Desmond Elliott

Ph.D Student
Institute for Language, Cognition, and Computation
School of Informatics
The University of Edinburgh


I am a final year Ph.D student working on structured representations of images that co-occur with text for language generation and object detection. My supervisors are Frank Keller and Victor Lavrenko.

Next: ABCDE Postdoctoral Fellow at CWI.

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D. Elliott. 2014. A Structured Representation of Images for Language Generation and Image Retrieval. Ph.D Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

D. Elliott. 2014. Towards Succinct and Relevant Image Descriptions. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Vision and Language 2014 (VL '14) at the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING '14), Dublin, Ireland.

D. Elliott, V. Lavrenko, and F. Keller. 2014. Query-by-Example Image Retrieval using Visual Dependency Representations. In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING '14), Dublin, Ireland. [data] [code]

D. Eliott and F. Keller. 2014. Comparing Automatic Evaluation Measures for Image Description. In Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL '14), Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. [data]


D. Elliott and F. Keller. 2013. Image Description using Visual Dependency Representations. In Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP '13), Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. [data] [code]


D. Elliott and L. Azzopardi. 2012. Practical Considerations when Filtering Documents. In Proceedings of the Fourth Information Interaction in Context Symposium (IIiX '12), Nijmegen, Netherlands.


D. Elliott and F. Keller. 2011. A Treebank of Visual and Linguistic Data. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Integrating Language and Vision at Neural Information Processing Systems 2011 (NIPS 25), Granada, Spain.Best Poster Award.


D. Elliott, R. Glassey, T. Polajnar, and L. Azzopardi. 2010. Finding and Filtering Information for Children. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (SIGIR '10), Geneva, Switzerland.


D. Elliott and J. M. Jose. 2009. A Proactive Personalised Retrieval System. In Proceedings of the ACM Eighteenth Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM '09), Hong Kong, China.

Invited Talks

Finding and Describing Images using Visual Dependency Representations

l'École Normale Superiéure. March 2015.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. March 2015.
Universiteit van Amsterdam. December 2014.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. November 2014.


Spring 2012: Tutor and Marker for System Design Project.
Autumn 2011: Tutor and Marker for Computation and Logic.


Co-organiser of EACL Student Research Workshop '14
Student volunteer at EMNLP '11 and ICML '12.
Reviewer for WVL '13, LV '13, and EMNLP '13, AAAI '14, and VL'14.
Student Board of EACL 2013-