Jesse Vig's work focuses on conversational agents and natural language processing, with an emphasis on data-driven approaches and neural architectures. He also likes to explore the intersection of machine learning and human-computer interaction, particular around data visualization. Prior to joining PARC, Jesse worked on recommender systems and social tagging systems; his focus was on designing novel systems that combine the automation of recommender systems with the user control and transparency of tagging systems. Jesse completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota and his B.A. in Mathematics at Oberlin College. He received the best paper award at the 2009 Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces and was nominated for best paper at the 2011 conference. He is also an award-winning app developer, and his web design work has been featured in Popular Science magazine.