Short Bio

Since September 2015, I am Assistant Professor at Université Côte d’Azur, Inria, CNRS, I3S and member of the Wimmics Research Team. I have been recently awarded with a Chair in Artificial Intelligence at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence 3IA Côte d’Azur on “AI and Natural Language”.

I defended my HDR (habilitation) in October 2020.

In April 2011 I received the Ph.D. from the Information and Communication Technologies International Doctoral School at University of Trento (Italy), with a thesis on the Textual Entailment approach to semantic inferences. I conducted my PhD research in the Human Language Technology Unit at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) in Trento.

During my PhD, I spent a 6-month internship in the Parsing and Semantics Group at Xerox Research Center Europe in Grenoble (France).

In 2011, I moved to INRIA Sophia Antipolis for a three-year postdoc in the Wimmics team to work on a question-answering system over linked data, followed by another one-year postdoc with the double affiliation INRIA and EURECOM (Sophia Antipolis, France) on the same topic.

Research interests: Natural Language Processing, Argumentation Mining, Information Extraction.

What's new...

[May 2021] I was awarded with a Chair in Artificial Intelligence at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence 3IA Côte d’Azur on “AI and Natural Language” (starting in September 2021).

[December 2020] Laureate de Prix d'Excellence d'Universite Cote d'Azur.

[December 2020] ANTIDOTE (ArgumeNtaTIon-Driven explainable artificial intelligence fOr digiTal mEdicine) project accepted in the framework of the Call 2019 of the CHIST-ERA ERA-NET for the topic Explainable Machine Learning-based Artificial Intelligence - XAI.

[December 2020] Co-chair with Serena Villata of the 7th Workshop of Argument Mining @COLING 2020.

[December 2020] Co-chair with Pierpaolo Basile, Valerio Basile and Danilo Croce of the Natural Language for Artificial Intelligence (NL4AI) workshop @AI*IA 2020.

[September 2020] The paper Vorakit Vorakitphan, Marco Guerini, Elena Cabrio, Serena Villata: Regrexit or not Regrexit: Aspect-based Sentiment Analysis in Polarized Contexts. accepted at COLING 2020!

[September 2020] The paper Michele Corazza, Stefano Menini, Elena Cabrio, Sara Tonelli, Serena Villata: Hybrid Emoji-Based Masked Language Models for Zero-Shot Abusive Language Detection accepted as Findings of EMNLP!

Recent research projects

Selected publications

Tobias Mayer, Elena Cabrio, Serena Villata (2020). Transformer-based Argument Mining for Healthcare Applications, in Proceedings of the 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI2020).

Michele Corazza, Stefano Menini, Elena Cabrio, Sara Tonelli, Serena Villata (2020). A Multilingual Evaluation for Online Hate Speech Detection, To appear in ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), Special Section on Computational Modeling and Understanding of Emotions in Conflictual Social Interactions.

Soufian Jebbara, Valerio Basile, Elena Cabrio, Philipp Cimiano (2019). Extracting common sense knowledge via triple rank- ing using supervised and unsupervised distributional models. Semantic Web 10(1): 139-158.

Stefano Menini, Elena Cabrio, Sara Tonelli and Serena Villata (2018). Never retreat, never retract: Argumentation Analysis for Political Speeches, Proceedings of the Thirty-Second AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-18).

Jay Young, Valerio Basile, Lars Kunze, Elena Cabrio, Nick Hawes (2016). Towards Lifelong Object Learning by Integrating Situated Robot Perception and Semantic Web Mining, in Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016).

The full list of my publications can be found on DBLP




Students can find the material for all classes on the Moodle platform.

  • Text Processing for AI, Master 1 Info, UCA.
  • Analyse de Données textuelles, Master 1 Lettres, UCA.
  • Introduction à la linguistique computationnelle, Master 1 Lettres, UCA.
  • Traitement Automatique du Langage, Master 2 IA2 MIAGE, UCA.
  • Technologies du Web, Licence 2, Portail Sciences, UCA.


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