About Me

I am the Director of Research for the Natural Language Processing (NLP) Group in the Research Division at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. My research passion is the development of NLP-grounded education technology that supports global literacy. I led the NLP teams that invented e-rater®, an automated essay scoring system used in large-scale assessment, Criterion® -- ETS’ online essay evaluation product, and the Writing MentorTM application -- a Google Docs Add-on. I co- led the development of the Language Muse® Activity Palette -- an NLP-driven classroom activity-generation tool for teachers. The tool automatically generates customizable language activities for classroom texts intended to support students' content comprehension. My most recent work focusses more broadly on educational data mining to explore NLP- based writing analytics for applications available to all learners. This work is motivated by my interest to make a social contribution through research that yields increased knowledge about how to develop meaningful feedback to directly help learners, and produces analytics to support a deeper understanding of student writing, stakeholder (educators and policy-makers) understanding of writing achievement, and relationships between writing achievement and success predictors. Now entering its 13th year, I co- founded (with Claudia Leacock), and co-organize a yearly workshop: Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA) (with Joel Tetreault, Ekaterina Kochmar, Claudia Leacock & Helen Yannakoudakis). BEA is typically co-located with an ACL venue. Sign up for the BEA newsletter here. We are now SIG EDU! On a personal note, I am a mentor in the 101: Fund, a needs-based scholarship fund for Princeton High School students to attend college. I also volunteer at Wishing Works, a Trenton-based program that educates youth in basic skills areas including, health wellness, goal-setting and career, and financial literacy.

jill.burstein [at] gmail.com

jburstein [at] ets.org