Jessica Ouyang

Office: 724 Schapiro (CEPSR)

Email: ouyangj at cs dot columbia dot edu

I am a PhD candidate and IGERT Fellow in the Natural Language Processing Group of the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. My advisor is Kathy McKeown. I am also the administrator of the NLP@CU mailing list.

My research is in summarization of informal genres, including personal narratives, weblogs, and conversations, and cross-lingual summarization of low-resource languages.

I received my Masters in Computer Science at Columbia in Spring 2015. Before Columbia, I was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where I majored in Computer and Cognitive Science and in Linguistics. I was a College House Manager at Kings Court English College House and a founding member and vice president of the Penn Undergraduate Math Society.

My CV is here.

The slides from my candidacy exam on computational narrative are here.

I defended my dissertation, "Adapting Automatic Summarization to New Sources of Information," on 25 June 2019.

I am now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. My new webpage is here.


Jessica Ouyang and Kathleen McKeown. Neural network alignment for sentential paraphrases. To appear in the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL'19), Florence, Italy, July 2019.

Jessica Ouyang, Boya Song, and Kathleen McKeown. A robust abstractive system for cross-lingual summarization. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies (NAACL-HLT'19), Minneapolis, USA, June 2019. pdf

Helen Cheung, Sarah Grzebinski, Charles Sanky, Jessica Ouyang, and Stephen Krieger. Why do medical students choose to become neurologists? A computational linguistics analysis of residency personal statements. In the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN'19), Philadelphia, USA, May 2019.

Jessica Ouyang, Serina Chang, and Kathleen McKeown. Crowd-sourced iterative annotation for narrative summarization corpora. In Proceedings of the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL'17), Valencia, Spain, April 2017. pdf data

Jessica Ouyang and Kathleen McKeown. Modeling reportable events as turning points in narrative. In Proceedings of the 2015 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP'15), Lisbon, Portugal, Sept. 2015. Notable Data Set Award. pdf data

Jessica Ouyang and Kathleen McKeown. Towards automatic detection of narrative structure. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'14), Reykjavik, Iceland, May 2014. pdf


Instructor, COMS W3203-002 Discrete Mathematics: Introduction to Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

Instructional Assistant, COMS W4701-001 Artificial Intelligence, Fall 2014.

Instructional Assistant, EECS E6896 From Data to Solutions, Fall 2013.


My best friend is a goofy German Shepherd named Indiana Jones. He enjoys hiking, disemboweling stuffed animals, and eating my potted herbs.

I used to be a member of and recruiter for a World of Warcraft 25-man hardcore raiding guild that was ranked second in the world for raiding 10 hours/week or less. These days I game offline as the Dungeon Master in a weekly Dungeons and Dragons group.