Alberto Purpura, Ph.D.

Hi, I am Alberto! I am a research scientist at IBM Research in Dublin, Ireland. I am part of the NLP and reasoning in healthcare team to work on exciting research solutions with applications in Healthcare and Life Sciences!

In my remaining free time I also enjoy developing mobile apps :)


  • Information Retrieval
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Opinion Mining


University of Padua
2018 - 2022
Ph.D. Information Retrieval
University of Padua
2015 - 2018
M.Sc. Computer Engineering
graduated with honors
University of Padua
2012 - 2015
B.Sc. Information Engineering


Recent Publications

See my google scholar for a complete list
Accelerating the Discovery of Semantic Associations from Medical Literature: Mining Relations Between Diseases and Symptoms, 2022, Proc. of EMNLP 2022
Alberto Purpura , Francesca Bonin , Joao Bettencourt-Silva
Learning to Rank from Relevance Judgments Distributions (discussion paper), 2022, Proc. of IIR 2022
Alberto Purpura , Gianmaria Silvello , Gian Antonio Susto
Identifying Faked Responses in Questionnaires with Self-Attention-Based Autoencoders, 2022, Informatics
Alberto Purpura , Giuseppe Sartori , Dora Giorgianni , Graziella Orru' , Gian Antonio Susto
Learning to Rank from Relevance Judgments Distributions, 2022, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Alberto Purpura , Gianmaria Silvello , Gian Antonio Susto
A Bayesian Neural Model for Documents’ Relevance Estimation, 2021, Proc. of DESIRES 2021
Alberto Purpura , Gian Antonio Susto
Measuring Gender Stereotype Reinforcement in Information Retrieval Systems, 2021, Proc. of IIR 2021
Alberto Purpura , Alessandro Fabris , Gianmaria Silvello , Gian Antonio Susto
The actorness of the President of the Republic in Italian foreign policy: a quantitative narrative analysis of two case studies (1999–2013), 2021, Quality & Quantity
Mauro Tebaldi , Marco Calaresu , Alberto Purpura
Neural Feature Selection for Learning to Rank, 2021, Proc. of ECIR 2021
Alberto Purpura , Karolina Buchner , Gianmaria Silvello , Gian Antonio Susto