Curriculum vitae of Cristina Bosco
Education and research
- From October 2006, I’m assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Torino.
- December 2004 - October 2006 two-years post-doc “Lagrange Fellow” grant of the ISI Foundation (Lagrange Fellow), at the faculty of Psychology of the University of Torino, and under the supervision of prof. Bara and prof. Lombardo, for the development of a research project that is, on the one hand, in the area of the Natural Language Processing (NLP) and, on the other hand, in the area of the theory of complexity, entitled “Human language as a complex system: study of variation phenomena with corpus-based techniques”.
- December 2002 - November 2004 two-years scholarship of the Department of Computer Science of the faculty of Science of the University of Torino for the project “Le risorse linguistiche per l’elaborazione del linguaggio naturale”, which is devoted to the development and the rationalization of the treebank for Italian Turin University Treebank (TUT http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/).
- 2004, PhD in Computer Science, with grant from Minister of University at the University of Torino, thesis "A grammatical relation system for treebank annotation" (http://www.di.unito.it/~bosco/phdthesis.zip) (supervisor prof. V. Lombardo, reviewers prof. J. Carroll (Department of Informatics - Sussex University, UK), and prof. M.T. Pazienza (faculty of engineering - University of Roma Tor Vergata). The thesis develops a methodology, called Augmented Relational Structure (ARS), adequate for a treebank annotation that takes into account the predicate-argument structures and their components (i.e. morpho-syntactic, functional-syntactic and semantic).
- 2001 Research fellow at University College (London, UK) – Department of Phonetics and Linguistics.
- 1996-1998 two-years scholarship of the Department of Philosophical Disciplines (Faculty of Literature and Philosophy) of the University of Torino, supervisor prof. C. Bazzanella, for research and teaching.
- 1997 one year master in Multimedia technology and communication organized by COREP (Politecnico of Torino).
- 1995 Laurea degree in Philosophy at the University of Torino (supervisors: Prof. D. Marconi and L. Lesmo) with the thesis in Philosophy of Language "Un lessico ed un interprete semantico per un programma di comprensione di storie”.
Activities, research topics and projectsThe focus of the research is on artificial Intelligence, within computational linguistics and Natural Language Processing (NLP), and it is more precisely oriented to the development and exploitation of linguistic resources, in particular with respect to parsing, machine translation and sentiment analysis.
During PhD, the activity has been devoted to the definition of an annotation format for syntactic trees suitable for Italian language. This format has been applied to a linguistic database for Italian, i.e. the Turin University Treebank (TUT http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/), a project that has been coordinated from the beginning by her as responsible for the area of linguistic resources of her research group. TUT has been extended with various corpora (COSTituzione ITAliana corpus, Wikipedia corpus) achieving the current size of around 3,500 sentences (= 85,000 annotated words).
The treebank, exploited as reference resource for parser training during all the Evalita evaluation campaign for Italian (Evalita 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014 http://www.evalita.it/), has been newly released during time in order to improve its quality, and it has been also converted in other annotation formats known in literature (http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/TUTtoPENNconverter/, http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/CCG-TUT/), for the development of comparison with other resources, also in a cross-linguistic perspective, and for experiments where parser built for other languages and formats are applied. This has determined a meaningful improvement of performance in parsing for Italian while the state-of-the-art, as defined within Evalita 2011 and 2014, has been upgraded to achieve that for English, following dependency-based approaches.
Recently, thanks to a cooperation with the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa and the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale (CNR, Pisa), and a grant from Google, TUT has been introduced in Universal Dependency project promoted by Stanford University (http://universaldependencies.org/).
She coordinated also the development of other corpora, and in particular the parallel treebank for Italian, French and English (ParTUT http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/treebanks.html) annotated in TUT format for studying and doing experiments for machine translation, which in 2017 will be introduced like TUT in the Universal Dependency repository.
Another research line refers to the development of resources for sentiment analysis, starting from the SentiTUT corpus (http://www.di.unito.it/~tutreeb/corpora.html), a collection of social media texts with political content. In this area collocates the development of multilingual corpora among which #mariagepourtous for French, #labuonascuola for Italian and #independencia for Catalan and Spanish, developed in cooperation with colleagues and teams working in French and Spanish universities. In this line, she also plays the role of Principal Investigator in the new project "Hate speech & Social Media: un'analisi del linguaggio dell'odio in Piemonte" (funded by Fondazione CRT).
During the PARLI project (Portale per l’Accesso alle Risorse Linguistiche per l’Italiano, PRIN-2008), where she played the role of national vice-coordinator, within a cooperation with other researchers working in NLP for Italian and with the support of the Associazione Italiana per L’Intelligenza Artificiale, she has developed a portal for accessing all the main resources and system for Italian NLP (http://parli.di.unito.it/).
She is the responsible for the University of Turin for the agreement of scientific cooperation (started in 2013 and currently in effect) among the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale – CNR of Pisa and Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin, as well as for the agreement (Convenzione Quadro) among the Fondazione Bruno Kessler of Trento, the Department of Humanistic Studies of the University of the Western Piedmont, the Department of Enterprise Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa, the Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale – CNR of Pisa and Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin.
She work in the “Content Centered Computing group” (http://beta.di.unito.it/index.php/italiano/ricerca/gruppi/content-centered-computing/presentazione) playing the role of responsible of all the activities related to linguistic resources.
She supervised thesis for PhD, for laurea degree and for master degree
Teaching at university
- From 2015 course on Emotion Oriented Systems for the PhD in Computer Science at University of Turin
- From 2009 course of Computer Science Applied in Multimedia Communication for the laurea degree in Translation at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Torino
- 2006-2009 course of Applied Computer Science for the laurea degree in Biological Sciences at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Torino
- 2004-2005 part of the course of Computer Science Applied in Multimedia Communication for the laurea degree in Translation at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Torino
- 2004/2005 with a contract for teaching, Computer Science Laboratory at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Torino
- 2003 with a contract, development of tests for increasing the Scientific English Test (SET) for the students of Computer Science
She participated the the organization of events, among which:Second Conference for Italian Computational Linguistics - CLIC-It 2015 (as main chair)
Special Session on Emotion and Sentiment in Intelligent Systems and Big Social Data Analysis (SentISData) at IEEE-DSAA 2015 and 2016 (as organizer and chair)
Wokshop Evalita 2014 (as main chair)
Workshop Emotion and Sentiment in Social and Expressive Media (ESSEM) (2013 e 2015 as main chair)
Workshop PARLI (12012)
Workshop Evalita 2011, in convegno AISV (2012)
Workshop Evalita 2009, in coference AI*IA (2009)
Workshop FOMI 2008 (2008)
Workshop Evalita 2007, in conference AI*IA (2007)
Conferenza COGSCI 2005 (2005)
She is in program committee and plays the role of reviewer for journals and conferences, among which:International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC)
International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING)
workshop Treenbanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT)
Reviewer per IEEE Intelligent System
Current institutional rolesParticipation at the committee for teaching computer science in school, which organizes activities for students and teachers of all schools in order to support them in their curricular work.
Other experiencesFrom July to November 1997, stagist, at the Centre d'Etudes franco-italiennnes (CEFI-CNRS) of the Universitè de Savoie (Chambèry, Francia) for activities related to the development of the web site of the center and research about communication and education in Internet.
Software object-oriented developer at RSI Sistemi of Torino, from January to December 1998
Torino, November the 10th 2016