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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
320 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jan Vitek, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Programming languages
  • Compilers
  • Program analysis
  • Memory management
  • Virtual machine
  • Type systems


  • PhD in information systems, University of Geneva
  • MS in computer science, University of Victoria


Jan Vitek is a professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a professor and faculty scholar of the Department of Computer Science at Purdue University. He helped found Fiji Systems and 0xdata.

His research has led to advances in the theory and practice of modern programming systems, from Objective-C and JavaScript to languages for data analytics like R, with applications in information security, memory management, and real-time safety critical systems. Vitek led the team that developed the first real-time Java virtual machine to be deployed on a UAV designed by Boeing.

He holds a leadership role in the programming language community as the past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), and served as vice-president of AITO and of the IFIP WG 2.4 on Software Technology. He chairs the steering committee of the PLDI conference and has been on the steering committees of POPL, ICFP, SPLASH, and ECOOP.