Giovanni Sartor
University of Bologna and European University Institute of Florence

Giovanni Sartor is part-time professor in legal informatics at the University of Bologna and part-time professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence. He obtained a PhD at the European University Institute (Florence), worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg), was a researcher at the Italian National Council of Research (ITTIG, Florence), held the chair in Jurisprudence at Queen’s University of Belfast, and was Marie-Curie professor at the European University of Florence. He has been President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law. He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law. He is co-director of the Artificial intelligence and law Journal and co-editor of the Ratio Juris Journal. His research interests include legal theory, logic, argumentation theory, modal and deontic logics, logic programming, multiagent systems, computer and Internet law, data protection, e-commerce, law and technology, aviation law, human rights. Among others, he is author of the books "Artificial Intelligence in Law" (Tano, 1993) and "Legal Reasoning: A Cognitive Approach to the Law" (Springer, 2005), as well as co-editor of the "Handbook of Legal Reasoning and Argumentation" (Springer, 2018).

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Marco Lippi
University of Florence

Marco Lippi received the B.Sc. Degree (cum laude) and the M.Sc. Degree (cum laude) in Computer Engineering from the University of Florence in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In 2010 he obtained the Ph.D. in Computer and Automation Engineering from the same university. Then, he was Research Assistant at the Universities of Florence (2010-2011), Siena (2011-2014), and Bologna (2014-2016). From March to June 2014 he was visiting scholar at Laboratoire d'Informatique Paris 6 (LIP6) at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. Since November 2016, he is an Assistant Professor with tenure track in Computer Engineering at the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His research focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications to natural language processing, argumentation mining, legal informatics, bioinformatics, medicine, and time-series analysis. In 2010 he was awarded the "E. Caianiello" prize for the best Italian PhD thesis in the field of artificial neural networks.

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08:40–08:50 Opening Remarks [slides]
Session 1 (Henning Wachsmuth, Elena Cabrio)
08:50–09:50 Keynote: Schemes for Legal Argumentation [slides]
Giovanni Sartor and Marco Lippi
09:50–10:10 Segmentation of Argumentative Texts with Contextualised Word Representations [slides] [paper]
Georgios Petasis
10:10–10:30 A Cascade Model for Proposition Extraction in Argumentation [slides] [paper]
Yohan Jo, Jacky Visser, Chris Reed and Eduard Hovy
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
Session 2 (Benno Stein)
11:00–11:20 Dissecting Content and Context in Argumentative Relation Analysis [slides] [paper]
Juri Opitz and Anette Frank
11:20–11:40 Aligning Discourse and Argumentation Structures using Subtrees and Redescription Mining [slides] [paper]
Laurine Huber, Yannick Toussaint, Charlotte Roze, Mathilde Dargnat and Chloé Braud
11:40–12:00 Transferring Knowledge from Discourse to Arguments: A Case Study with Scientific Abstracts [slides] [paper]
Pablo Accuosto and Horacio Saggion
12:00–12:30 Poster Lightning Talks [slides]
All poster presenters
12:30–14:00 Lunch Break
14:00–15:30 Session 3: Demo and Posters
demo The Swedish PoliGraph: A Semantic Graph for Argument Mining of Swedish Parliamentary Data [poster] [paper]
Stian Rødven Eide
Towards Effective Rebuttal: Listening Comprehension Using Corpus-Wide Claim Mining [poster] [paper]
Tamar Lavee, Matan Orbach, Lili Kotlerman, Yoav Kantor, Shai Gretz, Lena Dankin, Michal Jacovi, Yonatan Bilu, Ranit Aharonov and Noam Slonim
Lexicon Guided Attentive Neural Network Model for Argument Mining [poster] [paper]
Jian-Fu Lin, Kuo Yu Huang, Hen-Hsen Huang and Hsin-Hsi Chen
Is It Worth the Attention? A Comparative Evaluation of Attention Layers for Argument Unit Segmentation [poster] [paper]
Maximilian Spliethöver, Jonas Klaff and Hendrik Heuer
Argument Component Classification by Relation Identification by Neural Network and TextRank [paper]
Mamoru Deguchi and Kazunori Yamaguchi
Argumentative Evidences Classification and Argument Scheme Detection Using Tree Kernels [paper]
Davide Liga
The Utility of Discourse Parsing Features for Predicting Argumentation Structure [poster] [paper]
Freya Hewett, Roshan Prakash Rane, Nina Harlacher and Manfred Stede
Detecting Argumentative Discourse Acts with Linguistic Alignment [poster] [paper]
Timothy Niven and Hung-Yu Kao
Annotation of Rhetorical Moves in Biochemistry Articles [paper]
Mohammed Alliheedi, Robert E. Mercer and Robin Cohen
Evaluation of Scientific Elements for Text Similarity in Biomedical Publications [poster] [paper]
Mariana Neves, Daniel Butzke and Barbara Grune
Categorizing Comparative Sentences [poster] [paper]
Alexander Panchenko, Alexander Bondarenko, Mirco Franzek, Matthias Hagen and Chris Biemann
Ranking Passages for Argument Convincingness [paper]
Peter Potash, Adam Ferguson and Timothy J. Hazen
Gradual Argumentation Evaluation for Stance Aggregation in Automated Fake News Detection [poster] [paper]
Neema Kotonya and Francesca Toni
15:30–16:00 Coffee Break
Session 4 (Manfred Stede, Benno Stein)
16:00–16:20 Persuasion of the Undecided: Language vs. the Listener [slides] [paper]
Liane Longpre, Esin Durmus and Claire Cardie
16:20–16:40 Towards Assessing Argumentation Annotation - A First Step [slides] [paper]
Anna Lindahl, Lars Borin and Jacobo Rouces
16:40–17:25 Special Event
Moderated by workshop chairs
17:25–17:30 Best Paper Announcement
Workshop chairs
17:30 Closing Remarks [slides]

Best Paper Award


An award was given to the best paper, published in the workshop. The award came with a gift of US-$ 500, sponsored by IBM, the company behind Project Debater. Thanks to IBM for this great support! The winner of the best paper award is: Transferring Knowledge from Discourse to Arguments: A Case Study with Scientific Abstracts by Pablo Accuosto and Horacio Saggion

Best Paper Award Winners