Dr. Giulio Napolitano


Senior Researcher
Knowledge Discovery Department

Profiles: LinkedIn, Google Scholar, DBLP

Room B3-236
Schloss Birlinghoven, 53757 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Short CV

Dr. Giulio Napolitano is a senior researcher and competence area leader (QA and Dialogue Systems) at the “Enterprise Information Systems” department at Fraunhofer IAIS, as well as Question Answering team leader at UniBonn Smart Data Analytics group. He is currently leading or involved in various research projects funded by the industry, by national bodies and the EU. Prior to joining Fraunhofer, he was a senior scientist at Bonn University Clinic and a researcher and senior IM&T Officer at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. While there, he was awarded the 2014 Excellence in Innovation Award and the 2008 Innovation in Oncology Award. Previously, he had gained software engineering experience with Siemens Medical Solutions in Rome. His current research interests include semantic technologies, question answering, natural language processing and analysis and machine learning. More broadly, his research interests span from philosophy of science and epistemology to mathematical modelling for medicine, medical informatics and epidemiology. Among other things, he studied Philosophy, Physics and Astrophysics, Bioinformatics and Applied Mathematics.

Research Interests

  • Big Data
  • Medical and Biomedical Informatics
  • Machine Learning
  • Information extraction
  • Knowledge Representation



Graux, Damien; Sejdiu, Gezim; Stadler, Claus; Napolitano, Giulio; Lehmann, Jens

MINDS: A Translator to Embed Mathematical Expressions Inside SPARQL Queries Proceedings Article

In: Semantic Systems. In the Era of Knowledge Graphs - 16th International Conference on Semantic Systems, SEMANTiCS 2020, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 7-10, 2020, Proceedings, pp. 104–117, Springer, 2020.

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Khiat, Abderrahmane; Elias, Mirette; Foldenauer, Ann Christina; Köhm, Michaela; Blumenstein, Irina; Napolitano, Giulio

Towards an Ontology Representing Characteristics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Proceedings Article

In: iiWAS '20: The 22nd International Conference on Information Integration and Web-based Applications & Services, Virtual Event / Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 30 - December 2, 2020, pp. 216–222, ACM, 2020.

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Napolitano, Giulio; Usbeck, Ricardo; Ngomo, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga

The Scalable Question Answering Over Linked Data (SQA) Challenge 2018 Proceedings Article

In: Semantic Web Challenges - 5th SemWebEval Challenge at ESWC 2018, Heraklion, Greece, June 3-7, 2018, Revised Selected Papers, pp. 69–75, Springer, 2018.

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Zafar, Hamid; Napolitano, Giulio; Lehmann, Jens

Formal Query Generation for Question Answering over Knowledge Bases Proceedings Article

In: The Semantic Web - 15th International Conference, ESWC 2018, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 3-7, 2018, Proceedings, pp. 714–728, Springer, 2018.

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Zafar, Hamid; Napolitano, Giulio; Lehmann, Jens

Deep Query Ranking for Question Answering over Knowledge Bases Proceedings Article

In: Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery in Databases - European Conference, ECML PKDD 2018, Dublin, Ireland, September 10-14, 2018, Proceedings, Part III, pp. 635–638, Springer, 2018.

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Haarmann, Bastian; Martens, Claudio; Petzka, Henning; Napolitano, Giulio

A Mighty Dataset for Stress-Testing Question Answering Systems Proceedings Article

In: 12th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, ICSC 2018, Laguna Hills, CA, USA, January 31 - February 2, 2018, pp. 278–281, IEEE Computer Society, 2018.

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Usbeck, Ricardo; Ngomo, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga; Conrads, Felix; Röder, Michael; Napolitano, Giulio

8th Challenge on Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD-8) (invited paper) Proceedings Article

In: Joint proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Semantic Deep Learning (SemDeep-4) and NLIWoD4: Natural Language Interfaces for the Web of Data (NLIWOD-4) and 9th Question Answering over Linked Data challenge (QALD-9) co-located with 17th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2018), Monterey, California, United States of America, October 8th - 9th, 2018, pp. 51–57, CEUR-WS.org, 2018.

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Muenster, Eva; Rueger, Heiko; Spahn, Daniel; Ochsmann, Elke; Napolitano, Giulio; Zier, Ulrike

Acquiring a Taste: Alcohol Experiences of German Elementary School Children Journal Article

In: Journal of Child and Family Studies, pp. 1–9, 2017.

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Napolitano, Giulio; Stingl, Julia C.; Schmid, Matthias; Viviani, Roberto

Predicting CYP2D6 phenotype from resting brain perfusion images by gradient boosting Journal Article

In: Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, vol. 259, pp. 16–24, 2017.

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Renzi, Barbara Gabriella; Napolitano, Giulio

The Biological Metaphors of Scientific Change Book Chapter

In: The Kuhnian Image of science: time for a decisive transformation?, Rowman Littlefield International, London, 2017.


Usbeck, Ricardo; Ngomo, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga; Haarmann, Bastian; Krithara, Anastasia; Röder, Michael; Napolitano, Giulio

7th Open Challenge on Question Answering over Linked Data (QALD-7) Proceedings Article

In: Semantic Web Challenges - 4th SemWebEval Challenge at ESWC 2017, Portoroz, Slovenia, May 28 - June 1, 2017, Revised Selected Papers, pp. 59–69, Springer, 2017.

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Esteves, Diego; Peres, Rafael; Lehmann, Jens; Napolitano, Giulio

Named Entity Recognition in Twitter Using Images and Text Proceedings Article

In: Current Trends in Web Engineering - ICWE 2017 International Workshops, Liquid Multi-Device Software and EnWoT, practi-O-web, NLPIT, SoWeMine, Rome, Italy, June 5-8, 2017, Revised Selected Papers, pp. 191–199, Springer, 2017.

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Barkemeyer, Ralf; Dessai, Suraje; Monge-Sanz, Beatriz; Gabriella, Barbara Renzi; Napolitano, Giulio

Linguistic analysis of IPCC summaries for policymakers and associated coverage Journal Article

In: Nature Climate Change, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 311–316, 2016.

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Renzi, Barbara Gabriella; Cotton, Matthew; Napolitano, Giulio; Barkemeyer, Ralf

Rebirth, devastation and sickness: analyzing the role of metaphor in media discourses of nuclear power Journal Article

In: Environmental Communication, pp. 1–17, 2016.

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Napolitano, Giulio; Marshall, Adele H.; Hamilton, Peter; Gavin, Anna T.

Machine learning classification of surgical pathology reports and chunk recognition for information extraction noise reduction Journal Article

In: Artif. Intell. Medicine, vol. 70, pp. 77–83, 2016.

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Barkemeyer, Ralf; Gibson, Andrew; Napolitano, Giulio

NGO-Business Relationships over Time: Marginalizing Radical Voices? Proceedings Article

In: Academy of Management Proceedings, pp. 15344, Academy of Management 2015.

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Vanschoren, Joaquin; Bischl, Bernd; Hutter, Frank; Sebag, Michele; Kegl, Balazs; Schmid, Matthias; Napolitano, Giulio; Wolstencroft, Katy; Williams, Alan R.; Lawrence, Neil

Towards a data science collaboratory Journal Article

In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (IDA 2015), vol. 9385, 2015.


Vukicevic, Milan; Radovanovic, Sandro; Vanschoren, Joaquin; Napolitano, Giulio; Delibasic, Boris

Towards a Collaborative Platform for Advanced Meta-Learning in Healthcare Predictive Analytics Proceedings Article

In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Workshop on Meta-Learning and Algorithm Selection co-located with European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases 2015 (ECMLPKDD 2015), Porto, Portugal, September 7th, 2015, pp. 112–114, CEUR-WS.org, 2015.

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Barkemeyer, Ralf; Comyns, Breeda; Figge, Frank; Napolitano, Giulio

CEO statements in sustainability reports: Substantive information or background noise? Proceedings Article

In: Accounting Forum, pp. 241–257, Elsevier 2014.

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Napolitano, Giulio; Ervik, Morten; de Sabata, Maria Stella; Ranaghan, Elizabeth; Brierley, James; Gavin, Anna T.

Canstaging: The Online Tool Facilitating The International Availability, Standardisation And Comparison Of Cancer Staging Journal Article

In: Asia-pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 10, pp. 176, 2014.


Napolitano, Giulio

Ontology-based information extraction from pathology reports for cancer registration PhD Thesis

Queen's University Belfast, 2014.



Ahmad, Jawad; Loughrey, Maurice B.; Donnelly, David; Ranaghan, Lisa; Shah, Rajeev; Napolitano, Giulio; Kennedy, Andrew J.

Prognostic value of added stratification of circumferential resection margin status in oesophageal carcinoma Journal Article

In: Histopathology, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 752–763, 2013.

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Renzi, Barbara Gabriella; Napolitano, Giulio

Evolutionary Analogies: Is the Process of Scientific Change Analogous to the Organic Change? Book

Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011.


Napolitano, Giulio; Ranaghan, Elizabeth; Middleton, Richard; Fox, Colin; Gavin, Anna T.

Real-time multidisciplinary team meeting management systems. A comparison with paper records for staging completeness and waiting times Journal Article

In: Behav. Inf. Technol., vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 473–477, 2011.

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Barkemeyer, Ralf; Holt, Diane; Figge, Frank; Napolitano, Giulio

A longitudinal and contextual analysis of media representation of business ethics Journal Article

In: European Business Review, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 377–396, 2010.

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Bradley, MC; Hughes, CM; Cantwell, MM; Napolitano, Giulio; Murray, LJ

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pancreatic cancer risk: a nested case--control study Journal Article

In: British journal of cancer, vol. 102, no. 9, pp. 1415, 2010.

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Napolitano, Giulio; Fox, Colin; Middleton, Richard; Connolly, David

Pattern-based information extraction from pathology reports for cancer registration Journal Article

In: Cancer Causes & Control, vol. 21, no. 11, pp. 1887–1894, 2010.

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Barkemeyer, Ralf; Napolitano, Giulio

The UN Global Compact: Moving towards a critical mass or a critical state? Proceedings Article

In: Academy of Management Proceedings, pp. 1–6, Academy of Management 2009.

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van Leeuwen, Pim J.; Connolly, David; Napolitano, Giulio; Gavin, Anna; Schröder, Fritz H.; Roobol, Monique J.

Metastasis-free survival in screen and clinical detected prostate cancer: A comparison between the european randomized study of screening for prostate cancer and northern Ireland Journal Article

In: The Journal of Urology, vol. 181, no. 4, 2009.

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van Leeuwen, Pim J.; Connolly, David; Gavin, Anna; Napolitano, Giulio; Kranse, R.; Schröder, Fritz H.

Prostate Cancer Specific Survival in Screen and Clinical Prostate Cancer: a Comparison between the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer and Northern Ireland Journal Article

In: European Urology Supplements, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 193, 2009.

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Napolitano, Giulio; González-Beltrán, Alejandra N.; Fox, Colin; Marshall, Adele H.; Finkelstein, Anthony; McCarron, Peter

Biomedical Ontologies and Grid Computing - As New Resources for Cancer Registries Proceedings Article

In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2009, Porto, Portugal, January 14-17, 2009, pp. 512–517, INSTICC Press, 2009.



Napolitano, Giulio

Ontology-based text mining of pathology reports for cancer patients Journal Article

In: 2008.



Connolly, David; Black, Amanda; Murray, Liam J.; Napolitano, Giulio; Gavin, Anna; Keane, Patrick F.

Methods of calculating prostate-specific antigen velocity Journal Article

In: European urology, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 1044–1051, 2007.

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Connolly, David; Black, Amanda; Napolitano, Guilio; Murray, Liam J.; Gavin, Anna; Keane, Patrick F.


In: European Urology Supplements, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 238, 2006.

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Mole, Damian J.; Fox, Colin; Napolitano, Giulio

Electronic patient data confidentiality practices among surgical trainees: questionnaire study Journal Article

In: The Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 88, no. 6, pp. 550–553, 2006.

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Mole, Damian; Fox, Colin; Napolitano, Giulio

Electronic data protection: procedures need drastic improvement Journal Article

In: BMJ: British Medical Journal, vol. 330, no. 7490, pp. 537, 2005.

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