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 on computing veracity in social media. Before this he was the coordinator of the European FP7 project TrendMiner, and was involved in the Coordination and support action LIDER, 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 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. He was also a co-chair of all previous 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 joined the Technical University Dresden as a post-doc researcher at the end of 2017, after working for the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) in Barcelona within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network ESSENCE as a post-doc for two years. She completed her PhD on multilingual conceptual modeling at the University of Vienna in 2015. Since then she has centered her research around learning ontologies as well as cognitive schemas based on embodied cognition from multilingual natural language texts using machine learning and deep learning. She was a main organizer of the first two workshops of the SemDeep series, has co-organized an AI competition at IJCAI 2017 as well as another Workshop on Interaction-Based Knowledge Sharing (WINKS) at the Joined Ontology Workshop (JOWO).
José Camacho Collados is a Research Associate at Cardiff University. Previously he was a Google Doctoral Fellow and completed his PhD at Sapienza University of Rome. His research focuses on Natural Language Processing and, more specifically, on the area of lexical and distributional semantics. His research is regularly published in top NLP conferences such as ACL, EMNLP, NAACL or EACL. José has experience in utilizing lexical resources for NLP applications, while enriching and improving these resources by extracting and processing knowledge from textual data. On this area he has recently co-organized the SemEval 2018 shared task on Hypernym Discovery and a tutorial on the Interplay between Lexical Resources and Natural Language Processing. He has also recently written a well-received survey on Vector Representations of Meaning, which was published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. Previously, he co-organized a workshop on Sense, Concept and Entity Representations and their Applications at EACL 2017 and a tutorial on the same topic at ACL 2016.
Mohammad Taher Pilehvar is an assistant professor at Iran University of Science and Technology (Tehran) and an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Taher completed his PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Roberto Navigli and was a research associate from 2015 to 2018 at the Language Technology Lab of the University of Cambridge. Taher's research lies in lexical semantics, mainly focusing on semantic representation of word senses, semantic similarity, and Word Sense Disambiguation. He has co-organized three SemEval tasks and an EACL workshop, and has authored several conference papers (among which two ACL best paper award nominees) and journal articles in lexical semantics.