Douwe Kiela

Research Scientist

I have been a research scientist at Facebook AI Research (FAIR) since 2016. Previously, I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, with a thesis on grounding natural language semantics in perceptual modalities. As an undergraduate, I studied philosophy and cognitive artificial intelligence. I also have a master’s degree in logic and an MPhil in advanced computer science. My primary research interests lie in natural language semantics and improving language understanding by taking advantage of additional resources.


Natural language processing, semantics, grounding, computer vision, deep learning and artificial general intelligence

Latest Publications

ICLR - May 3, 2021

Answering Complex Open-Domain Questions with Multi-Hop Dense Retrieval

Wenhan Xiong, Xiang Lorraine Li, Srinivasan Iyer, Jingfei Du, Patrick Lewis, William Wang, Yashar Mehdad, Wen-tau Yih, Sebastian Riedel, Douwe Kiela, Barlas Oğuz

NeurIPS - December 6, 2020

Retrieval-Augmented Generation for Knowledge-Intensive NLP Tasks

Aleksandra Piktus, Fabio Petroni, Vladimir Karpukhin, Naman Goyal, Heinrich Küttler, Mike Lewis, Wen-tau Yih, Tim Rocktäschel, Sebastian Riedel, Douwe Kiela

NeurIPS - December 6, 2020

Learning Optimal Representations with the Decodable Information Bottleneck

Yann Dubois, Douwe Kiela, David J. Schwab, Ramakrishna Vedantam

ACL - June 5, 2020

Adversarial NLI: A New Benchmark for Natural Language Understanding

Yixin Nie, Adina Williams, Emily Dinan, Mohit Bansal, Jason Weston, Douwe Kiela

ICLR - April 26, 2020

On the interaction between supervision and self-play in emergent communication

Ryan Lowe, Abhinav Gupta, Jakob Foerster, Douwe Kiela, Joelle Pineau

NeurIPS - December 8, 2019

Hyperbolic Graph Neural Networks

Qi Liu, Maximilian Nickel, Douwe Kiela

EMNLP - November 4, 2019

Finding Generalizable Evidence by Learning to Convince Q&A Models

Ethan Perez, Siddharth Karamcheti, Rob Fergus, Jason Weston, Douwe Kiela, Kyunghyun Cho

EMNLP - November 4, 2019

Countering Language Drift via Visual Grounding

Jason Lee, Kyunghyun Cho, Douwe Kiela

EMNLP - November 4, 2019

Emergent Linguistic Phenomena in Multi-Agent Communication Games

Laura Graesser, Kyunghyun Cho, Douwe Kiela

EMNLP - November 1, 2019

Learning to Speak and Act in a Fantasy Text Adventure Game

Jack Urbanek, Angela Fan, Siddharth Karamcheti, Saachi Jain, Samuel Humeau, Emily Dinan, Tim Rocktäschel, Douwe Kiela, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston

ACL - July 28, 2019

Inferring Concept Hierarchies from Text Corpora via Hyperbolic Embeddings

Matt Le, Stephen Roller, Laetitia Papaxanthos, Douwe Kiela, Maximilian Nickel

NAACL - July 28, 2019

What makes a good conversation? How controllable attributes affect human judgments

Abigail See, Stephen Roller, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston

arXiv - July 18, 2019

Why Build an Assistant in Minecraft?

Arthur Szlam, Jonathan Gray, Kavya Srinet, Yacine Jernite, Armand Joulin, Gabriel Synnaeve, Douwe Kiela, Haonan Yu, Zhuoyuan Chen, Siddharth Goyal, Demi Guo, Danielle Rothermel, Larry Zitnick, Jason Weston

EMNLP 2018 - November 2, 2018

Dynamic Meta-Embeddings for Improved Sentence Representations

Douwe Kiela, Changhan Wang, Kyunghyun Cho

EMNLP 2018 - November 2, 2018

Jump to better conclusions: SCAN both left and right

Joost Bastings, Marco Baroni, Jason Weston, Kyunghyun Cho, Douwe Kiela

ACL 2018 - July 16, 2018

Hearst Patterns Revisited: Automatic Hypernym Detection from Large Text Corpora

Stephen Roller, Douwe Kiela, Maximilian Nickel

ACL 2018 - July 15, 2018

Personalizing Dialogue Agents: I have a dog, do you have pets too?

Saizheng Zhang, Emily Dinan, Jack Urbanek, Arthur Szlam, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston

ACL CALCS Workshop 2018 - July 13, 2018

Code-Switched Named Entity Recognition with Embedding Attention

Changhan Wang, Kyunghyun Cho, Douwe Kiela

ICML 2018 - July 10, 2018

Learning Continuous Hierarchies in the Lorentz Model of Hyperbolic Geometry

Maximilian Nickel, Douwe Kiela

ICLR 2018 - April 30, 2018

Mastering the Dungeon: Grounded Language Learning by Mechanical Turker Descent

Zhilin Yang, Saizheng Zhang, Jack Urbanek, Will Feng, Alexander H. Miller, Arthur Szlam, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston

ICLR 2018 - April 30, 2018

Emergent Communication in a Multi-Modal, Multi-Step Referential Game

Katrina Evtimova, Andrew Drozdov, Douwe Kiela, Kyunghyun Cho

ICLR 2018 - April 30, 2018

Emergent Translation in Multi-Agent Communication

Jason Lee, Kyunghyun Cho, Jason Weston, Douwe Kiela

AAAI 2018 - February 2, 2018

Efficient Large-Scale Multi-Modal Classification

Douwe Kiela, Edouard Grave, Armand Joulin, Tomas Mikolov

NIPS 2017 - December 4, 2017

Poincaré Embeddings for Learning Hierarchical Representations

Maximilian Nickel, Douwe Kiela

EMNLP 2017 - September 7, 2017

Supervised Learning of Universal Sentence Representations from Natural Language Inference Data

Alexis Conneau, Douwe Kiela, Holger Schwenk, LoÏc Barrault, Antoine Bordes

EMNLP 2017 - September 7, 2017

Grasping the Finer Point: A Supervised Similarity Network for Metaphor Detection

Marek Rei, Luana Bulat, Douwe Kiela, Ekaterina Shutova

ACL 2017 - July 30, 2017

Automatically Generating Rhythmic Verse with Neural Networks

Jack Hopkins, Douwe Kiela