We are the Language and Multimodal Processing Group at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen. Our recent work includes representation learning for multilingual and multimodal data, resource creation, and language modelling.


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Research Areas

Pixel Language Models

We are developing language models that can process any written language.

Retrieval Augmentation

Retrieval augmentation of multimodal models for image captioning.

Multilingual Multimodality

Design, understand, and evaluate multimodality in multilingual models

Recent Publications

Understanding Retrieval Robustness for Retrieval-augmented Image Captioning.
Wenyan Li, Jiaang Li, Rita Ramos, Raphael Tang, and Desmond Elliott.
Proceedings of ACL.
Classification of Medical Text in Small and Imbalanced Datasets in a Non-English Language.
Vincent Beliveau, Helene Kaas, Martin Prener, Claes Ladefoged, Desmond Elliott, Gitte M. Knudsen, Lars H. Pinborg, and Melanie Ganz.
Proceedings of MIDL.
Compositional Generalization in Multimodal Models.
Semih Yagcioglu, Osman Batur Ince, Aykut Erdem, Erkut Erdem, Desmond Elliott, and Deniz Yuret.
Proceedings of NAACL.
PAELLA: Parameter-Efficient Lightweight Language-Agnostic Captioning Model.
Rita Ramos, Emanuele Bugliarello, Bruno Martins, and Desmond Elliott.
Findings of NAACL.
The Role of Data Curation in Image Captioning.
Wenyan Li, Jonas Lotz, Chen Qiu, and Desmond Elliott.
Proceedings of EACL.


Desmond Elliott
Associate Professor


Research Assistants

Alice Schiavone A
Alice Schiavone

Ph.D Students

Rita Ramos
Rita Ramos
(co-advised with Bruno Martins)
Wenyan Li
(co-advised with Anders Søgaard)
Jonas F. Lotz
Jonas F. Lotz
(co-advised with Christian Igel)
Konstantin Dobler
(co-advised with Gerard de Melo)
Ingo Ziegler I
Ingo Ziegler
Israfel Salazar I
Israfel Salazar


Stella Frank University of Copenhagen
Bruno Martins Instituto Superior Técnico
CoAStaL University of Copenhagen


Emanuele Bugliarello Ph.D 2023. Now Research Scientist at Google
Emiel van Miltenburg PhD 2018. Now at Tilburg University.
Xiang Dai Postdoc. Now Research Scientist at CSIRO Data61
Elham Pezhhan Digitaliseringskonsulent at Thisted Kommune
Mitja Nikolaus Now Ph.D Fellow at Aix-Marseille University