Howdy!

headshot-i-guessI’m Cassandra Jacobs. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Linguistics, where I run the Computational Linguistics and Cognition (CaLiCo) Lab.

My research focuses on the intersection between linguistic experience, memory, and language processing, especially how short- and long-term language statistics influences language production. My work in NLP aims to extract useful (vector) representations of word forms, word meanings, and word meanings in context that are learned over large written and spoken corpora. You can also check out experiment materials, posters, and analyses on my github and at OSF.

About me: Originally from Texas, I braved the cold and received my PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois as well as my MS in Computer Science. From 2016-2018 I worked as an NLP data scientist, but realized I still wanted to keep doing research, so I left that position and became an affiliated researcher in the Ferreira Lab at UC Davis. Most recently I completed two wonderful years as a postdoctoral research associate in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Wisconsin where I studied the relationship between learning and language production supported by NSF grant 1849236. In my spare time, I like going on wilderness backpacking trips, knitting, and learning (+about) languages. I have an adorable, but incredibly chatty 15-year-old Javanese cat named Vector.

As a former natural language processing data scientist, I care a lot about building and maintaining bridges between academic research and industry communities, and am passionate about mentoring graduate students with their academic and non-academic career decisions. I am especially interested in connecting linguists and cognitive psychologists to fulfilling data science careers, so contact me if you’d like to let me know about an opportunity my junior colleagues would be a good fit for.

If you have any questions or would like to request more information about any of the projects I am working on or the resources behind them, I like e-mail — jacobs.cassandra.l@gmail.com.