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EVALITA Evaluation of NLP and Speech Tools for Italian - December 17th, 2020

Valerio Basile
Danilo Croce
Maria Maro
et al.

Preface to the EVALITA 2020 Proceedings

Valerio Basile, Danilo Croce, Maria Di Maro et Lucia C. Passaro

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Originally published online by CEUR (, ISSN 1613-0073, Vol-2765, urn:nbn:de:0074-2765-4)

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1Welcome to EVALITA 2020! EVALITA is the evaluation campaign of Natural Language Processing and Speech Tools for Italian. EVALITA is an initiative of the Italian Association for Computational Linguistics (AILC, and it is endorsed by the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA, and the Italian Association for Speech Sciences (AISV,

2This volume includes the reports of both task organisers and participants to all of the EVALITA 2020 challenges. In the 2020 edition, we coordinated the organization of 14 different tasks belonging to five research areas, being:

  1. Affect, Hate, and Stance,

  2. Creativity and Style,

  3. New Challenges in Long-standing Tasks,

  4. Semantics and Multimodality, Time and Diachrony.

3The volume is opened by an overview to the EVALITA 2020 campaign, in which we describe the tasks, provide statistics on the participants and task organizers as well as our supporting sponsors. The abstract of the keynote speech made by Preslav Nakov titled “Flattening the Curve of the COVID-19 Infodemic: These Evaluation Campaigns Can Help!” is also included in this collection.

4Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional workshop was held online, where several members of the Italian NLP Community presented the results of their research. Despite the circumstances, the workshop represented an occasion for all participants from both academic institutions and private companies to disseminate their work and results and to share ideas through online sessions dedicated to each task and a general discussion during the plenary event.

5We carried on with the tradition of the “Best system across tasks” award. As in 2018, it represented an incentive for students, IT developers and researchers to push the boundaries of the state of the art by facing tasks in new ways, even if not winning.

6We would like to thank our sponsors Amazon Science (​), Bnova (​), CELI (​), European Language Resources Association (ELRA,​en/​) and Google Research (​) for their support to the virtual event and to the prize for the best system award.

7Our gratitude goes also to University of Turin for hosting the online events. In addition, we sincerely thank the Best System across Tasks committee for providing their expertise and experience. Moreover, we acknowledge the AILC Board members for their trust and support, our mentor Nicole Novielli and all the chairs of the 2018 edition, who helped us during all the organization process of EVALITA 2020.

8We warmly thank our invited speaker Preslav Nakov for having shared his knowledge and insights with his talk.

9Last but not least, we would like to thank all the task organizers and participants, who made this edition special with their enthusiasm and creativity.

10December 2020


Valerio Basile, University of Turin

Danilo Croce, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Maria Di Maro, University of Naples “Federico II”

Lucia Passaro, University of Pisa

Advisor: Nicole Novielli, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”

Steering Committee

Chiara Alzetta, Università degli Studi di Genova

Guido Anselmi, University of Milan

Silvia Ballarè, Università degli Studi di Bologna

Pierpaolo Basile, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Cristina Bosco, University of Torino

Dominique Brunato, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” – CNR

Michele Cafagna, University of Pisa

Annalina Caputo, Dublin City University

Tommaso Caselli, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Pierluigi Cassotti, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Massimo Cerruti, University of Torino

Cristiano Chesi, NETS-IUSS

Alessandra Teresa Cignarella, University of Turin / Universitat Politècnica de València

Andrea Cimino, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” - CNR

Gloria Comandini, Università degli Studi di Trento

Graziella De Martino, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Lorenzo de Mattei, University of Pisa

Felice Dell’Orletta, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” - CNR

Elisa Di Nuovo, University of Torino

Elisabetta Fersini, University of Milano-Bicocca

Simona Frenda, University of Torino / Universitat Politècnica de València

 Albert Gatt, University of Malta

Giulia Giorgi, University of Milan

Eugenio Goria, University of Torino

Lorenzo Gregori, University of Florence

Andrea Iovine, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Frosina Koceva, Università di Genova

Mirko Lai, University of Torino

Gianluca E. Lebani, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Marco Lovetere, Ghigliottiniamo

Caterina Mauri, Università degli Studi di Bologna

Stefano Menini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Alessio Miaschi, University of Pisa

Martina Miliani, University for Foreigners of Siena / University of Pisa

Maria Montefinese, University of Padua

Simonetta Montemagni, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” - CNR

Johanna Monti, University of Naples "L’Orientale"

Giovanni Moretti, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Malvina Nissim, Faculty of Arts - CLCG University of Groningen

Debora Nozza, Bocconi University

Antonio Pascucci, L’Orientale University of Naples

Viviana Patti, University of Torino

Marco Polignano, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Daniele P. Radicioni, University of Turin

Ilir Rama, University of Milan

Giulia Rambelli, University of Pisa

Andrea Amelio Ravelli, ILC-CNR of Pisa

Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València

Irene Russo, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” - CNR

Federico Sangati, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

Manuela Sanguinetti, University of Torino

Lucia Siciliani, University of Bari Aldo Moro

Rachele Sprugnoli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Marco Stranisci, Associazione Acmos

Sara Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Ilaria Torre, University of Genova

Rossella Varvara, University of Florence

Giulia Venturi, Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” - CNR

Roberto Zamparelli, Università degli Studi di Trento

Best System Award committee

Giuseppe Attardi, University of Pisa

Francesca Chiusaroli, University of Macerata

Giuseppe Castellucci, Amazon Science

Gloria Gagliardi, “L’Orientale” University of Naples

Nicole Novielli, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”


Manuela Speranza, Fondazione Bruno Kessler



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