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Place: I-105 , FEUP
Date: October 18th, 2012
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 (light lunch at 12:15, I125)


Processing Figurative Language in Social Media: Humour and Irony

Speaker: Paolo Rosso


  • Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.


Figurative language processing is one of the most arduous topics: unlike literal language, the former takes advantage of linguistic devices, such as metaphor, analogy, ambiguity, irony, sarcasm, satire and so on, in order to project more complex meanings which, most of times, represent a real challenge, not only for computers, but for humans as well. In this talk I will aim at showing how two specific domains of figurative language - humour and irony - may be automatically handled by means of considering linguistic devices, such as ambiguity and incongruity, and meta-linguistic devices, such as emotional scenarios and polarity. Special emphasis will be given to the use of figurative language in social media (Twitter, Amazon, TripAdvisor etc.):

Short Bio

Paolo Rosso ( received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Trinity College Dublin, University of Ireland. He is currently an Associate Professor at Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain, where he leads the Natural Language Engineering Lab.:

He has published over 200 papers in different conferences, workshops and journals, and it has been involved in many national and international research projects. His research interests are mainly focused on plagiarism detection, irony detection in social media, and analysis of short texts.

He has been collaborating in the organization of PAN activities on Uncovering Plagiarism, Authorship, and Social Software Misuse. Concretely on Plagiarism detection (at CLEF- Conference and Labs of the Evaluation Forum: and on Cross-Language !ndian News Story Search (at FIRE - Forum for Information Retrieval Evaluation:


NameAffiliationAttends Light Lunch
Jorge TeixeiraLIACC & Labs Sapo UPYes
Rosaldo Rossetti DEI/FEUP - LIACCYes
Raul Moreira VidalDEI/FEUPYes
João CardosoDEI/FEUPYes
Pedro SaleiroDEI-FEUP/Labs Sapo UPYes
Alexandra BergFLUPYes
João MoreiraFEUP-DEINo
Miguel MendesFEUPNo
Filipe CoelhoINESC TEC & DEI/FEUPYes
Nuno FloresFEUP/DEIYes
Tiago CarvalhoFEUP/DEIYes
Joao BispoINESC-IDYes
Arif Ur RahmanINESC / FEUPYes
Ricardo NobreFEUP/INESCYes
Lucio PassosfeupYes
Zafeiris KokkinogenisfeupYes
joce macedofeupYes
Guilherme SoaresfeupYes
Mariana GouveiaDEI, FEUPYes
João AlmeidaLIACCYes
António CoelhoFEUP/DEIYes
João Correia LopesDEIYes

Registration count: 25
Light lunch attendees: 21

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