I am an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at The University of Texas at Austin where I work on computational linguistics and natural language processing. More specifically, my research focuses on discourse processing, language generation, and NLP in social contexts. I belong to the Computational Linguistics Group at UT Linguistics, and the UT NLP Group. I obtained my Ph.D. from the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, advised by Ani Nenkova. Usually, I go by Jessy.
Some of the topics that I am currently researching include:
- Discourse Processing: What does it take for a text to be coherent and for us to fully comprehend what was discussed? We investigate discourse-level devices at play, e.g., discourse (coherence) structure, questions under discussion, and pragmatics.
- Natural Language Generation: We work towards building text generation models that will help a broad audience with better access to information: text simplification, summarization, question generation, and incorporating discourse models in generation.
- Language and Society: We seek to understand how people use language in social media to express their emotions, and how major events impact language use in both conventional media and social media.
- Language and Code: Together with researchers in UT’s CS and ECE departments, we model natural language (e.g., comments, method names) as well as programming languages in software repositories.
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