Emily Allaway

I am a third year PhD student at Columbia University, working with Prof. Kathy McKeown. I am interested in Natural Language Processing and have been working on projects broadly related to relation extraction, stance detection, and semantics (e.g., connotations).

Before coming to Columbia, I was an undergraduate researcher at the University of Washington with Prof. Yejin Choi, working on commonsense knowledge. I majored in computer science and mathematics, with a minor in Ancient Greek.

I co-orgnaize the NLP seminar at Columbia with Fei-Tzin Lee.

Contact: eallaway@cs.columbia.edu


  • GAIA at SM-KBP2019 - A Multi-media Multi-lingual Knowledge Extraction and Hypothesis Gen- eration System
    Manling Li, Ying Lin, Ananya Subburathinam, Spencer Whitehead, Xiaoman Pan,Di Lu1, Qingyun Wang, Tongtao Zhang, Lifu Huang, Heng Ji, Alireza Zareian, Hassan Ak- bari, Brian Chen, Bo Wu, Emily Allaway, Shih-Fu Chang, Kathleen McKeown, Yixiang Yao, Jennifer Chen, Eric Berquist, Kexuan Sun, Xujun Peng, Ryan Gabbard, Marjorie Freedman, Pedro Szekely, T.K. Satish Kumar, Arka Sadhu, Ram Nevatia, Miguel Rodriguez, Yifan Wang, Yang Bai, Ali Sadeghian, Daisy Zhe Wang.
    TAC 2019.
  • ATOMIC: An Atlas of Machine Commonsense for If-Then Reasoning
    Maarten Sap, Ronan LeBras, Emily Allaway, Chandra Bhagavatula, Nicholas Lourie, Hannah Rashkin, Brendan Roof, Noah A Smith, and Yejin Choi.
    AAAI 2019.
    [pdf] [Project Page]
  • GAIA - A Multi-media Multi-lingual Knowledge Extraction and Hypothesis Generation System
    Tongtao Zhang, Ananya Subburathinam, Ge Shi, Lifu Huang, Di Lu, Xiaoman Pan, Manling Li, Boliang Zhang, Qingyun Wang, Spencer Whitehead, Heng JiAlireza Zareian, Hassan Akbari, Brian Chen, Ruiqi Zhong, Steven Shao, Emily Allaway, Shih-Fu Chang, Kathleen McKeown, Dongyu Li, Xin Huang, Kexuan Sun, Xujun Peng, Ryan Gabbard, Marjorie Freedman, Mayank Kejriwal, Ram Nevatia, Pedro Szekely, T.K. Satish Kumar, Ali Sadeghian, Giacomo Bergami, Sourav Dutta, Miguel Rodriguez, Daisy Zhe Wang.
    In TAC 2018.
  • Event2Mind: Commonsense Inference on Events, Intents, and Reactions
    Hannah Rashkin, Maarten Sap, Emily Allaway, Noah A. Smith and Yejin Choi
    ACL 2018.
    [pdf] [Project Page]


  • Teaching Assistant: COMS 4705 - Introduction to Natural Language Processing
    Columbia University (Fall 2019)
  • Teaching Assistant Student Coordinator: CSE 14X - Computer Programming I and II
    University of Washington (Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant: CSE 142 - Computer Programming I
    University of Washington (Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)


As an undergraduate student, I had wonderful graduate students as mentors and collaborators (Hannah Rashkin, Maarten Sap) and I am happy to work with dedicated undergraduate and masters students. Currently, I work with the following students:

  • Malavika Srikanth (Jan. 2020 - Present)
  • Amith Ananthram (Jan. 2020 - Present)
  • Sahil Jayaram (Sept. 2020 - Present)

Past students:

  • Yuncong Yang (Jan. 2020 - May 2020)


In my spare time I like to travel, play music, and have recently started ballroom dancing.