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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
356 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: David Smith, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Efficient inference for machine learning models with complex latent structure
  • Modeling natural language structures, such as morphology, syntax, and semantics
  • Modeling the mutations in texts as they propagate through social networks and in language across space and time
  • Interactive information retrieval and machine learning for expert users


  • PhD in computer science, Johns Hopkins University
  • BA in classics, Harvard University


David A. Smith is an associate professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences and a founding member of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University’s center for the digital humanities and computational social sciences.

Before earning his PhD in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, he received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in classics (Greek) from Harvard University. He also worked for Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library Project, one of the most widely-used linguistic and cultural research systems in the humanities field. Prior to joining Northeastern, he was a research assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Smith has published widely in the areas of natural language processing and computational linguistics, information retrieval, digital libraries, digital humanities, and political science. His research has been funded by the NSF, NEH, DARPA, ONR, AFRL, the Mellon Foundation, and Google.