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. I have 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 activity-generation tool for classroom teachers. The app supports learners' reading and language skills. Motivated by my interest to make a social contribution through my work, I've been working in educational data mining to explore NLP- based writing analytics. This work facilitates generation and evaluation of analytics to build a deeper understanding of student writing, stakeholder (educators and policy-makers) understanding of writing achievement, and relationships between writing achievement and success predictors. I co- founded (with Claudia Leacock), a yearly workshop: Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA). BEA is typically co-located with an ACL venue. Sign up for the BEA newsletter here. We are now SIG EDU! I am the General Chair for NAACL 2019 to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2 - 7, 2019. On a personal note, I am a mentor in the 101: Fund, a needs-based college scholarship fund for Princeton High School students.

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jburstein [at] ets.org

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