Antonio Sanfilippo: "Using Linguistic Analysis to Model Intent"

Ponente: Antonio Sanfilippo (Qatar Foundation R&D)

Fecha: martes 8 de abril de 2014

Hora: 10h00

Lugar de celebración: Sala de Grados, Fac. de Educación, UNED


A speaker’s language is the window to his intent. Diverging attitudes toward the use of violence by groups or individuals who otherwise share the same ideological goals are reflected in the language communication strategies that these groups/individuals adopt in advocating the pursuit of their cause. The identification of language use factors that are highly correlated with a speaker’s attitude to violence enables the development of computational models of violent intent. These models can help recognize violent intent in written or spoken language and forecast the likely occurrence of violent events and help to identify changing communication outreach characteristics across radical groups. The goal of this talk is to review recent approaches to modeling violent intent based on content analysis and demonstrate how the ensuing models can be used to assess and forecast ebbs and flows of sociopolitical contention in the public dialogue.



Dr. Antonio Sanfilippo is Research Director at Qatar Foundation R&D. His research focus is on computational linguistics, data analytics, knowledge technologies, social media, and socio-behavioral modeling with reference to applications in health, security, and public policy. Before joining QF, Antonio held several research management position as chief scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (DOE),  director of research strategy and planning at Textology Inc., director of text mining at SRA International, and director of advanced development at LingoMotors Inc.  From 1998 to 2000, he served as a senior consultant at the European Commission, and through April 1998 was research supervisor and acting manager in the language technology group at SHARP Laboratories of Europe. Antonio  holds M.A. and M. Phil. degrees in anthropological linguistics from Columbia University (USA), and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh (UK). He is the recipient of the 2008 Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


Lugar de celebración

Sala de Grados
Fac. de Educación, UNED
c/ Juan del Rosal, 14
Ciudad Universitaria
28040 Madrid


Vídeo: Using Linguistic Analysis to Model Intent (pdf slides).

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