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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.



  • Detecting Compositionality of Multi-Word Expressions using Nearest Neighbours in Vector Space Models
    Kiela, D. and Clark, S.
    Proceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-13), Seattle, WA
    [pdf] [bib]
  • Zipf's law and the grammar of languages: A quantitative study of Old and Modern English parallel texts
    Bentz, C., Kiela, D., Hill, F. and Buttery, P.
    Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. (to appear)
  • Concreteness and corpora: A theoretical and practical analysis.
    Hill, F., Kiela, D. and Korhonen, A.
    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.
    Polajnar, T., Rimell, L. and Kiela, D. 2013.
    Proceedings of *SEM 2013 (shared task), Atlanta, Georgia.

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