I’m Cassandra Jacobs. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the University of Wisconsin investigating how people and computers learn to produce language. Starting in Fall 2021, I will be an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Linguistics.

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. Between my position as an NLP data scientist and UW, I was an affiliated researcher in the Ferreira Lab at UC Davis.  You can also check out experiment materials, posters, and analyses on my github and at OSF!

My research focuses on the intersection between memory and language processing, especially how linguistic experience (language statistics, recent productions, comprehension) influences language production. My work in NLP aims to learn cognitively plausible (vector) representations of word forms, word meanings, and word meanings in context.

Outside my research interests and as a former data scientist in industry, 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.

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 —