I am a Managing Principal Research Scientist at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. My research interests span computer science, education, and linguistics, and include natural language processing, automated essay scoring and evaluation, educational technology, discourse and sentiment analysis, education policy, English language learning, and writing research. The intersection of my interests has led to these two inventions: E-rater®, an automated essay evaluation application, and Language Muse, an instructional authoring tool for teachers of English learners. I co-organize this yearly workshop (usually at NAACL or ACL): Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (with Joel Tetreault and Claudia Leacock).
Application-wise, my research focus targets designing NLP-centered systems for the service of learning, managing design from the early idea through product implementation phases. I believe that working with users from the very early stages is critical, and this is also one of my favorite aspects of system design. In this context, I have spent a lot of time talking with K-12 instructors, and more recently, university faculty. I spend a lot of time reading about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and working with university faculty and administration to inform my thinking about building new systems that support writing instruction and assessment. I think that Understanding Language is a great initiative with a great group of people that illustrates the critical role of language in the Common Core Standards, especially with regard to English learners, and addresses important policy issues about equity in education.
I have become increasingly more engaged in automated writing evaluation and writing research, advocating for building capabilities that cover a greater breadth of genres and relevant writing constructs to improve support for writing instruction and assessment.
Here is my full CV jillBursteinCV_140617.pdf
- Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Education Technology Program, Grant Award # R305A140472 , Goal #2: Technology-Assisted Generation of Linguistically-Relevant Instructional Activities to Support ELLs in Content and Language Learning in the Content Areas, $1,499,000, Principal Investigator (with Co-PI, John Sabatini) (July 2014 - July 2017).
- Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Education Technology Program, Grant Award #R305A100105, Goal #2: A Technology-Rich Teacher Professional Development Intervention that Supports Content-Based Curriculum Development for English Language Learners, $1,499,000, Principal Investigator. (March 2010 - March 2014).