Jack's Personal Page

Jack Hessel

PhD Candidate, Cornell University

contact: "jhessel@" + ".".join(["cs", "cornell", "edu"])

CV (as of 2/2019). I am on github here and on twitter here

If you're looking for me, I look something like this (I'm on the right) (facial hair subject to change):


Things I'm Doing (4/2019)

I am a fifth year PhD candidate, and I am lucky to be advised by Lillian Lee. I work on on projects with David Mimno as well. I am most interested in applying machine learning in people-centered datasets, particularly to analyze content (e.g., text, images) online. My goals are to understand human behaviors in online communities, and to create new tools. This means that I work with text, images, social networks, and more!

I am currently a visiting faculty member in the Computer Science department at Carleton College. I am teaching natural language processing and discrete math.

I will be spending Summer 2019 at Google AI.

Conference Papers


Workshop Papers and Other Projects

Things I've Taught

  1. Instructor for Natural Language Processing and Discrete Math at Carleton College, SP 2019.
  2. INFO/CS 4300 Language and Information, Cornell University, SP 2016
  3. CS4786 Machine Learning for Data Science, Cornell University, SP 2015 for which I recieved an outstanding TA award!
  4. CS4620 Introduction to Computer Graphics, Cornell University, FA 2014
  5. Introduction to Computer Science/Graph Theory, Carleton College, FA 2011

Industry Experience


  1. Program Committees: ACL 2016, 2017, 2018*; NAACL 2018, 2019; EMNLP 2017, 2018*; EACL 2017; AAAI 2017; ICWSM 2018. For the starred conferences, I received a best reviewer award!
  2. Workshop Program Committees: Black in AI @ NIPS 2018; Student Research Workshop @ NAACL 2018
  3. Two guest lectures (and one "magic" trick) for Spring 2016/2017 CS4300 about my favorite machine learning algorithm: the truncated SVD!
  4. Spoke at Carleton College's Networks Reading Group where I discussed the role of altruism on Kickstarter.
  5. Spring Cornell CS4740 Guest Lecture on Topic Models with Xanda Schofield
  6. Helped with Cornell's annual Expand Your Horizions conference, where some friends and I taught a class on programming (2015, 2016)

Things I've Done

I grew up in beautiful Portola Valley, California. I earned a B.A. from Carleton College in 2014, studying computer science and mathematics/statistics. During my time in Northfield, I played ice hockey, hosted a radio show, and was lucky enough to meet and work with a lot of great people. I'm a die hard San Jose Sharks fan, avid consumer (and very occasionally a producer) of electronic music, and a vegetarian (I am no longer a vegan!). I am a member of Stewart Little Coop.