Marti A. Hearst


University of California, Berkeley


I am a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and in EECS.

Contact:; 510-642-8016; 307B South Hall
Office hours: Wed 3-4pm

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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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Current and past courses include:

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

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Recent Highlights

Thank you iSchool students for the honor of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award!

ACL 2015 Keynote talk: slides and paper now available.

Keynote talk at ECIR in Vienna, March 2015.

Keynote talk at the Society for Computers in Psychology, Nov 2014.

UW Distinguished Lecturer Series, Oct 2014

I'm honored to have received the 2014 iSchool student-initiated teaching award.

Keynote talk at ACM SIGIR 2014: Seeking Simplicity in Search User Interfaces.

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!

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 Mobile Voice Conference, March 2012.

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