Jason Weston

Research Scientist

I am a research scientist at Facebook, NY, as of Feb 2014. I earned my PhD in machine learning at Royal Holloway, University of London and at AT&T Research in Red Bank, NJ (advisors: Alex Gammerman, Volodya Vovk and Vladimir Vapnik) in 2000. From 2000 to 2002, I was a researcher at Biowulf technologies, New York. From 2002 to 2003 I was a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany. From 2003 to 2009 I was a research staff member at NEC Labs America, Princeton. From 2009 to 2014 I was a research scientist at Google, NY. I have authored papers in the areas of machine learning, NLP, speech, vision and bioinformatics, including best paper awards at ICML and ECML. At Google, I was part of the YouTube team that won a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Award for Technology and Engineering for Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery.


Machine learning algorithms and applications to language understanding

Latest Publications

ACL-IJCNLP - August 2, 2021

Dialogue in the Wild: Learning from a Deployed Role-Playing Game with Humans and Bots

Kurt Shuster, Jack Urbanek, Emily Dinan, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston

ICML - July 17, 2021

Not All Memories are Created Equal: Learning to Forget by Expiring

Sainbayar Sukhbaatar, Spencer Poff, Stephen Roller, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston, Angela Fan

arXiv - October 22, 2020

Recipes for Safety in Open-domain Chatbots

Jing Xu, Da Ju, Margaret Li, Y-Lan Boureau, Jason Weston, Emily Dinan

ACL - June 22, 2020

Don’t Say That! Making Inconsistent Dialogue Unlikely with Unlikelihood Training

Margaret Li, Stephen Roller, Ilia Kulikov, Sean Welleck, Y-Lan Boureau, Kyunghyun Cho, Jason Weston

ACL - June 19, 2020

Can You Put it All Together: Evaluating Conversational Agents’ Ability to Blend Skills

Eric Michael Smith, Mary Williamson, Kurt Shuster, Jason Weston, Y-Lan Boureau

ACL - June 19, 2020

The Dialogue Dodecathlon: Open-Domain Knowledge and Image Grounded Conversational Agents

Kurt Shuster, Da Ju, Stephen Roller, Emily Dinan, Y-Lan Boureau, Jason Weston

ACL - June 19, 2020

Image-Chat: Engaging Grounded Conversations

Kurt Shuster, Samuel Humeau, Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston

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 27, 2020

Poly-encoders: Transformer Architectures and Pre-training Strategies for Fast and Accurate Multi-sentence Scoring

Samuel Humeau, Kurt Shuster, Marie-Anne Lachaux, Jason Weston

The Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning - December 12, 2019

The Second Conversational Intelligence Challenge (ConvAI2)

Emily Dinan, Varvara Logacheva, Valentin Malykh, Alexander Miller, Kurt Shuster, Jack Urbanek, Douwe Kiela, Arthur Szlam, Iulian Serban, Ryan Lowe, Shrimai Prabhumoye, Alan W. Black, Alexander Rudnicky, Jason Williams, Joelle Pineau, Jason Weston

EMNLP - November 5, 2019

Recommendation as a Communication Game: Self-Supervised Bot-Play for Goal-oriented Dialogue

Dongyeop Kang, Anusha Balakrishnan, Pararth Shah, Paul A. Crook, Y-Lan Boureau, Jason Weston

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 2, 2019

Build it Break it Fix it for Dialogue Safety: Robustness from Adversarial Human Attack

Emily Dinan, Samuel Humeau, Bharath Chintagunta, Jason Weston

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

NAACL - July 28, 2019

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

Abigail See, Stephen Roller, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston

ACL - July 28, 2019

ELI5: Long Form Question Answering

Angela Fan, Yacine Jernite, Ethan Perez, David Grangier, Jason Weston, Michael Auli

ACL - July 27, 2019

Learning from Dialogue after Deployment: Feed Yourself, Chatbot!

Braden Hancock, Antoine Bordes, Pierre-Emmanuel Mazaré, 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

CVPR - June 4, 2019

Engaging Image Captioning via Personality

Kurt Shuster, Samuel Humeau, Hexiang Hu, Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston

EMNLP 2018 - November 2, 2018

Jump to better conclusions: SCAN both left and right

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

SCAI Workshop at EMNLP 2018 - October 31, 2018

Retrieve and Refine: Improved Sequence Generation Models For Dialogue

Jason Weston, Emily Dinan, Alexander H. Miller

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

ICLR 2018 - April 30, 2018

Emergent Translation in Multi-Agent Communication

Jason Lee, Kyunghyun Cho, Jason Weston, 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

AAAI 2018 - February 2, 2018

StarSpace: Embed All The Things!

Ledell Wu, Adam Fisch, Sumit Chopra, Keith Adams, Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston

EMNLP 2017 - September 9, 2017

ParlAI: A Dialog Research Software Platform

Alexander H. Miller, Will Feng, Adam Fisch, Jiasen Lu, Dhruv Batra, Antoine Bordes, Devi Parikh, Jason Weston

ACL 2017 - July 30, 2017

Reading Wikipedia to Answer Open-Domain Questions

Danqi Chen, Adam Fisch, Jason Weston, Antoine Bordes

ICLR 2017 - April 24, 2017

Learning End-to-End Goal-Oriented Dialog

Antoine Bordes, Y-Lan Boureau, Jason Weston

ICLR 2017 - April 24, 2017

Dialogue Learning with Human-in-the-Loop

Jiwei Li, Alexander Miller, Sumit Chopra, Marc'Aurelio Ranzato, Jason Weston

ICLR 2017 - April 24, 2017

Learning through Dialogue Interactions by Asking Questions

Jiwei Li, Alexander Miller, Sumit Chopra, Marc'Aurelio Ranzato, Jason Weston

ICLR 2017 - April 24, 2017

Tracking the World State with Recurrent Entity Networks

Mikael Henaff, Jason Weston, Arthur Szlam, Antoine Bordes, Yann LeCun

EMNLP - June 8, 2016

Key-Value Memory Networks for Directly Reading Documents

Alexander Miller, Adam Fisch, Jesse Dodge, Amir-Hossein Karimi, Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston

ICLR - April 19, 2016

Evaluating Prerequisite Qualities for Learning End-to-end Dialog Systems

Jesse Dodge, Andreea Gane, Xiang Zhang, Antoine Bordes, Sumit Chopra, Alexander Miller, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston

ICLR - April 1, 2016

The Goldilocks Principle: Reading Children’s Books with Explicit Memory Representations

Felix Hill, Antoine Bordes, Sumit Chopra, Jason Weston

ArXiv - June 22, 2015

Large-Scale Simple Question Answering with Memory Networks

Antoine Bordes, Nicolas Usunier, Sumit Chopra, Jason Weston

NIPS - June 22, 2015

End-To-End Memory Networks

Sainbayar Sukhbaatar, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston, Rob Fergus

EMNLP - September 4, 2014

Question Answering with Subgraph Embeddings

Antoine Bordes, Jason Weston, Sumit Chopra

EMNLP - September 4, 2014

#TagSpace: Semantic Embeddings from Hashtags

Jason Weston, Sumit Chopra, Keith Adams