Leo Wanner

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Leo Wanner earned his Diploma degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe and his PhD in Linguistics from the University of The Saarland. Prior to joining ICREA, he held positions at the German National Centre for Computer Science (GMD), University of Waterloo, the University of Stuttgart and the Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. As visiting researcher, he was also affiliated with U of Montreal, U of Sydney, U of Southern California's Institute for Information Sciences, U Paris 7, Columbia University, and U of Augsburg. Throughout his career, Dr Wanner has been involved as Principal Investigator in a series of large scale national and European research projects. He has published eight books and about 185 peer reviewed papers. He is member of the Editorial Board of the Computational Intelligence Journal and serves as regular reviewer for a number of high profile conferences and journals in the areas of (Computational) Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence.

Research interests

Leo Wanner is working in the field of computational linguistics, teaching the computer how to understand textual information, how to supply people with information that might be useful to them and how to interact with people. His research areas include human-computer interaction (in particular, the design and realization of conversation agents that reveal social and cultural competence), automatic written and spoken graph transduction-based language generation, automatic summarization of written material, data-driven parsing, information extraction, and, more recently, profiling of authors of written material and the information structure-prosody interface. He is furthermore interested in lexicology and lexicography, and there, in particular, in the automatic recognition, representation and use of lexical idiosyncrasies (so-called "collocations") by both native speakers and learners of a language. An important characteristics of his research is that it is multilingual.

Selected publications

- Ten Ventura C, Carlini R, Dasioupoulou S, Llorach Tó G & Wanner L 2017, ‘Towards Reasoned Modality Selection in an Embodied Conversation Agent’, Proc. Intelligent Virtual Agents (IVA) Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.

- Soler-Company J & Wanner L 2017, ‘On the Relevance of Syntactic and Discourse Features for Author Profiling and Identification’, Proc. Meeting of the European Chapter for Computational Linguistics (EACL), Short paper track, Valencia, Spain.

- Wanner L et al. 2017, ‘KRISTINA: A Knowledge-Based Virtual Conversation Agent’, Proc. 15th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (PAAMS), Porto, Portugal.

- Kleinhans J, Farrús M, Gravano A, Pérez JM, Lai C & Wanner L 2017, ‘Using Prosody to Classify Discourse Relations’, Proc. Interspeech, Stockholm, Sweden.

- Burga A, Öktem A & Wanner L 2017, ‘Revising the METU-Sabanc Turkish treebank: An Exercise in Surface-Syntactic Annotation of Agglutinative Languages’, Proc. Fourth International Conference on Dependency Linguistics (DepLing), Pisa, Italy.

- Codina-Filba J, Bouayad-Agha N, Burga A, Casamayor G, Mille S, Mueller A, Saggion H & Wanner L 2017, 'Using genre-specific features for patent summaries', Information Processing & Management, 53, 1, 151 - 174.

- Wanner L, Ferraro G & Moreno P 2017, 'Towards Distributional Semantics-Based Classification of Collocations for Collocation Dictionaries', International Journal Of Lexicography, 30, 2, 167 - 186.

- Han Q, Heimerl F, Codina-Filbà J, Lohmann S, Wanner L & Ertl T 2017, ‘Visual Patent Trend Analysis for Informed Decision Making in Technology Management’, World Patent Information Journal, 49:34–42.

Selected research activities

- PI and Coordinator of several large scale European research projects.

- Co-organizer of the Dagstuhl Seminar on Social Conversation Agents.

- Co-organizer of the Special Session on Basic and Healthcare Applications at the International Multimedia Modeling Conference 2017, Reykjavik.