Jack Urbanek

Jack is a Research Engineer focused on dialogue systems and crowdsourcing tooling. His current primary project is LIGHT, a cross between a dialogue research environment and a playable crowdwork-powered game. Before Facebook, Jack studied both computer science and electrical and computer engineering as an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jack's Publications

April 07, 2020

RESEARCH

COMPUTER VISION

Learning to Speak and Act in a Fantasy Text Adventure Game

We introduce a large-scale crowdsourced text adventure game as a research platform for studying grounded dialogue. In it, agents can perceive, emote, and act whilst conducting dialogue with other agents. Models and humans can both act as…

Jack Urbanek, Angela Fan, Siddharth Karamcheti, Saachi Jain, Samuel Humeau, Emily Dinan, Tim Rocktäschel, Douwe Kiela, Arthur Szlam, Jason Weston,

April 07, 2020

April 07, 2020

RESEARCH

NLP

Personalizing Dialogue Agents: I have a dog, do you have pets too?

Chit-chat models are known to have several problems: they lack specificity, do not display a consistent personality and are often not very captivating. In this work we present the task of making chit-chat more engaging by conditioning on…

Saizheng Zhang, Emily Dinan, Jack Urbanek, Arthur Szlam, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston,

April 07, 2020

April 07, 2020

RESEARCH

COMPUTER VISION

Mastering the Dungeon: Grounded Language Learning by Mechanical Turker Descent

Contrary to most natural language processing research, which makes use of static datasets, humans learn language interactively, grounded in an environment. In this work we propose an interactive learning procedure called Mechanical…

Zhilin Yang, Saizheng Zhang, Jack Urbanek, Will Feng, Alexander H. Miller, Arthur Szlam, Douwe Kiela, Jason Weston,

April 07, 2020