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 work and interest lie at the intersection of computational linguistics, writing studies, educational measurement, and general education. 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 Writing MentorTM -- a Google Docs Add-on for academic writing help. I also co-led the development of the Language Muse® Activity Palette -- an NLP-driven activity-generation tool for classroom teachers. The app supports learners' reading and language skills. Motivated by my interest to make a greater social contribution, I have been conducting NLP-based writing analytics research to facilitate the generation and evaluation of analytics toward a deeper understanding of student writing achievement, stakeholder (educators and policy-makers) understanding of writing achievement, and relationships between writing achievement and success predictors. I hold over twenty patents related to NLP and educational technology. I am the Chair of SIG EDU, an ACL Special Interest Group on Building Educational Applications, and the General Chair for NAACL 2019 . On a personal note, I am a mentor in the 101: Fund, a needs-based college scholarship fund for Princeton High School students. I hold a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from New York University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

jill.burstein [at] gmail.com

jburstein [at] ets.org