New publication from the Heidelberg NLP group

We announce a new publication at *SEM 2022 at NAACL, on
A Dynamic, Interpretable CheckList for Meaning-oriented NLG Metric Evaluation – through the Lens of Semantic Similarity Rating. Congratulations to all authors!

Apr 22 Letitia Parcalabescu and Juri Opitz will present their newest work in the upcoming ACL Meeting in Dublin: VALSE and Weisfeiler Leman in the Bamboo .

Another successful PhD Defense, by Debjit Paul

We are celebrating the PhD defense of Debjit Paul, for his thesis on Social Commonsense Reasoning. Congratulations, Dr. Paul!


Neural Natural Language Generation: Multilinguality, Multimodality, Controllability and Learning

A survey by members of the COST Action Multi3Generation: Multi-task, Multilingual, Multi-modal, to appear in JAIR


VALSE 💃 accepted @ACL 2022 Main

Our paper VALSE: A Task-Independent Benchmark for Vision and Language Models Centered on Linguistic Phenomena was accepted at ACL 2022 Main.


We're celebrating two successful PhD defenses

Todor Mihaylov and Bich-Ngoc Do both defended their PhD thesis in February.
We're very proud to see the fruits of their research so greatly presented. Congratulations!


Anette Frank selected as one of eight ACL Fellows in 2021

Congratulations to Anette Frank for having been selected as one of eight ACL Fellows in 2021, for her research in semantics and discourse in NLP.


Dec 21 The paper: Weisfeiler-Leman in the BAMBOO: Novel AMR Graph Metrics and a Benchmark for AMR Graph Similarity, by Juri Opitz, Angel Daza and Anette Frank has now appeared in Transactions of the ACL.

Researchers of the NLP group win best paper award in the 8th ArgMining Workshop @EMNLP 2021

for their paper Explainable Unsupervised Argument Similarity Rating with Abstract Meaning Representation and Conclusion Generation.

Nov 21 Anette Frank gives a panelist talk in the ArgMining Workhop 2021.
Nov 21 On Nov 16, Juri Opitz will give a talk at InFoDiTex on Exploring the Regesta Imperii for testing Large-Scale Pattern-based Analysis of Medieval Entities and Times.
Oct 21 Anette Frank gives an invited talk in CLAR 2021, 4th Int. Conference on Logic and Argumentation.
Sep 21 Letitia Parcalabescu giving a talk in the Hamburg PyData meetup on Multimodal Transformers.
Aug 21 Anette Frank becoming Action Editor for TACL.

New publications in TACL and ArgMining @ EMNLP

Novel AMR Graph Metrics and an AMR Graph Similarity Benchmark
Explainable Argument Similarity Rating for better Argument Conclusion Generation.


Best paper award at DeeLIO 2021

Best Paper Award for Maria Becker, Siting Liang and Anette Frank in the DeeLIO Workshop @ NAACL 2021

for their paper:
Reconstructing Implicit Knowledge with Language Models

The NLP Group will welcome new team members in 2021: Philipp Wiesenbach will join the ACCEPT project, to work on Computational Argumention, and Xiyan Fu will join us to research new topics in Natural Language Understanding and Generation. We are looking forward to the new team members joining the group in May and July!
There will be three dissertation defenses in the upcoming months: Angel Daza and Maria Becker will defend their theses in May, and Todor Mihaylov will defend his thesis in June/July! Angel and Todor have already started their new positions at the University of Amsterdam and at Facebook AI in Menlo Park, and Maria will soon start her new position at the Department of German Studies at Heidelberg University.
Anette Frank will be Action Editor for TACL starting July 2021.

Eight new publications by the Heidelberg NLP group, collaborating researchers and CL students

We are delighted to announce eight papers on interpretation and reasoning in NLU and NLG using Commonsense Knowledge, on Multilingual AMR Parsing, and on Image and Language processsing. Congratulations to all authors!

Maria Becker and Katharina Korfhage will present CoCo-Ex in the EACL 2021 Demonstrations Track. CoCo-Ex: A Tool For Linking Concepts From Texts To ConceptNet allows users to ground ConceptNet concepts in textual sequences. Find paper, code and video at EACL 2021.
We are happy to announce a new paper accepted for EACL 2021: Towards a Decomposable Metric for Explainable Evaluation of Text Generation from AMR, by Juri Opitz and Anette Frank. Pre-print available from arXiv. Congratulations to the authors!

We have two openings for PhD candidates:

  • A doctoral scholarship in Natural Language Understanding and Generation
  • A PhD position in our new DFG project ACCEPT in the priority program RATIO (Robust Argumentation Machines)

Please find all relevant information about the positions and how to apply here.


Two members of the HD NLP group have been rewarded for outstanding contributions to EMNLP 2020: Anette Frank as outstanding Area Chair and Juri Opitz as outstanding Reviewer. Congrats. We appreciate such recognitions for community services.
Two long papers by members of the NLP group have been accepted for EMNLP 2020.
Congratulations to the authors!
  • X-SRL: A Parallel Cross-Lingual Semantic Role Labeling Dataset, by Angel Daza and Anette Frank, to appear in the Proceedings of EMNLP. The publication is based on work within the LiMo project
  • Social Commonsense Reasoning with Multi-Head Knowledge Attention, by Debjit Paul and Anette Frank, to appear in Findings at EMNLP, Association of Computational Linguistics, [preprint]
The paper Argumentative Relation Classification with Background Knowledge, by Debjit Paul, Juri Opitz, Maria Becker, Jonathan Kobbe, Graeme Hirst, and Anette Frank earned a nomination for the best student paper award at the COMMA 2020 Conference! Congratulations to all authors!
Three new publications by members of the NLP group and colleagues:
  • Juri Opitz, Letitia Parcalabescu and Anette Frank (2020): AMR Similarity Metrics from Principles. Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Vol. 8, pp. 522-538. [html]
  • Debjit Paul, Juri Opitz, Maria Becker, Jonathan Kobbe, Graeme Hirst, and Anette Frank (2020): Argumentative Relation Classification with Background Knowledge. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2020) [html]
  • Maria Becker, Ioana Hulpus, Debjit Paul, Juri Opitz, Jonathan Kobbe, Heiner Stuckenschmidt and Anette Frank (2020): Explaining Arguments with Background Knowledge. Towards Knowledge-based Argumentation Analysis. Datenbank Spektrum 20:131–141, Special Issue: Argumentation Intelligence. [DOI]
New publication: Letitia Parcalabescu and Anette Frank: Exploring Phrase Grounding without Training: Contextualisation and Extension to Text-Based Image Retrieval. Workshop on Multimodal Learning (at CVPR 2020), [pdf].
Anette Frank will be Area Chair in the Semantics track" for EMNLP 2020.
Anette Frank will be Area Chair in the Semantics Track for ACL 2020 in Seattle.


Enjoy our latest NLP blog post: Adversarial Training explained by Sebastian Burst
Anette Frank and Letitia Parcalabescu are participating in the newly established COST Action Multi3Generation: Multi-task, Multilingual, Multi-modal Language Generation, led by Isabelle Augenstein. We are members of the management committee as representatives for Germany.
We are looking forward to collaborating in this great network activity.
Three new publications at EMNLP, SemEx@ISWC and ArgMining@ACL
  • Angel Daza and Anette Frank: Translate and Label! An Encoder-Decoder Approach for Cross-lingual Semantic Role Labeling (EMNLP 2019)
  • Todor Mihaylov and Anette Frank: Discourse-Aware Semantic Self-Attention for Narrative Reading Comprehension (EMNLP 2019)
  • Ioana Hulpus, Jonathan Kobbe, Christian Meilicke, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Maria Becker, Juri Opitz, Vivi Nastase and Anette Frank: Towards Explaining Natural Language Arguments with Background Knowledge (SemEx 2019)
Three members of the group will attend EurNLP 2019 in London to present and discuss their research:
  • Todor Mihaylov: Discourse-Aware Semantic Self-Attention for Narrative Reading Comprehension
  • Letitia Parcalabescu: Unsupervised Text to Scene Graph Alignment with WordNet Neighborhood
  • Debjit Paul: Graph-based Multi-Hop Commonsense Knowledge
The 2nd Heidelberg Summer School of Computational Humanities (HCH19) has just ended, with lectures, workshops and special events around Mixed Methods in the Computational Humanities. Co-organized by teams of Beatrix Busse, Anette Frank and the Leibniz ScienceCampus. Thanks to all contributors and participants!
Juri Opitz and Leo Born offered a half-day hands-on tutorial and workshop: Providing new views on textual data with knowledge graphs at HCH19 (details to come).
New publication on "Dissecting Content and Context in Argumentative Relation Analysis", by Juri Opitz and Anette Frank, to appear at the 6th Argument Mining Workshop at ACL 2019 in Florence.
New publications at NAACL, *SEM, DATeCH, LDK and RELATIONS!
We launched a new NLP blog, which is open to interested students and researchers to share views, insights and news about research in Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence.