GIAT is an interdisciplinary network of researchers focussing on the epistemological, methodological and practical aspects of text analysis founded at the University of Padua in 2007.

Founding members:

Lorenzo Bernardi, Beatrice Benelli, Alberta Contarello, Michele Cortelazzo, Francesca Gambarotto, Arjuna Tuzzi and Flavia Ursini.

Scientific Board:

contarello Alberta Contarello Full Professor in Social Psychology – University of Padua university website
 cortelazzo-150x150 Michele A. Cortelazzo (Padua 1952) is Full Professor of Italian Linguistics and Director of the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies of the University of Padua. His research focuses on modern Italian and Italian for special purposes (medical, scientific and – in particular – political and institutional and administrative Italian). Over the last years, in the light of the results of his research, he has promoted clear and effective writing policies in the public administration. university website personal website list of publications
 degli_esposti-150x150 Mirko Degli Esposti is Full Professor in Mathematical Physics and Director of Department of Mathematics of Alma Mater, University of Bologna. His main interest concern classical and quantum theory, dynamic and chaotic system. Recently he also focuses on mathematical methods for the analysis of textual data, on algorithms for authorship attribution and more broadly of dynamics of information on non-structured data. university website list of publications
 gambarotto2-150x150 Francesca Gambarotto Degree in Political Sciences in 1987, Maîtrise en Sciences Economiques at the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve in 1990. Associate Professor in Applied Economics since 2005. She has thought Political  Economy, Regional Economics, Economics of Innovation. She has coordinated and participated to national and European research projects on different topics concerning: the relationships of regional development and Institutions, the firms’ decisional processes for innovation. At the present time she is engaged in two research projects investigating the organizational behaviour of firms facing the globalization process and the evolution of the software industry in Europe. personal website list of publications
 Ondelli_0764 (150x149) Stefano Ondelli (Imola, 1971) is assistant professor in Italian at the Scuola Superiore di Lingue Moderne per Interpreti e Traduttori of the University of Trieste. He has a PhD in Romance Studies and teaches Italian. His main research interests concern Italian as a foreign language, the language of interpreters and translators, legal and bureaucratic Italian, the language used in European institutions, the language of the press and issues related to non-fiction writing. university website list of publications
 ??????????????????????????????? Arjuna Tuzzi (Cormons, 1970) is Associate professor of Social Statistics at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology – University of Padova. Ph.D. in Applied Statistics for Economics and Social Sciences, she teaches Social research methodology and Social Statistics for undergraduates and graduates in Communication Studies (Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree) and Ph.D. students in Social sciences. Her main research interests concern: statistical analysis of textual data (content analysis, quantitative linguistics, text mining, text clustering, authorship attribution, chronological corpora), data collecting tools for social survey (question wording, survey design, non-sampling errors), statistical methods in evaluation, electoral data and political-institutional communication.  Since 2014 she is President of IQLA. university website personal website

Research group:

 andreatta-150x150 Claudia Andreatta Claudia Andreatta (Mestre, 1984), Ph.D in Social Science at University of Padua. Her main interest are linked to Childhood Studies. During her Master degree on Communication Science, with a study on “November 20th. A content analysis on the role of media to promote the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, she approached to quantitative methods for content analysis. Besides, she is also interested on data collecting tools for social survey.
 cammozzo Alberto Cammozzo works as a freelance IT professional, especially designing systems architecture, networks and security. He uses, studies and teaches Free/Open Source software. He has been for a long time an employee of the University of Padova. He holds a MA in Political Science, and his research interests are centered on the term “code”. Computer codes, genetic codes, communication and semiotic codes, organizational codes and the way they regulate. In one sentence: regulation of systems and systems of regulation. website list of publications
 cemin-150x150 Marisa Cemin Statistics and textual data elaboration expert – Psychologist – Research Associate
 cottone2-150x150 Paolo Cottone is assistant professor at the department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education & Applied Psychology of University of Padua. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Personality, has worked, and now directs the activities of the laboratory Interaction and Culture. Teaches courses in Social Psychology and Intercultural Psychology and is a member of the Doctoral Committee of the Ph.D. School in Social Sciences (Interactions, Communication and Cultural Constructions) at the University of Padua. Research interests are mostly in the field of Cultural Psychology and are focused on cooperation and communication, as social processes, with a special attention on new media and intercultural aspects. website
 dibenedetto - 150x150 Chiara di Benedetto Ph.D in Romance Studies – University of Padua
 nadalutti Paolo Nadalutti Paolo Nadalutti (Cormons, 1982), M.Sc. in Demographics and Social Statistics, is a data scientist currently working for a private company. He supports the GIAT by developing ad hoc statistical analysis for content analysis and text mining, building R packages for text analysis, defining statistical models for text content exploratory analysis and classification. website
 Righele-150x150 Manuel Righele Communication expert – Research Associate
Vale Valentina Rizzoli (Bologna, 1989), Ph.D. Student in Social Sciences, graduated in Social, Communication and Work Psychology  – University of Padua.
2a4f560 Stefano Sbalchiero (Malo, 1979), Ph.D. in Sociology, is a researcher fellow, University of Padua. His research interests are mainly focused on methodology and epistemology of social research, qualitative and quantitative methods, statistical analysis of textual data. From a methodological viewpoint, in the last few years he has been dealing with text mining and topic modeling using different software and approaches for the analysis of textual data (Iramuteq and Reinert’s method, Taltac2, R-software, LDA – Latent Dirichlet Allocation, STM – Structural Topic Modeling).
 trevisani-150x150 Matilde Trevisani is assistant professor of Statistics at the Department of Economics Business Mathematics and Statistics (DEAMS) of the University of Trieste. Ph.D. in Statistics, she currently teaches Statistics and Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining in Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree programs at the DEAMS and the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste; she teaches Hierarchical Bayesian Models for the PhD School in Statistical Sciences at the Department of Statistics of the University of Padua. Her main research interests concern methodological developments and applications of Hierarchical Bayesian Models (models for small area estimation, for spatial data, for environmental risk assessment), multivariate techniques (concept maps; cluster analysis, hierarchical factorial analysis for territorial data), and more recently textual data analysis (functional data analysis, model-based clustering for chronological corpora). university website list of publications
 viale-150x150 Matteo Viale (Monselice, 1976) has a 5-year degree in Communication Studies (2001) and a PhD in Romance Studies (2007). Since 2012 he is assistant professor in Italian Linguistics (L-FIL-LET/12) at the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies of the University of Bologna. He teaches Italian Linguistics and Teaching of Italian. His main research interests concern Italian Linguistics, in particular the history of non-literary language, Italian grammar (in terms of both its systemic description and pedagogical aspects), lexicography and writing for professional purposes. In addition to academic activities, he is teaching courses dealing with written Italian and communication addressing the staff of numerous Italian state-run agencies and organisations. university website personal website list of publications


Ciao Lorenzo…

Una pagina in onore del Prof. Lorenzo Bernardi (1943-2014).



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