17.199 Antonio Zampolli 1937-2003

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 199.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 15:10:31 +0100
             From: alessandro.lenci@ilc.cnr.it
             Subject: Antonio Zampolli 1937-2003

    It is with great sorrow that I report that Prof. Antonio Zampolli died in Pisa
    on August 22nd, in a terrible accident caused by a fire in his house.

    Zampolli was one of the true pioneers of the discipline of Computational
    Linguistics. For his activities in this field, he received world wide
    acknowledgement and many professional honours. His famous Pisa Summer Schools
    influenced the development of this new field in between linguistics and
    computer science. In his efforts to create a broad organizational
    infrastructure and empirical base for language research and technology he
    masterminded the founding of the European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
    and one of the successful international conference series is this area (LREC).

    Antonio Zampolli was full Professor of Mathematical Linguistics at the
    University of Pisa since 1977, and actually he has been the first professor of
    this discipline in Italy. In 1968 he founded the Linguistic Division of CNUCE
    in Pisa and became its director. In 1978 this unit was transformed into the
    Institute of Computational Linguistics of the National Research Council (CNR).
    Zampolli headed this research center for 35 years and turned it into one of the
    leading European sites of natural language processing and a center of
    excellence for the Italian research in computational linguistics. Recently,
    Zampolli was one of the most active promoters of the new degree in "Informatica
    Umanistica" (Computer and Humanities) at the Faculty of Letters of the
    University of Pisa, where he held the course on Computational Linguistics.

    Professor Zampolli was Chair of the ELRA Board and of the International
    Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC); Director of the Pisa
    International Summer School for Literary and Linguistic Computing. He was a
    permanent member of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics,
    member of the Steering Committee of TEI and of the ELSNET Management Board. He
    was former vice-president of the Association of Computing in the Humanities and
    past president of EURALEX.

    The wide range of research areas to which he contributed demonstrate the
    breadth of his intellectual interests. With more than 250 publications, he
    worked in literary and linguistic text analysis, mathematical methods in
    humanities, digital language resources, multimodality, standards for literary
    and linguistic data processing and computational lexicology/lexicography. He
    also played an important role in the design of modalities and strategies for
    international co-operation.

    With Antonio Zampolli's death the international scientific community also loses
    one of its most distinctive and vivid personalities.
    Antonio Zampolli will be remembered. We will all miss him a lot.

    Alessandro Lenci

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