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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

Contact

Pfaffenwaldring 5 b
70569 Stuttgart
Deutschland
Room: 02.020

Office Hours

By appointment (per email).

Subject

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. 2022

    1. Papay, S., Klinger, R., & Padó, S. (2022). Constraining Linear-chain CRFs to Regular Languages. Proceedings of ICLR. https://arxiv.org/abs/2106.07306
    2. Padó, S., & Hole, D. (2022). Distributional Analysis of Polysemous Function Words. Proceedings of the 13th International Tbilisi Symposium on Language, Logic and Computation 2019, 13206. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98479-3_6
  2. 2021

    1. Westera, M., Gupta, A., Boleda, G., & Padó, S. (2021). Distributional models of category concepts based on names of category members. Cognitive Science, 45(9), e13029. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.13029
    2. Varvara, R., Lapesa, G., & Padó, S. (2021). Grounding Semantic Transparency In Context: A Distributional Semantic Study on German Event Nominalizations. Morphology, 31, 409–446. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11525-021-09382-w
    3. 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.
  3. 2019

    1. Sikos, J., & Padó, S. (2019). Frame Identification as Categorization: Exemplars vs Protoypes in Embeddingland. Proceedings of IWCS, 295--306. https://aclweb.org/anthology/papers/W/W19/W19-0425/
    2. Padó, S. (2019). Entities as a window into distributional semantics. RANLP 2019. https://nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/RANLP19-slides.pdf
    3. Frassinelli, D., Vigliocco, G., & Padó, S. (2019). Distributional Semantics reveals cross-cultural differences in food concepts. Proceedings of AmLaP.
  4. 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. https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/word.2018.0131
    2. Buljan, M., Padó, S., & Snajder, J. (2018). Lexical Substitution for Evaluating Compositional Distributional Models. Proceedings of NAACL, 206–211. http://aclweb.org/anthology/N18-2033.pdf
  5. 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. http://aclweb.org/anthology/S/S17/S17-1014.pdf
    2. Melymuka, M., Lapesa, G., Kisselew, M., & Padó, S. (2017). Modeling Derivational Morphology in Ukrainian. Proceedings of IWCS. http://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W17/W17-6928.pdf
    3. Boleda, G., Gupta, A., & Padó, S. (2017). Instances and concepts in distributional space. Proceedings of EACL, 79--85. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/E17-2013.pdf
    4. Lapesa, G., Padó, S., Pross, T., & Rossdeutscher, A. (2017). Are doggies cuter than dogs? Emotional valence and concreteness in German derivational morphology. Proceedings of IWCS. http://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W17/W17-6922.pdf
    5. 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. http://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/jZiM2FhZ/AC2017-Proceedings.pdf
    6. Gupta, A., Boleda, G., & Padó, S. (2017). Distributed Prediction of Relations for Entities: The Easy, The Difficult, and The Impossible. Proceedings of STARSEM. http://aclweb.org/anthology/S/S17/S17-1012.pdf
  6. 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. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S16-2010.pdf
    3. Kisselew, M., Rimell, L., Palmer, A., & Padó, S. (2016). Predicting the Direction of Derivation in English conversion. Proceedings of the ACL SIGMORPHON Workshop, 93--98. http://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W16/W16-2015.pdf
    4. Padó, S., Snajder, J., Utt, J., & Zeller, B. (2016). Smoothing Syntax-Based Semantic Spaces: Let The Winner Take It All. Proceedings of KONVENS, 186--191. http://www.linguistics.rub.de/konvens16/pub/23_konvensproc.pdf
    5. 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.
    6. Padó, S., Herbelot, A., Kisselew, M., & Snajder, J. (2016). Predictability of Distributional Semantics in Derivational Word Formation. Proceedings of COLING, 1285--1296. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C/C16/C16-1122.pdf
    7. 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.
    8. Padó, S., & Dagan, I. (2016). Textual Entailment. In R. Mitkov (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199573691.013.024
  7. 2015

    1. Zarcone, A., Padó, S., & Lenci, A. (2015). Same Same but Different: Type and Typicality in a Distributional Model of Complement Coercion. Proceedings of NetWords, 91--94. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1347/paper19.pdf
    2. Zeller, B. D. (2015). Induction, Semantic Validation and Evaluation of a Derivational Morphology Lexicon for German.
    3. 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. https://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/iwcs15_pado.pdf
    4. Gupta, A., Utt, J., & Padó, S. (2015). Dissecting the Practical Lexical Function Model for                  Compositional Distributional Semantics. Proceedings of STARSEM, 153--158. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S15-1017.pdf
    5. Feizabadi, P. S., & Padó, S. (2015). Combining Seemingly Incompatible Corpora for                  Implicit Semantic Role Labeling. Proceedings of STARSEM, 40--50. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S/S15/S15-1005.pdf
    6. 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. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W15-0108.pdf
  8. 2014

    1. Zeller, B., Padó, S., & Snajder, J. (2014). Towards Semantic Validation of a Derivational                  Lexicon. Proceedings of COLING, 1728--1739. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C14-1163.pdf
    2. Magnini, B., Dagan, I., Neumann, G., & Padó, S. (2014). Entailment Graphs for Text Analytics in the                  Excitement Project. Proceedings of Text, Speech and Dialogue, 11--18. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10816-2_2
    3. Feizabadi, P. S., & Padó, S. (2014). Crowdsourcing Annotation of Non-Local Semantic Roles. Proceedings of EACL, 226–230. http://aclweb.org/anthology/E/E14/E14-4044.pdf
  9. 2013

    1. Padó, S., Snajder, J., & Zeller, B. D. (2013). Derivational Smoothing for Syntactic Distributional                  Semantics. Proceedings of ACL, 731--735. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P13-2128.pdf
    2. Snajder, J., Padó, S., & Zeljko Agić. (2013). Building and Evaluating a Distributional Memory for                  Croatian. Proceedings of ACL, 784--789. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P13-2137.pdf
    3. 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.’” http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W/W13/W13-0604.pdf
    4. Zarcone, A., Lenci, A., Padó, S., & Utt, J. (2013). Fitting, not clashing! A distributional semantic                  model of logical metonymy. Proceedings of IWCS, 404--410. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W13-0216.pdf
  10. 2012

    1. Zarcone, A., Utt, J., & Pado, S. (2012). Modeling covert event retrieval in logical metonymy: probabilistic and distributional accounts. Proceedings of the NAACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling in Computational Linguistics, 70--79. http://aclweb.org/anthology/W/W12/W12-1707.pdf
    2. Augenstein, I., Padó, S., & Rudolph, S. (2012). LODifier: Generating Linked Data from Unstructured Text. Proceedings of ESWC, 210--224. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30284-8\_21
    3. Boleda, G., Padó, S., & Utt, J. (2012). Regular polysemy: A distributional model. Proceedings of *SEM, 151--160. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S12-1023.pdf
    4. Padó, S., & Utt, J. (2012). A Distributional Memory for German. Proceedings of the KONVENS Workshop on Recent Developments and Applications of Lexical-Semantic Resources. http://www.oegai.at/konvens2012/proceedings/67_pado12w/67_pado12w.pdf
    5. 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110253382.2887
  11. 2011

    1. Peirsman, Y., & Padó, S. (2011). Semantic relations in bilingual vector spaces. ACM Transactions in Speech and Language Processing, 8(2), 3:1--3:21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2050100.2050102
    2. Padó, S., & Peirsman, Y. (Eds.). (2011). Proceedings of the EMNLP Workshop on Geometrical Models of Natural Language Semantics.
    3. 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.
  12. 2010

    1. Faruqui, M., & Padó, S. (2010). Training and Evaluating a German Named Entity                  Recognizer with Semantic Generalization. Proceedings of KONVENS 2010. http://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/konvens10_faruqui.pdf
    2. Hendrickx, I., Kim, S. N., Kozareva, Z., Nakov, P., Séaghdha, D. Ó., Padó, S., Pennacchiotti, M., Romano, L., & Szpakowicz, S. (2010). Multi-Way Classification of Semantic Relations Between Pairs of Nominals. Proceedings of the 5th SIGLEX Workshop on Semantic Evaluation, 33--38. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/S10-1006.pdf
  13. 2009

    1. Padó, S., Galley, M., Manning, C. D., & Jurafsky, D. (2009). Robust Machine Translation Evaluation with                  Entailment Features. Proceedings of ACL 2009, 297--305. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P09/P09-1034.pdf
    2. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2009). Cross-lingual Annotation Projection of Role-semantic Information. Artificial Intelligence Research, 36, 307--340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1613/jair.2863
    3. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2009). Using FrameNet for the Semantic Analysis of German: Annotation, Representation, and Automation. In H. C. Boas (Ed.), Multilingual FrameNets in Computational Lexicography -- Methods and Applications (pp. 209–244). De Gruyter. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110212976.3.209
    4. Hajic, J., Ciaramita, M., Johansson, R., Kawahara, D., Martì, M. A., Màrquez, L., Meyers, A., Nivre, J., Padó, S., Stepánek, J., Stranák, P., Surdeanu, M., Xue, N., & Zhang, Y. (2009). The CoNLL-2009 Shared Task: Syntactic and Semantic Dependencies in Multiple Languages. Proceedings of CoNLL-2009, 1--18. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W/W09/W09-1201.pdf
    5. Hendrickx, I., Kim, S. N., Kozareva, Z., Nakov, P., Séaghdha, D. Ó., Padó, S., Pennacchiotti, M., Romano, L., & Szpakowicz, S. (2009). SemEval-2010 Task 8: Multi-Way Classification of Semantic Relations Between Pairs of Nominals. Proceedings of the NAACL Workshop on Semantic Evaluations: Recent Achievements and Future Directions, 94--99. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W09-2415.pdf
    6. Padó, S., Galley, M., Manning, C. D., & Jurafsky, D. (2009). Textual Entailment Features for Machine Translation Evaluation. Proceedings of the EACL Workshop on Machine Translation, 37--41. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W09-0404.pdf
    7. Padó, S., Cer, D., Galley, M., Manning, C. D., & Jurafsky, D. (2009). Measuring Machine Translation Quality as Semantic Equivalence: A Metric based on Entailment Features. Machine Translation, 23(2--3), 181--193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10590-009-9060-y
    8. 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. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W09-0208.pdf
  14. 2008

    1. Padó, S., Pennacchiotti, M., & Sporleder, C. (2008). Semantic role assignment for event nominalisations                  by leveraging verbal data. Proceedings of COLING 2008, 665--672. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/C/C08/C08-1084.pdf
    2. Culo, O., Erk, K., Padó, S., & im Walde, S. S. (2008). Comparing and Combining Semantic Verb Classifications. Language Resources and Evaluation, 42(3), 161--199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10579-008-9070-z
  15. 2007

    1. Spohr, D., Burchardt, A., Padó, S., Frank, A., & Heid, U. (2007). Inducing a Computational Lexicon from a Corpus with Syntactic and Semantic Annotation. Proceedings of IWCS-7. https://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/iwcs07_spohr.pdf
    2. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2007). Dependency-based Construction of Semantic Spaces. Computational Linguistics, 33(2), 161--199. http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/coli.2007.33.2.161
    3. 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. https://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/nodalida07_pado.pdf
  16. 2006

    1. Erk, K., & Padó, S. (2006). Shalmaneser - a flexible toolbox for semantic role                  assignment. Proceedings of LREC 2006. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2006/pdf/537_pdf.pdf
    2. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2006). Optimal Constituent Alignment with Edge Covers for                  Semantic Projection. Proceedings of COLING/ACL 2006, 1161--1168. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P06/P06-1146.pdf
    3. 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. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2006/pdf/339_pdf.pdf
    4. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2006). SALTO -- A Versatile Multi-Level Annotation Tool. Proceedings of LREC 2006. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2006/pdf/341_pdf.pdf
    5. 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.
    6. Burchardt, A., Erk, K., Frank, A., Kowalski, A., Padó, S., & Pinkal, M. (2006). Consistency and Coverage: Challenges for exhaustive semantic annotation. Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Sprachwissenschaft.
  17. 2005

    1. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2005). Cross-lingual Bootstrapping for Semantic Lexicons:                  The case of FrameNet. Proceedings of AAAI 2005. http://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/aaai05_pado.pdf
    2. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2005). Cross-lingual projection of role-semantic                  information. Proceedings of HTL/EMNLP 2005, 859--866. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/H/H05/H05-1108.pdf
    3. Erk, K., & Padó, S. (2005). Analysing models of semantic role assignment using                  confusability. Proceedings of HLT/EMNLP 2005. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/H/H05/H05-1084.pdf
    4. Padó, S., & Erk, K. (2005). To cause or not to cause: Cross-lingual semantic matching for paraphrase modelling. Proceedings of the Cross-Language Knowledge Induction Workshop.
  18. 2004

    1. Baldewein, U., Erk, K., Padó, S., & Prescher, D. (2004). Semantic Role Labelling for Chunk Sequences. Proceedings of the CoNLL 2004 Shared Task. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W/W04/W04-2413.pdf
    2. Erk, K., & Padó, S. (2004). A powerful and versatile XML Format for                  representing role-semantic annotation. Proceedings of LREC 2004. http://www.lrec-conf.org/proceedings/lrec2004/pdf/202.pdf
    3. Padó, S., & Boleda Torrent, G. (2004). The Influence of Argument Structure on Semantic Role                  Assignment. Proceedings of EMNLP 2004, 103--110. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W/W04/W04-3214.pdf
    4. Baldewein, U., Erk, K., Padó, S., & Prescher, D. (2004). Semantic Role Labelling With Similarity-Based                  Generalisation Using EM-based Clustering. Proceedings of SENSEVAL 3. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W/W04/W04-0817.pdf
    5. Ellsworth, M., Erk, K., Kingsbury, P., & Padó, S. (2004). PropBank, SALSA and FrameNet: How Design Determines Product. Proceedings of the Workshop on Building Lexical Resources From Semantically Annotated Corpora, LREC-2004. https://www.nlpado.de/~sebastian/pub/papers/lrec04_ellsworth.pdf
  19. 2003

    1. Padó, S., & Lapata, M. (2003). Constructing Semantic Space Models from Parsed                  Corpora. Proceedings of ACL 2003, 128--135. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P03/P03-1017.pdf
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/P/P03/P03-1068.pdf
    5. 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
2010-2013:
Professor of Computational Linguistics, ICL, Heidelberg University
2009-2010:
Juniorprofessor (Assistant Professor) of Computational Linguistics, IMS, Stuttgart University
2007-2009:
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
2007:
PhD (Dr. phil.) in Computational Linguistics, Saarland University
2002:
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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