: Ontological Engineering, Semantic Web, Linked Data, Multilingualism and Knowledge Management. She led at UPM the following EU projects: Ontoweb, Esperonto, Knowledge Web, NeOn, SEEMP, OntoGrid, ADMIRE, DynaLearn, MONNET, Ready4SmartCities. She coordinates the EU projects OntoGrid, SemSorGrid4Env y SEALS and now she is coordinating LiDER. She is also leading at UPM projects funded by Spanish agencies and companies. The most relevant are: España Virtual, WEBn+1, GeoBuddies, Buscamedia, la red española de la Web Semántica, LP-Bigger, 4V, and the linked data portal of the Spanish National Library. She wrote more than 200 articles in journals and international conferences, co-author of two books on Ontological Engineering. She was co-director of the International Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web during 10 editions (starting in 2003). She was program chair of ASWC'09, ESWC'05 and EKAW'02 and co-organiser of many workshops on ontologies.

Claudio Delli Bovi

Sapienza University of Rome

Claudio Delli Bovi is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at La Sapienza University of Rome, and a member of the Linguistic Computing Laboratory research group, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Navigli. His main research interests lie in the areas of Semantic Information Extraction, Knowledge Acquisition, Entity Linking and Word Sense Disambiguation. Claudio obtained a MSc degree cum laude in Computer Science Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome, where he specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing. Since 2014 he is involved in the BabelNet project, where he works on the integration of knowledge extracted with Open Information Extraction techniques.


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