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Sebastian Padó

Prof. Dr.

Chair of Theoretical Computational Linguistics, Managing Director of the IMS
Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS)
Theoretical Computational Linguistics


Pfaffenwaldring 5 b
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 02.020

Office Hours

By appointment (per email).


I head a research group (mostly) on computational semantics. That is, we are interested in developing software that enables computers to reason about the meaning of words and sentences.

You can find more details on the page of my research group.

Publications by Sebastian Padó:
  1. 2021

    1. Varvara, R., Lapesa, G., & Padó, S. (2021). Grounding Semantic Transparency In Context: A Distributional Semantic Study on German Event Nominalizations. Morphology, 31, 409–446.
    2. Iordachioaia, G., Lapesa, G., Meyer, S., & Padó, S. (2021). Difference of first attestation dates as evidence for directionality in zero derivation. Proceedings of the DGfS Workshop on the Semantics of Derivational Morphology.
  2. 2019

    1. Sikos, J., & Padó, S. (2019). Frame Identification as Categorization: Exemplars vs Protoypes in Embeddingland. Proceedings of IWCS, 295--306.
    2. Padó, S. (2019). Entities as a window into distributional semantics. RANLP 2019.
    3. Frassinelli, D., Vigliocco, G., & Padó, S. (2019). Distributional Semantics reveals cross-cultural differences in food concepts. Proceedings of AmLaP.
  3. 2018

    1. Lapesa, G., Kawaletz, L., Plag, I., Andreou, M., Kisselew, M., & Padó, S. (2018). Disambiguation of newly derived nominalizations in context: A Distributional Semantics approach. Word Structure, 11(3), 315--350.
  4. 2017

    1. Medić, Z., Šnajder, J., & Padó, S. (2017). Does Free Word Order Hurt? Assessing the Practical Lexical Function Model for Croatian. Proceedings of STARSEM.
    2. Boleda, G., Gupta, A., & Padó, S. (2017). Instances and concepts in distributional space. Proceedings of EACL, 79--85.
    3. Pross, T., Rossdeutscher, A., Lapesa, G., & Padó, S. (2017). Integrating lexical-conceptual and distributional semantics: a case report. Proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium, 75--84.
  5. 2016

    1. Varvara, R., Lapesa, G., & Padó, S. (2016). Quantifying regularity in morphological processes: An ongoing study on nominalization in German. ESSLLI DISSALT Workshop: Distributional Semantics and Semantic Theory.
    2. Köper, M., Schulte im Walde, S., Kisselew, M., & Padó, S. (2016). Improving Zero-Shot-Learning for German Particle Verbs by using Training-Space Restrictions and Local Scaling. Proceedings of STARSEM.
    3. Pross, T., Rossdeutscher, A., Padó, S., Lapesa, G., & Kisselew, M. (2016). “Over reference”: A comparative study on German prefix verbs. ESSLLI SemRefPlus Workshop: Referential Semantics One                  Step Further: Incorporating Insights from Conceptual                  and Distributional Approaches to Meaning.
    4. Padó, S., Herbelot, A., Kisselew, M., & Snajder, J. (2016). Predictability of Distributional Semantics in Derivational Word Formation. Proceedings of COLING, 1285--1296.
    5. Lapesa, G., Kisselew, M., Padó, S., Pross, T., & Rossdeutscher, A. (2016). Characterizing the pragmatic component of distributional vectors in terms of polarity: Experiments on German über verbs. ESSLLI DISSALT Workshop: Distributional Semantics and Semantic Theory.
  6. 2015

    1. Padó, S., Palmer, A., Kisselew, M., & Snajder, J. (2015). Measuring Semantic Content To Assess Asymmetry in Derivation. Proceedings of the IWCS Workshop on Advances in Distributional Semantics.
    2. Gupta, A., Utt, J., & Padó, S. (2015). Dissecting the Practical Lexical Function Model for                  Compositional Distributional Semantics. Proceedings of STARSEM, 153--158.
    3. Kisselew, M., Padó, S., Palmer, A., & Snajder, J. (2015). Obtaining a Better Understanding of Distributional                  Models of German Derivational Morphology. Proceedings of IWCS, 58--63.
  7. 2014

    1. Zeller, B., Padó, S., & Snajder, J. (2014). Towards Semantic Validation of a Derivational                  Lexicon. Proceedings of COLING, 1728--1739.
  8. 2013

    1. Padó, S., Snajder, J., & Zeller, B. D. (2013). Derivational Smoothing for Syntactic Distributional                  Semantics. Proceedings of ACL, 731--735.
    2. Utt, J., Lenci, A., Pado, S., & Zarcone, A. (2013). The Curious Case of    Metonymic Verbs: A Distributional Characterization. Proceedings of the IWCS Workshop “‘Towards A Formal Distributional Semantics.’”
  9. 2012

    1. Boleda, G., Padó, S., & Utt, J. (2012). Regular polysemy: A distributional model. Proceedings of *SEM, 151--160.
    2. Padó, S., & Utt, J. (2012). A Distributional Memory for German. Proceedings of the KONVENS Workshop on Recent Developments and Applications of Lexical-Semantic Resources.
    3. Frank, A., & Padó, S. (2012). Semantics in Computational Lexicons. In C. Maienborn, K. von Heusinger, & P. Portner (Eds.), Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning (Vol. 3, pp. 2887--2917). De Gruyter.
  10. 2011

    1. Padó, S., & Peirsman, Y. (Eds.). (2011). Proceedings of the EMNLP Workshop on Geometrical Models of Natural Language Semantics.
    2. Kim, S., Kozareva, Z., Nakov, P., Séaghdha, D. Ó., Padó, S., & Szpakowicz, S. (Eds.). (2011). Proceedings of the ACL Workshop on Relational Models of Semantics.
  11. 2009

    1. Erk, K., & Padó, S. (2009). Paraphrase assessment in structured vector space: Exploring parameters and datasets. Proceedings of the EACL Workshop on Geometrical Methods for Natural Language Semantics, 57--65.
  12. 2007

    1. Padó, S. (2007). Cross-lingual Parallelism and Translational Equivalence: The Case of FrameNet Frames. Proceedings of the NODALIDA Workshop on Building Frame Semantics Resources for Scandinavian and Baltic Languages.
  13. 2006

    1. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2006). The SALSA corpus: a German corpus resource for                  lexical semantics. Proceedings of LREC 2006.
    2. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2006). SALTO -- A Versatile Multi-Level Annotation Tool. Proceedings of LREC 2006.
    3. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2006). Challenges in lexical semantics: Non-compositionality in  SALSA corpus annotation. Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Sprachwissenschaft.
  14. 2003

    1. Padó, S., & Boleda Torrent, G. (2003). Towards a better understanding of frame element assignment errors. Proceedings of the Workshop on Prospects and Advances in the Syntax/Semantics Interface.
    2. Erk, K., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2003). Building a Resource for Lexical Semantics. Proceedings of the Workshop on Frame Semantics, XVII. International Congress of Linguists.
    3. Erk, K., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2003). Towards a Resource for Lexical Semantics: A Large                  German Corpus with Extensive Semantic Annotation. Proceedings of ACL 2003.
    4. Erk, K., Kowalski, A., & Padó, S. (2003). The SALSA Annotation Tool. Proceedings of the Workshop on Prospects and Advances in the Syntax/Semantics Interface.

SS 2018

  • Lecture "Empirische Methoden der Maschinellen Sprachverarbeitung" (with Antje Schweitzer)
  • Seminar "Ethics and NLP" (with Thang Vu)
since 2013:
Professor of Theoretical Computational Linguistics, IMS, Stuttgart University
Professor of Computational Linguistics, ICL, Heidelberg University
Juniorprofessor (Assistant Professor) of Computational Linguistics, IMS, Stuttgart University
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Computational Linguistics, Saarland University
MSc in Cognitive Science and Natural Language, University of Edinburgh

I offer various BSc and MSc thesis topics. Please come to my office hour or check the IMS theses page on ILIAS.

If you write to me to inquire about internships or external thesis supervision, please add the word 'hospes' to the subject of your email. Otherwise I will not read it.

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