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Jan-Willem van de Meent

Assistant Professor


Office Location

177 Huntington Avenue
2207 – 177
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jan-Willem van de Meent, 2210-177
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD in Theoretical Physics, Leiden University


Jan-Willem van de Meent is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Prior to joining Northeastern, Professor van de Meent held positions as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and Columbia University. Professor van de Meent holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Leiden University.

Professor van de Meent’s interests lie at the interface of programming languages and machine learning research. He is one of the creators of Anglican, a probabilistic programming system integrated with the Clojure language. His research aims to understand how probabilistic programs can be used to define structured and composable models in machine learning and artificial intelligence. His past contributions span granular physics, biological fluid mechanics, and machine learning for single-molecule biophysics.