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Douglas Downey

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Contact

2145 Sheridan Road
Ford Room 3-345
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-3710Email Douglas Downey

Website

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Departments

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliations

Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence

Master of Science in Robotics Program


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Education

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

  • Yuji Mo, Stephen D. Scott, Doug Downey, “Learning hierarchically decomposable concepts with active over-labeling”, Proceedings - 16th IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, ICDM 2016, (2017)
  • Tiantian Zhu, Hongyu Gao, Yi Yang, Kai Bu, Yan Chen, Doug Downey, Kathy Lee, Alok N. Choudhary, “Beating the Artificial Chaos”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, (2016)
  • Doug Downey, Chandra Sekhar Bhagavatula, Yi Yang, “Efficient methods for inferring large sparse topic hierarchies”, ACL-IJCNLP 2015 - 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 7th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing of the Asian Federation of Natural Language Processing, Proceedings of the Conference, (2015)
  • Yi Yang, Doug Downey, Jordan Boyd-Graber, “Efficient methods for incorporating knowledge into topic models”, Conference Proceedings - EMNLP 2015: Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, (2015)
  • Chandra Sekhar Bhagavatula, Thanapon Noraset, Doug Downey, “TabEL”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), (2015)
  • Yang, Yi; Huang, Fei; Ahuja, Arun; Downey, Doug; Guo, Yuhong, “Learning Representations for Weakly Supervised Natural Language Processing Tasks”, Computational Linguistics, (2014)
  • Downey, Doug; Yates, Alexander; Bhagavatula, Chandra Sekhar, “Using natural language to integrate, evaluate, and optimize extracted knowledge bases”, AKBC 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 Workshop on Automated Knowledge Base Construction, Co-located with CIKM 2013, (2013)
  • Downey, Doug; Burke, Raymond V.; Allen, Keith D.; Howard, Monica R.; Matz, Michael G., “Tablet-based video modeling and prompting in the workplace for individuals with autism”, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, (2013)