Italian NLP - Introductions

Ciao a tutti! :hugs: :it:

Following the example of other language communities, this is the introduction thread for Italian NLP practitioners using HuggingFace libraries! To get started, please feel free to introduce yourself with any of the following:

  • Your name, Github, Hugging Face, and/or Twitter handle
  • Some projects you are working on or interested in starting
  • Any potential directions you have in mind for the Hugging Face Italian community
  • Anything else you’d like to share!

As for me, I am Gabriele (@gsarti on Github, gsarti_ on Twitter), I recently graduated from a Data Science MSc program at University of Trieste/SISSA and I’m currently working for an AI startup + looking for NLP PhD opportunities!

As for my recent projects using HF libraries, I recently used the allenai/unifiedqa-t5-large model alongside the new prefix-constrained generation capabilities introduced by @nicola-decao for multiple choice QA!

Looking forward to e-meet you all!

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Ciao Gabriele,

good idea to open the thread, we need to strengthen the nlp community in Italy :slight_smile:

I’m Enrico Bertino, mathematical engineer passionate about language (@EnricoBerto91 on twitter).
I co-founded Indigo.ai, a startup in Ai with a focus on R&D in the NLP field.

Speaking about HF, I use transformers in practically all the task I handle. In Indigo, we love “light” models and we pre-trained distilBERT in Italian (it was the only chance in my life to call a model like me :upside_down_face:) and this year we aim to train some even more compressed models in order to allow the use of transformers in Italian also with low computational demand.

In parallel with BERT, we are also exploring the world of “next word predictor” language models, currently training a GPT-2 and having fun with various experiments with GPT-3! With this in mind, it would be interesting to organize a discussion on GPT-3 and its use in Italian, I think there are ideas from both a technical and social point of view!

In ogni caso sono super carico per fare una comunità HF italiana!!

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Ciao Gabriele, bellissima idea!

I am Cristiano De Nobili. After a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics @ SISSA (Trieste) and a short Postdoc in deep learning (computer vision), I have been into NLP for three years. I started working at the Bixby project (Samsung’s vocal assistant) and now I am a freelance research scientist mainly working on NLP/DL projects that have a positive social or environmental impact. Currently, together with Pi School and the EU commission, I am working to apply NLP to have a better understanding of industrial pollution in Europe. In addition, I am a deep learning lecturer at several public and private masters, in particular at the master in High-Performance Computing MHPC (SISSA/ICTP in Trieste).

Twitter @denocris, GitHub.

I am interested also in non-language/exotic applications of NLP (genomics), Quantum Machine Learning, and whatever technology has a positive impact on one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

I am open to discuss and share our experience in NLP. I am also open to taking part in cool open source projects!

See you soon!

Cristiano

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Hi all!

I am Marco Postiglione, a first year PhD student @ UNINA (Naples).
My PhD course is focused on the application of Information and Communication technologies to the healthcare domain. In particular, my project aims to extract valuable information from the unstructured text of Italian clinical notes.

I am also interested in graph analytics (my first publication is on the application of GCNs and LSTMs to Italian mobility data at the beginning of the pandemic) and eXplainable AI.

Anche io carichissimo per il percorso nell’NLP iniziato quest’anno e per la nascita di questa community!!

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