Dr. Stefano Faralli  

Postdoctoral Researcher

B6, 26, Room B1.19
stefano (at) informatik.uni-mannheim.de



Post Doc at University of Mannheim. Research interests include Word Sense Disambiguation and Ontology learning. Data and Web Science Group.

Research interests

Recent Activities

  • Project advisor on Interactive technology for VoicingElder (http://voicingelder.com/)
  • Co-founder of CoPuppet (http://voicingelder.com/project/therapeutic-aspects/)
  • Co-organizer of SemEval-2015 Task 17: Taxonomy Extraction Evaluation (http://alt.qcri.org/semeval2015/task17/)
  • ACL2013  Publication Co-chair  (http://aclweb.org/anthology/P/P13/P13-1000.pdf)

Recent HCI Related Projects and Activities

    1. Avatar life-review to support memory in older adults: Workshop at  International Image Festival ISEA 2017, Stefano Faralli, Brianna Ondris, Semi Ryu.   
    2. Seniors Reminiscing Through Avatars: 37th North American Drama Therapy conference- The Power of Dramatic Play and Creativity: Sunshine Under the Umbrella, to be held at Seattle, Washington, Oct 27-30, 2016.
    3. FACING AVATARS: Lecture/workshop, Center for the Arts in Society, Carnegie Mellon University, March 30-31, 2016.
    4. VoicingElder: 2016 NCCA (National Center for Creative Aging) Leadership Exchange and Conference- THE CREATIVE AGE: Global Perspectives on Creativity & Aging, Washington DC, Sep 24-28, 2016.
    5. VoicingElder: 11th International Conference on the Arts in Society, UCLA, Los Angeles, August 10-12, 2016.
    6. VoicingElder: Aging&Society: Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference: Inter-Generational Relationships, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, Nov 5-6, 2015.

    Recent Publications


    • Alexander Panchenko, Dmitry Ustalov, Stefano Faralli, Simone Paolo Ponzetto and Chris Biemann Improving hypernymy extraction with distributional semantic classes. In: LREC 2018, 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation : 7-12 May 2018, Miyazaki (Japan); tba. European Language Resources Association, ELRA-ELDA, Paris, 2018.





    • S. Faralli, G. Stilo, P.Velardi. Large Scale Homophyly Analysis in Twitter using a Twixonomy. Proceedings of the IJCAI 2015 Conference. (to appear)
    • P. Velardi, G. Silo, S. Faralli. A semantic recommender for micro-blog users. Proceedings of the IEEE Big Data Congress.(to appear)
    • S. Faralli, G. Stilo, P. Velardi. What Women Like: A Gendered Analysis of Twitter Users' Interests based on a Twixonomy. Proceedings of the Ninth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media. (to appear)
    • G. Bordea, P. Buitelaar, S. Faralli, R. Navigli. Semeval-2015 task 17: Taxonomy Extraction Evaluation (TExEval), Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation Association for Computational Linguistics. (to appear)


    • S. Faralli. Domain Ontology Learning from Scratch with Applications. Ph.D. Thesis. Sapienza University of Rome.


    • P. Velardi, S. Faralli, R. Navigli. OntoLearn Reloaded: A Graph-based Algorithm for Taxonomy Induction. Computational Linguistics, 39(3), MIT Press, 2013, pp. 665-707.
    • S. Faralli and R. Navigli. Growing Multi-Domain Glossaries from a Few Seeds with Probabilistic Topic Models. Proc. of the 2013 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2013), Seattle, USA, October 18-21, 2013, pp. 170-181.
    • F. De Benedictis, S. Faralli and R. Navigli. GlossBoot: Bootstrapping Multilingual Domain Glossaries from the Web. Proc. of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013), Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013, pp. 528-538.
    • S. Faralli, R. Navigli. A Java Framework for Multilingual Definition and Hypernym Extraction. Proc. of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, System Demonstrations (ACL 2013), Sofia, Bulgaria, August 4-9, 2013, pp. 103-108.


    • S. Faralli, R. Navigli. A New Minimally-Supervised Framework for Domain Word Sense Disambiguation. Proc. of the 2012 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2012), Jeju, Korea, July 12-14, 2012, pp. 1411-1422.
    • P. Velardi, R Navigli, S Faralli and J M Ruiz-Martinez. A New Method for Evaluating Automatically Learned Terminological Taxonomies. Proceedings of the 8th Conference on International Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2012), Istanbul, Turkey, May 21-27, 2012.



    • R. Navigli, P. Velardi, S. Faralli. A Graph-based Algorithm for Inducing Lexical Taxonomies from Scratch. In Proc. of the 22nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2011), Barcelona, Spain, July 19-22th, 2011.
    • Navigli R., Faralli S., Soroa A., Lopez de Lacalle O., Agirre E. Two Birds with One Stone: Learning Semantic Models for Text Categorization and Word Sense Disambiguation. Proceedings of ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2011), Glasgow, 2011.
    • Semi Ryu, Stefano Faralli, Crying With the Virtual, in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2011), Istanbul, 2011.


    • Augusto Celentano, Stefano Faralli, Fabio Pittarello: The Situation Lens: A Metaphor for Personal Task Management on Mobile Devices. JCSE 3(4): 238-259 (2009).
    • S.Faralli – Interfaccia di input In: Prospettiva dinamica interattiva. La tecnologia dei videogiochi per l'esplorazione dei modelli 3D di architettura. Riccardo Migliari. pp 218-223, Kappa, 2009.


    • P. Bottoni, S. Faralli, A. Labella, A. Malizia, M. Pierro, S. Ryu. CoPuppet: Collaborative Interaction in Virtual Puppetry. In: Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision and the New Screen, Randy Adams, Steve Gibson and Stefan Müller Arisona eds., pp.326-341, CCIS, volume 7, Springer, 2008.
    • Augusto Celentano, Stefano Faralli, Fabio Pittarello: The Situation Lens: Looking into Personal Service Composition. ER Workshops 2008: 165-174
    • Semi Ryu, Stefano Faralli, SAE-GURIMJA: Three shadows, Proceedings of the 2nd international congress Computer Art Congress Toluca and Mexico City. March 26 - 28, 2008 Edited by Khaldoun Zreik and Everardo Reyes García
    • Semi Ryu, Stefano Faralli. Experimental Virtual Wayang. In Proceedings of ISEA2008, ISBN:978-981-08-0768-9, 396-398, Singapore 2008.
    • Semi Ryu, Stefano Faralli, Paolo Bottoni, Anna Labella. From Traditional to Virtual Interactive Puppetry: A Comprehensive Approach. In Proceedings of ISEA2008, ISBN:978-981-08-0768-9, 396-398, Singapore 2008.



    • Bottoni, P., Faralli, S., Labella, A., Malizia, A., and Scozzafava, C. 2006. CHAMBRE: integrating multimedia and virtual tools. In Proceedings of the Working Conference on Advanced Visual interfaces (Venezia, Italy, May 23 - 26, 2006). AVI '06. ACM Press, New York, NY, 285-292.
    • P. Bottoni, S. Faralli, A. Labella, M. Pierro, "Mapping with planning agents in the Max/MSP environment: the GO/Max language ", Proc NIME 2006, pp.322- 325, 2006.
    • P. Bottoni, A. Cinnirella, S. Faralli, P. Maurelli, E. Panizzi, R. Trinchese, "Multimedia Annotation of Geo-Referenced Information Sources", B. Gunsel et al. (eds.), Proc. MRCS 2006, LNCS 4105, pp.675–682, Springer, 2006.
    • Paolo Bottoni, Stefano Faralli, Anna Labella, Mario Pierro, Claudio Scozzafava, Interactive Composition, Performance and Music Generation through Iterative Structures, In proc of ACM Multimedia 2006, S Barbara
    • A. Cinnirella. S. Faralli, A. Labella, P. Maurelli, M. Pierro2 and F. Rosa, MUST System - Location Based Services and Multilingual Simultaneous Transmission for Tourist Fruition, In proc of CIPA/VAST 2006, Nicosia Cyprus
    • A. Cinnirella, S. Faralli, A. Labella, P. Maurelli, M. Pierro and F. Rosa, Multimedia Annotation through WebGIS and Mobile Devices:Wireless Infrastructure Project for the UNESCO Site in Cerveteri – Italy, In proc of CIPA/VAST 2006, Nicosia Cyprus


    • Paolo Bottoni, Stefano Faralli, Anna Labella, Claudio Scozzafava, Clipscore: Composizione Algoritmica Interattiva. In proc. of "Matematica, Arte e Industria Culturale" 2005, Cetraro, Italy.


    • Paolo Bottoni, Marina Cammilli, Stefano Faralli: Generating Multimedia Content with Cellular Automata. IEEE MultiMedia 11(4): 78-83 (2004).
    • P. Bottoni, S. Faralli,A. Labella, C. Scozzafava: Experimenting with Chambre: Interactive Multimedia Action, Proceedings of Generative Art, Milano 2004, v. 2 p. 144-156.
    • P. Bottoni,.S. Faralli, A. Labella,C. Scozzafava: CHAMBRE: A distributed environment for the production of multimedia events, DMS'2004. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems, San Francisco 2004, p.51-56.