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Ansel MacLaughlin is a PhD student in Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. He is in the natural language processing program, advised by Professor David Smith. The Kansas City, Missouri native is a graduate of Rhodes College, where he received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Greek and Roman Studies.

MacLaughlin’s research area includes natural language processing and information retrieval, and he is a member of the NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks. He hopes to combine his interests of computer science, linguistics, and ancient languages, and apply them to his research.


  • BS in Computer Science, Rhodes College
  • BA in Greek and Roman Studies, Rhodes College

About Me

  • Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
  • Field of Study: Natural Language Processing
  • PhD Advisor: David Smith

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

This is my first year of study at Northeastern. This fall I will begin to complete the required courses and start research with Professor Smith.

What are your research interests?

In college I earned double degrees in computer science and classics with a focus in ancient languages. Since I am just starting the PhD program, I am not sure what research path I will end up following, but hopefully it will be one that combines my interests in computer science, linguistics, and ancient languages.