Luis Espinosa Anke received his BA in English Philology in 2006, and his PhD in Computer Science in 2017 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). His research interests lie in the intersection between knowledge and lexical resources and their applicability to knowledge-based approaches to NLP, complementary to corpus-based methodologies. He has published work on several tasks related with the broad area of computational lexicography, involving definitional knowledge, hypernymy, taxonomy learning, knowledge base construction, and collocation acquisition, among others. He co-organized the 2014 Spanish NLP conference, and is currently co-organizer of two SemEval 2018 tasks.
Thierry Declerck has joined the Language Technology Lab of DFKI GmbH in June 1996 and works also regularly for the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics of Saarland University in Saarbrücken. He was involved in the European FP7 project PHEME (http://www.pheme.eu/) on computing veracity in social media. Before this he was the coordinator of the European FP7 project TrendMiner (http://www.trendminer-project.eu/), and was involved in the H2020 project FREME (http:www.freme-project.eu/), on digital content enrichment, and in the Coordination and support action LIDER (http://www.lider-project.eu/), working on the basis for the creation of the Linguistic Linked Data cloud. His numerous current and past projects have been dealing with the relation of language technologies and semantic conceptual representations and with infrastructures for language resources. Thierry Declerck was also actively involved in ISO TC37/SC4/ (on language resources management) and now contributes to the standardization activities of the W3C consortium, within the Ontology-Lexica Community Group. Thierry Declerck has a long experience related to the organization of workshops and conferences, being also since 2012 co-organizer of the LREC conference (http://www.lrec-conf.org/). He was also a co-chair of the ﬁrst two SemDeep workshops. Thierry Declerk will give together with John McCrae a course at ESSLLI 2018 on the Linguistics Linked Open Data cloud.
Dagmar Gromann has recently joined the Institute of Computational Logic at the Technical University Dresden (TU Dresden) as a post-doc researcher. Prior to that she worked as a post-doc fellow at the Research Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIIA) in Barcelona within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ESSENCE on the dynamic evolution of shared semantics in computational environments. She completed her PhD on multilingual conceptual modeling at the University of Vienna in 2015 and focused on the integration of ontologies and terminologies. Since then she has centered her research around learning ontologies from multilingual natural language texts and methodologies for the alignment of multilingual ontologies. For this purpose, she has been using distributional semantics and word embeddings for the purpose of word sense disambiguation for ontology learning.