Computer Laboratory

Douwe Kiela

I'm a PhD student working on the A Unified Model of Compositional and Distributional Semantics: Theory and Applications project under Steve Clark. I did an undergraduate degree at Utrecht University with a double major in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy. After that I went on to get a master's degree in Logic from the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Logic, Language & Computation, with brief stints as a visiting researcher at Stanford's CSLI and NYU's Philosophy and Linguistics departments. Before I started the PhD, I completed the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science here in Cambridge. See my LinkedIn profile for industry-related experience.

How do I pronounce your name?

In Dutch, "ou" is pronounced like in loud and "we" like in were, but you can simply call me Dow if that's easier.

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Publications

2016

  • Visually Grounded and Textual Semantic Models Differentially Decode Brain Activity Associated with Concrete and Abstract Nouns
    A.J. Anderson, D. Kiela, S. Clark and M. Poesio
    Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics (TACL)
    [coming soon]
  • HyperLex: A Large-Scale Evaluation of Graded Lexical Entailment
    I. Vulić, D. Gerz, D. Kiela, F. Hill and A. Korhonen
    arXiv:1608.02117 [cs.CL]
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Comparing Data Sources and Architectures for Deep Visual Representation Learning in Semantics
    D. Kiela, A.L. Verő and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2016, Austin, TX.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • MMFEAT: A Toolkit for Extracting Multi-Modal Features
    D. Kiela
    Proceedings of ACL 2016: System Demonstrations, Berlin, Germany.
    [pdf] [github]
  • Multi-Modal Representations for Improved Bilingual Lexicon Learning
    I. Vulić, D. Kiela, S. Clark and M.F. Moens
    Proceedings of ACL 2016, Berlin, Germany.
    [pdf] [bib]
  • Vision and Feature Norms: Improving automatic feature norm learning through cross-modal maps
    L. Bulat, D. Kiela and S. Clark
    Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2016, San Diego, CA.
    [pdf]
  • Black Holes and White Rabbits: Metaphor Identification with Visual Features (Best Paper Runner up)
    E. Shutova, D. Kiela and J. Maillard
    Proceedings of NAACL-HLT 2016, San Diego, CA.
    [pdf]

2015

  • Multi- and Cross-Modal Semantics Beyond Vision: Grounding in Auditory Perception
    D. Kiela and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Visual Bilingual Lexicon Induction with Transferred ConvNet Features
    D. Kiela, I. Vulić and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Specializing Word Embeddings for Similarity or Relatedness
    D. Kiela, F. Hill and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.
    [pdf] [bib]
  • Grounding Semantics in Olfactory Perception
    D. Kiela, L. Bulat and S. Clark
    Proceedings of ACL 2015, Beijing, China.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Exploiting Image Generality for Lexical Entailment Detection
    D. Kiela, L. Rimell, I. Vulić and S. Clark
    Proceedings of ACL 2015, Beijing, China.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Adaptive communication: Languages with more non-native speakers tend to have fewer word forms.
    C. Bentz, A. Verkerk, D. Kiela, F. Hill and P. Buttery
    PLoS One.
    [pdf]

2014

  • Unsupervised Discovery of Information Structure in Biomedical Documents
    D. Kiela, Y. Guo, U. Stenius and A. Korhonen
    Bioinformatics, Volume 31, Number 7
    [paper] [bib] [data]
  • Learning Image Embeddings using Convolutional Neural Networks for Improved Multi-Modal Semantics
    D. Kiela and L. Bottou
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2014, Doha, Qatar.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • Improving Multi-Modal Representations Using Image Dispersion: Why Less is Sometimes More
    D. Kiela*, F. Hill*, A. Korhonen and S. Clark
    Proceedings of ACL 2014, Baltimore, MA.
    [pdf] [bib] [data]
  • A Systematic Study of Semantic Vector Space Model Parameters
    D. Kiela and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EACL 2014, Second Workshop on Continuous Vector Space Models and their Compositionality (CVSC), Gothenburg, Sweden.
    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zipf's law across languages of the world: Towards a quantitative measure of lexical diversity
    C. Bentz and D. Kiela
    Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EvoLang-10), Vienna, Austria.
    [abstract]
  • Zipf's law and the grammar of languages: A quantitative study of Old and Modern English parallel texts
    C. Bentz, D. Kiela, F. Hill and P. Buttery
    Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, Volume 10, Issue 1. Berlin: de Gruyter
    [pdf] [bib]

2013

  • Detecting Compositionality of Multi-Word Expressions using Nearest Neighbours in Vector Space Models
    D. Kiela and S. Clark
    Proceedings of EMNLP 2013, Seattle, WA
    [pdf] [bib]
  • Concreteness and corpora: A theoretical and practical analysis.
    F. Hill, D. Kiela and A. Korhonen
    Proceedings of ACL 2013, Workshop on Cognitive Modelling and Computational Linguistics, Sofia, Bulgaria (Best student paper award)
    [pdf] [bib]
  • UCAM-CORE: Incorporating structured distributional similarity into STS.
    T. Polajnar, L. Rimell and D. Kiela
    Proceedings of *SEM 2013 (shared task), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • [pdf] [bib]

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University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
William Gates Building, 15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD, UK
douwe.kiela@cl.cam.ac.uk
+44 (0)1223 763612