Jacob Eisenstein

Introduction to Natural Language Processing is forthcoming in October 2019 with MIT press (draft pdf)

I work on computational linguistics, focusing on non-standard language, discourse, computational social science, and machine learning. In July 2019, I joined Google AI as a research scientist. From 2012 to 2019, I was on the faculty at Georgia Tech, where I led the Computational Linguistics lab.

publications | twitter | biographical sketch | github | cv


My research combines machine learning and linguistics to build natural language processing systems that are robust to contextual variation and offer new insights about social phenomena. A complete list of publications can be found here, on Google scholar, and on Semantic scholar. Here are some recent papers:



(starting with the most recent)
  • PhD alumni: Umashanthi Pavalanathan (Twitter), Yi Yang (Asapp), Yangfeng Ji (University of Virginia)
  • Current PhD students: Sandeep Soni, Ian Stewart, Yuval Pinter, Sarah Wiegreffe
  • PhD committees at GT: Rama Vedantam (FAIR), Edward Choi (Google Medical Brain), Tanushree Mitra (Virginia Tech), Seungyeon Kim, Boyang Li, Ke Zhou.
  • External PhD committees: Uladzimir Sidarenka (Potsdam), Jessy Li (Penn -> Texas), Dong Nguyen (Twente -> Utrecht), Yulia Tsvetkov (CMU -> CMU), Baekkwan Park (Emory Political Science), David Bamman (CMU -> UC Berkeley), Qiaoling Liu (Emory), Bo Han (Melbourne).

Professional service

  • Co-chair: 2016 EMNLP Workshop on NLP and Computational Social Science.
  • Co-chair: 2014 ACL Workshop on Language Technologies and Computational Social Science
  • Co-chair: 2013-2015 Atlanta Workshop on Computational Social Science
  • Senior area chair: ACL 2019
  • Area chair: NAACL 2018, EMNLP 2017, NAACL 2016, ACL 2014, EACL 2013
  • Tutorial co-chair: ACL 2018, NAACL 2012
  • Coordinator/chair/czar of student research workshop, awards, and/or volunteers: NAACL 2016, ICML 2013, NAACL 2013
  • Program committees: ACL, CONLL, EMNLP, NAACL, ICML, NIPS, CSCW, various workshops. All these venues are open-access (OA).
  • Editorial boards: Action editor at TACL (OA), Linguistic Issues in Language Technology (OA), Language Variation series at Language Science Press (OA), Computational Linguistics (OA)
  • Journal Reviewing: Communications of the ACM, Computational Linguistics (OA), Journal of Machine Learning Research (OA), Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (OA), Machine Learning Journal, Transactions of the Association of Computational Linguistics (OA), Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Language in Society, Glossa (OA), Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Nature Human Behavior ...
  • I prefer that my reviewing effort goes towards papers that everyone can read. So I usually will not review for venues that are non-OA, unless I submit papers there myself.