I am a research scientist at Facebook AI Research (FAIR).

The best way to contact me is email: sidawxyz [at]

Previously, I was an instructor at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. In 2017, I completed a PhD in computer science at Stanford where I worked on machine learning and natural language processing co-advised by Chris Manning and Percy Liang.

Research interests

I am interested in language interfaces that accommodate both the precise computer action space and the informal human thinking. Towards this, we studied learning language games where the system learns a language interactively starting from scratch; and naturalizing a programming language, where the system learns from hierarchical instructions.

More broadly, I’m interested in machine learning and natural language processing. Some of my work is applied: semantic parsing, machine translation, document classification and sentiment analysis. Others are more theoretical: method of moments, regularization/dropout, and MAP inference.

See also: GitHub, Publications, Google Scholar.