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Douglas Downey

Professor of Computer Science


2233 Tech Drive
Mudd Room 3111
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Computer Science


Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Master of Science in Robotics Program

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Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

M.S. Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

B.S./M.S. Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Research Interests

Downey's research is focused on natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, with a particular interest in the automatic construction of useful knowledge bases from Web text. One goal is to develop techniques and prototypes that extend the state of the art in Web search. Another goal is to theoretically investigate and establish a formal basis for techniques that can learn from unstructured text alone, without hand-labeled data.

More generally, Downey works on ways to utilize human input more effectively in machine learning. Two directions in this effort involve selecting human input carefully (active learning) or utilizing it in concert with unlabeled data (semi-supervised learning).

Selected Publications

  • MacAvaney, Sean; Yates, Andrew; Feldman, Sergey; Downey, Doug; Cohan, Arman; Goharian, Nazli, Simplified Data Wrangling with ir_datasets, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc:2429-2436.
  • Yuan, Zheng; Downey, Doug, Practical Methods for Semi-automated Peer Grading in a Classroom Setting, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc:363-367.
  • King, Daniel; Downey, Doug; Weld, Daniel S., High-Precision Extraction of Emerging Concepts from Scientific Literature, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc:1549-1552.
  • Noraset, Thanapon; Downey, Doug; Bing, Lidong, Estimating marginal probabilities of n-grams for recurrent neural language models, Association for Computational Linguistics:2930-2935.
  • Yang, Yiben; Wang, Ji Ping; Downey, Doug, Using large corpus N-gram statistics to improve recurrent neural language models, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL):3268-3273.
  • Fernandez, Jared; Downey, Douglas C, Sampling informative training data for RNN language models, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL):9-13.
  • Yang, Yiben; Birnbaum, Lawrence A; Wang, Jiping; Downey, Douglas C, Extracting commonsense properties from embeddings with limited human guidance, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL):644-649.
  • Ammar, Waleed; Groeneveld, Dirk; Bhagavatula, Chandra; Beltagy, Iz; Crawford, Miles; Downey, Doug; Dunkelberger, Jason; Elgohary, Ahmed; Feldman, Sergey; Ha, Vu; Kinney, Rodney; Kohlmeier, Sebastian; Lo, Kyle; Murray, Tyler; Ooi, Hsu Han; Peters, Matthew; Power, Joanna; Skjonsberg, Sam; Wang, Lucy Lu; Wilhelm, Chris; Yuan, Zheng; Van Zuylen, Madeleine; Etzioni, Oren, Construction of the literature graph in semantic scholar, Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL):84-91.