PROF. DR. ANETTE FRANK

Anette Frank

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+49 6221 54-3247
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Institut für Computerlinguistik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 325
D-69120 Heidelberg
Germany
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Research Statement

My research focuses on discourse-oriented semantics using neural methods for advanced NLU tasks, such as reading comprehension, commonsense reasoning or argumentation analysis.

I am especially interested in combining neural machine learning methods with linguistic modeling and knowledge representation, which I believe will make NLP systems more powerful and robust, and deeper in modeling Natural Language Understanding.

The NLP group's work covers many themes in semantics-based NLP, including semantic role labeling, coreference, discourse relation parsing, natural language and commonsense inference as well as phenomena involving implicitness in language and commonsense NLU.

To make automatic Natural Language Understanding succeed, language needs to be situated in real-world contexts. We hence investigate multimodal language processing and how this can help in achieving situated language understanding.



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See also the
 NLP Group pages: my Team, Projects & Publications!

and the the web pages of ICL, the Institute of Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University

NEWS

2021

Nov 21: Juri Opitz and members of ACCEPT won the Best Paper Award award in the ArgMining Workshop @EMNLP!

Nov 21: I've been recognized as outstanding reviewer for EMNLP 2021.

Nov 21: I will give a panelist talk in the ArgMining Workhop 2021.

Oct 21: I will give a Keynote Speech at CLAR 2021

Oct 21: So excited to congratulate Prof. Dr. Nils Reiter

  • former PhD student and member of the NLP group, sun umbrella
  • a passionate of Digital Humanities and teaching
  • to his recent appointment
    as Professor of Digital Humanities & Natural Language Processing
    at the University of Cologne. — Congratulations!

Sep 21: We have a paper accepted for the ArgMining Workshop at EMNLP!

Aug 21: Now serving as Action Editor for TACL!

Aug 21: We have new paper accepted for Transactions of the ACL!

  • on advanced graph-based similarity metrics for AMR
  • offering a novel benchmark for AMR similarity
  • Juri Opitz, Angel Daza and Anette Frank (to appear):
    Weisfeiler-Leman in the BAMBOO: Novel AMR Graph Metrics and a Benchmark for AMR Graph Similarity. Already available on ArXiv

RESEARCH

My research focuses on discourse-oriented semantics using neural methods for advanced NLU tasks, such as reading comprehension, commonsense reasoning or argumentation analysis.

Current research themes include:

KNOWLEDGE-BASED LANGUAGE PROCESSING
  • Machine Reading Comprehension
  • (Social) Commonsense Reasoning
  • Computational Argumentation
  • Hypothetical, Counterfactual and Abductive Inference
NATURAL LANGUAGE GENERATION
  • Meaning-based NLG Evaluation Metrics
  • Reconstructing Implicit Knowledge in Text
STRUCTURED MEANING REPRESENTATIONS
  • Representing Events and their Participants
  • Resolving Anaphora
MULTIMODAL VISION & LANGUAGE PROCESSING
  • Grounding Language in Images
  • Multimodal Fusion

Research areas I have been working on in the past:

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Ontologies for semantic processing and representation

  • Information extraction (relation extraction, temporal processing)
  • Multilingual question-answering
  • Ontology-based lexicon modelling
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Corpus-based grammar induction and lexicon acquisition

  • Creation and use of treebanks and annotated corpora
  • Corpus-based induction of treebanks, grammars, and lexicon resources
  • Crosslingual resource induction using parallel corpora
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Semantics and discourse analysis

  • Semantics construction and dynamic semantics, esp. Discourse Representation Theory
  • Scope and underspecification
  • Lexical semantics
  • Modality, propositional attitudes and discourse subordination
  • Temporal analysis
  • Textual entailment
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Multilingual syntactic and semantic processing

  • Grammar formalisms and grammar engineering techniques
  • Multilingual syntactic analysis
  • Multilingual semantic analysis and resource creation
  • Grammar-based machine translation

CURRICULUM VITAE

Academic degrees

2002

Habilitation in Computational Linguistics

Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Germany

1997

Dissertation in Computational Linguistics

Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Germany

1991

Master of Arts (Magister) in Linguistics (major)
Computer Science (minor) and Romance Linguistics (minor)

Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS)
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Studies

1988 - 1991

Studies of Linguistics, Computer Science and Romance Linguistics

University of Stuttgart, Germany

1984 - 1988

Studies of German and Romance Literature and Linguistics

University of Heidelberg, Germany

Employment

since 2007

Professor of Computational Linguistics

Department of Computational Linguistics
University of Heidelberg, Germany

2000 - 2007

Senior Researcher

Language Technology Lab, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

SS 2002

Teaching replacement (C4 Professorship, CL)

Institute for Natural Language Processing
IMS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

1997 - 2000

Researcher

MultiLingual Theory and Technology Lab
Xerox Research Centre Europe, XRCE, Grenoble, France

1991 - 1997

Researcher

Institute for Natural Language Processing
IMS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Student Employment

1988 - 1991

Research Assistent

Institute for Natural Language Processing
IMS, University of Stuttgart, Germany

1986 - 1988

Freelancer

IBM Scientific Research Center Heidelberg, Germany

1985 - 1986

Teaching Assistant

Lycee George de la Tour, Nancy, France

For more information please consult my personal CV.

PUBLICATIONS

2021
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COCO-EX: A Tool for Linking Concepts from Texts to ConceptNet

Becker, M., Korfhage, K., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the Software Demonstrations of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2021), 119-126

Reconstructing Implicit Knowledge with Language Models

Becker, M., Liang, S., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of Deep Learning Inside Out (DeeLIO): The 2nd Workshop on Knowledge Extraction and Integration for Deep Learning Architectures at NAACL 2021, 11-24

CO-NNECT: A Framework for Revealing Commonsense Knowledge Paths as Explicitations of Implicit Knowledge in Texts

Becker, M., Korfhage, K., Paul, D., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the 14th International Workshop on Computational Semantics (IWCS), Groningen, The Netherlands (Online), 21-32

Neural Natural Language Generation: A Survey on Multilinguality, Multimodality, Controllability and Learning

Erdem, E., Kuyu, M., Yagcioglu, S., Frank, A., Parcalabescu, L., Plank, B., Babii, A., Turuta, O., Erdem , A., Calixto, I., Lloret, E., Apostol, E., Truica, C., Sandrih, B., Gatt, A., Martincic-Ipsic, S., Berend, G., Korvel , G. (2021)

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR).

Weisfeiler-Leman in the BAMBOO: Novel AMR Graph Metrics and a Benchmark for AMR Graph Similarity

Opitz, J., Daza, A., Frank, A. (2021)

Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL).

Explainable Unsupervised Argument Similarity Rating with Abstract Meaning Representation and Conclusion Generation

Opitz, J., Heinisch, P., Wiesenbach, P., Cimiano, P., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the Eighth Argument Mining Workshop, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 24-35

Towards a Decomposable Metric for Explainable Evaluation of Text Generation from AMR

Opitz, J., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the 16th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2021), Online, 1504-1518

What is Multimodality?

Parcalabescu, L., Trost, N., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the First Workshop on Multimodal Semantic Representations (MMSR), Groningen, The Netherlands (Online), 1-10

Seeing Past Words: Testing the Cross-Modal Capabilities of Pretrained V&L Models

Parcalabescu, L., Gatt, A., Frank, A., Calixto, I. (2021)

Proceedings of the First Workshop on Multimodal Semantic Representations (MMSR), Groningen, The Netherlands (Online), 32-44

COINS: Dynamically Generating COntextualized Inference Rules for Narrative Story Completion

Paul, D., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 11th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (ACL-IJCNLP 2021) , Online.

Generating Hypothetical Events for Abductive Inference

Paul, D., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of The Tenth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2021), Online.

Grounding Plural Phrases: Countering Evaluation Biases by Individuation

Suter, J., Parcalabescu, L., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Advances in Language and Vision Research (ALVR 2021) at NAACL 2021, Online, 22-28

Translate, then Parse! A strong baseline for Cross-Lingual AMR Parsing

Uhrig, S., Garcia, Y., Opitz, J., Frank, A. (2021)

Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Parsing Technologies and the IWPT 2021 Shared Task on Parsing into Enhanced Universal Dependencies (IWPT 2021), Online, 58-64
2020
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Implicit Knowledge in Argumentative Texts: An Annotated Corpus

Becker, M., Korfhage, K., Frank, A. (2020)

Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC), Marseille, France, 2316-2324

Explaining Arguments with Background Knowledge -- Towards Knowledge-based Argumentation Analysis

Becker, M., Hulpus, I., Paul, D., Opitz, J., Kobbe, J., Stuckenschmidt, H., Frank, A. (2020)

Datenbank Spektrum (Special Issue: Argumentation Intelligence), 131-141

X-SRL: A Parallel Cross-Lingual Semantic Role Labeling Dataset

Daza, A., Frank, A. (2020)

The 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2020), Online, 3904-3914

Herausforderungen Maschinellen Sprachverstehens. Algorithmus für Kreativität gesucht

Frank, A., Markert, K. (2020)

Ruperta Carola Forschungsmagazin, 86-95

AMR Similarity Metrics from Principles

Opitz, J., Parcalabescu, L., Frank, A. (2020)

Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 522-538

Exploring Phrase Grounding without Training: Contextualisation and Extension to Text-Based Image Retrieval

Parcalabescu, L., Frank, A. (2020)

Proceedings of the Workshop on Multimodal Learning (In conjunction with CVPR 2020), Seattle, WA, USA.

Argumentative Relation Classification with Background Knowledge.

Paul, D., Opitz, J., Becker, M., Kobbe, J., Hirst, G., Frank, A. (2020)

Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA 2020), 319-330

Social Commonsense Reasoning with Multi-Head Knowledge Attention

Paul, D., Frank, A. (2020)

In Findings of the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP), 2969-2980
2019
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Assessing the Difficulty of Classifying ConceptNet Relations in a Multi-Label Classification Setting

Becker, M., Staniek, M., Nastase, V., Frank, A. (2019)

RELATIONS - Workshop on meaning relations between phrases and sentences (co-located with IWCS).

Translate and Label! An Encoder-Decoder Approach for Cross-lingual Semantic Role Labeling

Daza, A., Frank, A. (2019)

EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing.

Towards Explaining Natural Language Arguments with Background Knowledge

Hulpus, I., Kobbe, J., Becker, M., Opitz, J., Hirst, G., Meilicke, C., Nastase, V., Stuckenschmidt, H., Frank, A. (2019)

1st Workshop on Semantic Explainability – co-located with the 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019) .

Exploiting Background Knowledge for Argumentative Relation Classification

Kobbe, J., Opitz, J., Becker, M., Hulpus, I., Stuckenschmidt, H., Frank, A. (2019)

2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019), 1-14

Discourse-Aware Semantic Self-Attention For Narrative Reading Comprehension

Mihaylov, T., Frank, A. (2019)

Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing, EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, 2541-2552

Automatic Accuracy Prediction for AMR Parsing

Opitz, J., Frank, A. (2019)

Proceedings of The Eighth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2019), 212-223

An Argument-Marker Model for Syntax-Agnostic Proto-Role Labeling

Opitz, J., Frank, A. (2019)

Proceedings of The Eighth Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics (*SEM 2019), 224-234

Dissecting Content and Context in Argumentative Relation Analysis

Opitz, J., Frank, A. (2019)

Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Argument Mining, Florence, Italy, 25-34

Ranking and Selecting Multi-Hop Knowledge Paths to Better Predict Human Needs

Paul, D., Frank, A. (2019)

Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics , Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 3671-3681

TEACHING

REGULAR CLASSES

  • Introduction to Computational Linguistics
    Lectures with exercises, 4 SWS (2007-2012)

  • Formal and Computational Syntax
    Lectures with exercises, 4 SWS (since 2008)

  • Formal and Computational Semantics
    Lectures with exercises, 4 SWS (since 2013)

  • Computational Linguistics Colloquium

SEMINARS (SELECTION)

  • Natural Language Generation

  • New Dvlpmts in NN Architectures & Representation Learning for NLU Tasks

  • Knowledge Acquisition and Inference for Complex NLP Tasks

  • New Developments in Semantic Parsing and Discourse Analysis

  • Semantic Discourse Processing

  • From Information Extraction to Deep Semantic Parsing

  • Semantic NLP – from a discourse perspective

  • Data-driven Methods in NLP

SUPERVISION (BA and MA Theses)

  • I supervise a considerable number of student theses.
    You find them listed on this page. Main supervisor listed first.

  • Here you find guidelines for how to write (or not to write) a thesis:
    My collection of Dos and Don'ts when writing a thesis
    Guidelines by Katarina Klein, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Guidelines by Maria Lieber, TU Dresden
    LaTeX-Vorlage des Instituts für Computerlinguistik, Heidelberg.