Marti A. Hearst


University of California, Berkeley


I am a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information. I have an affiliate position in the Computer Science Division.

Spring 2014 I taught Information Visualization.

Contact: Office Hours: Mon 2-3pm, Wed 3-4pm; 510-642-8016; 307B South Hall

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My research is focused in the following areas:

  • Search Engines and their User Interfaces
  • Improving MOOCs
  • Tools for the Digital Humanities
  • Social Technology (Blogs, Tags, Online Personals)
  • Computational Linguistics (Text Mining and Analysis)
  • Information Visualization
  • Usability in Web Sites, Voting, Security

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Online Book!
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Check out Search User Interfaces, the first academic book on this topic (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2009). On the web site, you can Read the Full Text!

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Past courses include:

  • User Interface Design
  • Applied Natural Language Processing
  • Analyzing Big Data with Twitter
  • Information Visualization and Presentation
  • Information Organization and Retrieval

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Recent Highlights

Wow! I'm listed among inspiring women on O'Reilly Radar's Ada Lovelace Day.

I'm honored to have received the iSchool student-initiated teaching award this year.

Keynote talk at ACM SIGIR 2014.

Keynote talk at ACL Workshop on Interactive Language Learning, Visualization, and Interfaces.

Cray Distinguished Lecture at UMN, April 2014.

ACM Learning@Scale Mar 4-5!

Keynote talk at the ESAIR workshop at CIKM, Oct 2013.

Keynote talk at the IDEA workshop at KDD, Aug 2013.

Social Interactions Grant to study subgroups with online learning environments. Thank you to Google for supporting our and others' research!

We'll have a great set of students in April in Paris at the CHI Doctoral Consortium.

Keynote talk at SPIE Electronic Imaging Conference, Feb 2013.

Twitter course high-fived by All Things D, Center for Digital Education, and, of course, Twitter.

Keynote talk at HCIR 2012, Oct 2012.

Digital Humanities Grant for WordSeer awarded! Thank you NEH!

Keynote talk at the Language in Social Media Workshop at NAACL-HLT, June 2012.

Keynote talk at the Mobile Voice Conference, March 2012.

Speaking at the O'Reilly Strata big data conference, Feb 2012.

Keynote talk at ACM CHIMIT, Dec 2011.

'Natural' Search User Interfaces in the Nov. CACM in which I predict what Apple did in the iPhone 4S html

Keynote talk at ACM Hypertext, June 2011.

Keynote at the PSU 2011 IST Graduate Student Symposium, March 2011.

Panelist on NITRD/NARA Summit on R&D for Open Government, March 2011.

Panelist on Beyond the Text Box at, Feb 2011.

Keynote at the Usability Professionals' Association DC Chapter Conference, Oct 2010.

Keynote at the I-Know conference, Sept 2010, Emerging Trends in Search User Interfaces.

Keynote at Enterprise Search Summit, May 2010 in NYC. Designing Search for Humans.

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Search is Dead. Long Live Search. Panel at WWW 2010

General Chair, ICWSM'10, Int'l Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, May 2010.

Talk: Social Technology, NSF, 2009.

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