Elias Stengel-Eskin

Elias Stengel-Eskin

PhD Student

Johns Hopkins University


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Language and Speech Processing supervised by Benjamin Van Durme, where I am generously supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. My work focuses mostly on transforming text into representations of its meaning, often with a general aim of communicating with agents (both digital and human). Most recently, I have been working on multimodal grounding and human-robot interaction, as well as semantic parsing for Universal Decompositional Semantics. Before starting my Ph.D., I received my B.A.&Sc. with First Class Honours in Cognitive Science from McGill University, focusing in computer science and linguistics. While at McGill, I worked as a research assistant at the Montreal Language Modeling Lab (MLML), now MCQLL. I wrote my honours thesis (supervised by Timothy O’Donnell) on a variational inference algorithm for a model of language acquisition.


  • Semantic Parsing
  • Multimodal Grounding
  • Compositionality
  • Vagueness


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2018-present

    Johns Hopkins University

  • MSE in Computer Science, 2018-2021

    Johns Hopkins University

  • BA&Sc in Cognitive Science (Honours), 2014-2018

    McGill University

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