Lectures on Computational Linguistics 2023

Pisa, 29th-31st May 2023
Sala Convegni, Polo Piagge · University of Pisa

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The 2023 edition of the Lectures on Computational Linguistics is an event dedicated to central themes in the field of Computational Linguistics.

The 2023 edition of AILC Lectures is organized by Felice Dell’Orletta and Alessandro Lenci, and will take place at the University of Pisa. The interdisciplinary nature of the school characterizes two main areas: the humanistic one, characterized by topics related to linguistics and investigations in the field of digital humanities, and the scientific one, linked to the topics of computer science and engineering, with particular reference to Artificial Intelligence and cognitive sciences.

The Lectures are also coordinated with the parallel event Ital-IA, a conference on Artificial Intelligence organized by the CINI National Labs.

Topics of the 2023 edition

The 2023 edition in Pisa will focus on the latest models to learn and represent knowledge in mono- and multi-modal contexts, with particular emphasis on the most recent large language models. The event will cover various aspects related to the generation and transfer of knowledge, their interpretation, and explainability. The topics will be explored both from a theoretical perspective of linguistic and computer studies and in applicative scenarios oriented towards Digital Humanities and Natural Language Processing.

The event is primarily addressed to graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and Master students, but welcomes all those who might be interested in the topics.Participation is free but subject to registration. The Lectures are organised by the Italian Association of Computational Linguistics (AILC) in collaboration with the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics, University of Pisa and the Institute for Computational Linguistics “A. Zampolli, National Research Council.

The Lectures include:

  • four 2-hours tutorials on selected topics;
  • two 4-hours hands-on laboratories on state-of-the art computational methods and applications;
  • two evening lectures that will address key challenges in the field.


Monday 29 May 2023

  • 9:00 Apertura

  • 9:30 – 11:30: Tutorial 1 – Computational linguistic methods for linguistic analyse – Ellie Pavlick
  • 11:30 – 12:00: COFFEE BREAK
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Student session
  • 13:30 – 15:00: LUNCH
  • 15:00 – 17:00: Tutorial 2 – Grounding language in visual data: Models, datasets and recent results – Albert Gatt
  • 17:00 – 17:30: COFFEE BREAK
  • 17:30 – 18:30: Evening lecture: Computational linguistics for the humanities – Simonetta Montemagni
  • 19:30: WELCOME DRINK

Tuesday 30 May 2023

  • 9:00 – 11:00: Lab 1 (PART I)Multimodality and NLPAlessandro Bondielli & Lucia Passaro
  • 11:00 – 11:30: COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:30 – 13:30: Lab 1 (PART II) Multimodality and NLP – Alessandro Bondielli & Lucia Passaro
  • 13:30 – 15:00: PRANZO
  • 15:00 – 17:00: Tutorial 3 – Transfer and Multi-Task Learning in Natural Language Processing – Barbara Plank
  • 17:00 – 17:30: COFFEE BREAK
  • 17:30 – 18:30: Evening lecture – Human centered AI – Dino Pedreschi
  • 20:00: SOCIAL EVENT

Wednesday 31 May 2023

  • 9:00 – 11:00: Tutorial 4 – Interpretability of linguistic knowledge in neural language models – Afra Alishahi
  • 11:00 – 11:30: COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:30 – 13:00: Student session
  • 13:00 – 14:00: LUNCH
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Lab 2 (PART I)Explaining Neural Language Models from Internal Representations to Model Predictions – Alessio Miaschi & Gabriele Sarti
  • 16:00 – 16:30: COFFEE BREAK
  • 16:30 – 18:30: Lab 2 (PART II) Explaining Neural Language Models from Internal Representations to Model Predictions – Alessio Miaschi & Gabriele Sarti

Student’s Presentation

Students are invited to present their ongoing research during two Student Sessions. Interested participants are required to submit a 500-word abstract in English to ailc.lectures@gmail.com within the deadline of the 27th April, 2023. Acceptance notices will be sent within the 10th May, 2023.


Registrations ARE CLOSED, we had reached the maximum number of participants.

Scientific Committee

Raffaella Bernardi (University of Trento)
Tommaso Caselli (University of Groningen)
Francesco Cutugno (University of Napoli Federico II)
Felice Dell’Orletta (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale CNR – Pisa)
Elisabetta Jezek (University of Pavia)

Local Organisers

Felice Dell’Orletta (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “A. Zampolli”)
Alessandro Lenci (University of Pisa)

Organising Committee

Chiara Alzetta (Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale CNR – Pisa)
Irene Sucameli (University of Pisa)

Contatti: ailc.lectures@gmail.com