Jacob Collard

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Information Technology Laboratory



I am a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology , having received my Ph.D in linguistics in 2020 from Cornell University. My main research interests involve computational models of linguistic structures, especially minimally supervised, linguistically-motivated models of syntactic, semantics, and pragmatics. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, creative writing, drawing, game design, and playing with my cat, Freya.

Selected Publications

Jacob Collard. Unsupervised formal grammar induction with confidence. In Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Computation in Linguistics. New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2020. Association for Computational Linguistics. doi:https://doi.org/10.7275/5qfp-sg41. [ONLINE] [PDF] [BIB]
Jacob Collard; Talapady N. Bhat; Eswaran Subrahmanian; Ursula Kattner; John Elliot; Carelyn Campbell; and Ira Monarch. Generating domain ontologies using root- and rule-based terms. Journal of the Washington Academy of Science, 2018. [BIB]
Jacob Collard; Talapady N. Bhat; Eswaran Subrahmanian; John Elliot; Ira Monarch; and Peter R. Strickland. R&R – a de novo method to create search terms for IUCr documents. Acta Crystallographica, 2018. [BIB]
Jacob Collard. Finite state reasoning for presupposition satisfaction. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Language Cognition and Computational Models, 53–62. Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2018. Association for Computational Linguistics. [ONLINE] [PDF] [BIB]


  • APLN 505: Semantics and Pragmatics (Spring 2021; Montclair State University)
  • COGST 1101: Introduction to Cognitive Science (Spring 2018; Cornell University — with Professor Jennifer Schwade
  • LING 1101: Introduction to Linguistics (Fall 2017; Cornell University) — with Professor Miloje Despic
  • LING 4424: Computational Linguistics (Spring 2017; Cornell University) — with Professor John hale
  • LING 1100-103: Endangered Languages (Fall 2016; Cornell University)


I've served on the editing team for Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26 and 27 and on the organizing committee for NELS 49. I have also served several volunteer positions for the Cornell Linguistics Circle, including president and web administrator, and served as the organization for the semantics reading group and the computational linguistics reading group.