Jan-Willem van de Meent

Jan-Willem van de Meent
Assistant Professor

Northeastern University
College of Computer and Information Science
440 Huntington Avenue
478 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

+1 (617) 373 7696


SEP 2017 ∙ Siddharth’s paper “Learning Disentangled Representations with Semi-Supervised Deep Generative Models” has been accepted for publication at NIPS! Arxiv.

FEB 2017 ∙ David’s paper “Design and Implementation of Probabilistic Programming Language Anglican” has appeared in the proceedings of IFL.

AUG 2016 ∙ Our paper “Bayesian Optimization for Probabilistic Programs” was accepted at NIPS.

JUL 2016 ∙ I have lectured in the PPAML summer school on Probabilistic Programming. Materials can be found here.

JUL 2016 ∙ Anglican 1.0.0 is now up on Clojars.

JUL 2016 ∙ I will be teaching the CS 6220 course on Data Mining Techniques.

JUN 2016 ∙ Our paper on Interacting Particle Markov Chain Monte Carlo appeared at ICML.

MAY 2016 ∙ Our paper on Black Box Policy Search with Probabilistic Programs appeared at AISTATS.


I am an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern.

My research agenda is to understand how programs may be used to define structured and composable models in machine learning and artificial intelligence. To facilitate this agenda, I also work on inference techniques for probabilistic programs. I am one of the creators of Anglican, a probabilistic programming system closely integrated with Clojure.

I did a post-doc in the group of Frank Wood at Oxford. I did a PhD in biophysics with Ray Goldstein (Cambridge) and Wim van Saarloos (Leiden). I have also worked on applications of machine learning in single-molecule biophysics at Columbia (with Chris Wiggins and Ruben Gonzalez).