Roberto Navigli is a full professor in the Department of Computer, Control and Management Engineering at the Sapienza University of Rome and the head of the Sapienza NLP Group. In 2007 he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from "La Sapienza" (winner of the Marco Cadoli 2007 AI*IA prize for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in AI). In 2013 he received the Marco Somalvico AI*IA prize, awarded to the best young Italian researcher in AI, who has provided a significant, highly-innovative personal contribution in AI.

BabelNet He is the creator of BabelNet, the largest multilingual encyclopedic computational dictionary, winner of the 2017 prominent paper award of the Artificial Intelligence Journal and the META prize, and covered by the Guardian and Time Magazine.


He has received two prestigious grants from the European Research Council (ERC): MOUSSE, a 1.5M euro Consolidator Grant (2017-2022), and MultiJEDI, a 1.3M euro Starting Grant. These grants have been selected (out of 10,000) among the 15 projects through which the ERC transformed science.

  • AIISHe is in the steering committee of the CINI National Laboratory on Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems.

  • Flag of Europe

    He is the coordinator of the Sapienza unit in ELEXIS (2018-2022), an EU project on the future infrastructure of electronic lexicography, and the MIUR PRIN 2017 PerLIR on Personalized LInguistic Resources.

  • Google Adward

    He was the Co-PI of Language Understanding cum Knowledge Yield (LUcKY), a Google Focused Research Award on Natural Language Understanding.

  • Babelscape

    Co-founder of Babelscape, an innovative Sapienza spinoff company focusing on multilingual Natural Language Processing. Check out SemanticPaths, our multilingual semantic search engine customizable to all domains and verticals.

  • ACL

    Program Co-Chair of ACL-IJCNLP 2021, Action Editor for the Transactions of the ACL, Associate Editor of the Artificial Intelligence Journal (2013-2020), Chair of the AI Journal Awards Committee.