HDSI Faculty Affiliates

About Faculty Affiliates

The Harvard Data Science Initiative (HDSI) Affiliates Program supports Harvard faculty who are actively engaged in advancing data science methodologies and applications or data science teaching. The Program seeks to foster collaboration between methodologically- and domain-focused researchers, strengthen the Harvard data science community, and amplify the impact of data science beyond the University.

The Program supports Affiliates by convening networking sessions, seminars, workshops, and tutorials; providing opportunities for research funding; facilitating engagement with industry; and promoting data science research. The Program also offers Affiliates an opportunity to shape the future of data science at Harvard through participation in strategic planning activities and service on governance committees. As the Initiative grows, so too will the benefits to Affiliates.

Affiliate Benefits

  • Networking opportunities with other HDSI Affiliates
  • Can state HDSI affiliation in publications (“and Affiliate, Harvard Data Science Initiative”)
  • Inclusion on HDSI website and other communications
  • Inclusion in the HDSI faculty profiles portal (under development)
  • Opportunities for engagement and collaboration with HDSI Corporate Members
  • Complimentary print subscription to the Harvard Data Science Review

Becoming a Faculty Affiliate

Requirements for Membership

All Harvard full-time faculty with a demonstrated commitment to data science research – including both methodologically-oriented and applications-oriented research – or teaching are encouraged to apply and can do so by filling out this short application form.

We will also invite any faculty member who hosts an HDSI Postdoctoral Fellow, receives funding from the HDSI, or serves on an HDSI committee to become an HDSI Affiliate.

Affiliates are appointed to a renewable two‐year term. Renewing members are encouraged to demonstrate some engagement with activities of the Initiative in the year prior to renewal. Some examples are:

  • Attended HDSI seminars, workshops, or networking events
  • Hosted an HDSI postdoctoral fellow
  • Received funding from the HDSI
  • Served on an HDSI committee
  • Participated in, or attended, an event convened by the HDSI, for example a panel, a workshop, roundtable discussion, or networking event
  • Provided Service to the Harvard Data Science Review
Ascarza

Eva Ascarza

Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Marketing
As a marketing modeler, Professor Ascarza uses tools from statistics, economics, and machine learning to answer relevant marketing questions. Her main research areas are customer analytics and customer management, with special attention to the problem of customer retention. She uses field experimentation (e.g., A/B testing) as well as econometric modeling and machine learning tools not only to understand and predict patterns of behavior, but also to optimize the impact of firms’ interventions. 

Demba Ba

Departments of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Demba Ba is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering with Harvard University, where he directs the CRISP group. His research interests lie at the intersection of high-dimensional statistics, optimization, and time-series analysis, with applications to neuroscience and multimedia signal processing. Recently, he has taken a keen interest in the connection between artificial neural networks and sparse signal processing, as a means to understand the principles of hierarchical representations of sensory signals in the brain, and to develop explainable AI. The aim of this research is to explain neural networks as inference algorithms in biologically-plausible mechanistic, generative, statistical models.... Read more about Demba Ba

satchit

Satchit Balsari

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Co-Director, CrisisReady.io
Baym

Michael Baym

Assistant Professor of Statistics
Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Michael Baym studies microbial evolution and antibiotic resistance. His data science interests primarily revolve around analysis of microbial genomes, both from clinical samples and laboratory evolution.
Berger

Edo Berger

Professor of Astronomy
Department of Astronomy
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Edo Berger, along with his students and postdoctoral fellows, researches a wide range of explosive and eruptive astrophysical phenomena, including gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, super-luminous supernovae, and other optical transients (from the Pan-STARRS project and elsewhere), as well as magnetic activity in sub-stellar objects.  He uses observations across the electromagnetic spectrum - from radio to γ-rays - utilizing observatories around the world and in space.
Iavor Bojinov

Iavor Bojinov

Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
Iavor Bojinov is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Technology and Operations Management unit at Harvard Business School and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Statistics at Harvard University. He teaches the first-year Technology and Operations... Read more about Iavor Bojinov

Marcia Castro

Andelot Professor of Demography
Global Health and Population
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Marcia Castro is Andelot Professor of Demography and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the identification of social, biological, and environmental risks associated with infectious diseases (particularly mosquito-borne), with the ultimate goal of informing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of control interventions. She uses multidisciplinary approaches and applies varied statistical models combining data from different sources: administrative records, population census, household surveys, satellite imagery, and geocoded data.
Tanujit

Tanujit Dey

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Tanujit Dey is a Faculty Biostatistician and Lead Investigator at the Center for Surgery and Public Health. His methodological research interests include:... Read more about Tanujit Dey
Eddy

Sean Eddy

Ellmore C. Patterson Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and of Applied Mathematics
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Sean Eddy is a computational biologist in Molecular & Cellular Biology and in Applied Mathematics. His research currently focuses on the development of... Read more about Sean Eddy
Hossein

Hossein Estiri

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Hossein Estiri is a computational demographer, data scientist, and clinical informaticist. He develops statistical/ML methodology and architects high-performance interpretable computational systems for enabling intelligent decision making in healthcare and population health management.
Glassman

Elena Glassman

Asst. Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Elena Glassman is a the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor of computer science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences specializing in human-computer interaction. She designs, builds and evaluates systems for comprehending and interacting with population-level structure and trends in large code and data corpora.... Read more about Elena Glassman

Mark Glickman

Mark Glickman

Senior Lecturer in Statistics
Department of Statistics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Mark Glickman, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, is Senior Lecturer on Statistics at the Harvard University Department of Statistics, and Senior Statistician at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, a Veterans Administration Center of Innovation.  He serves as an elected member of the American Statistical Association's Board of Directors as representative of the Council of Sections Governing Board with a term expiring in 2021. In that role, he co-chairs the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Data Science.  Dr. Glickman's long-standing interest in methods for rating competitors in games and sports arose from his involvement in playing tournament chess, where he attained the title of U.S. national master in 1988. Dr. Glickman is known for having invented the Glicko and Glicko-2 rating systems, both of which have been adopted by many gaming organizations internationally, particularly online gaming. These models stemmed from his Harvard docotoral dissertation on foundational probability models for rating competitors with time-varying abilities, a topic on which he has since published a number of scholarly papers, including methods for pairing competitors in tournaments. 
Golden

Christopher Golden

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health
Department of Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Chris Golden is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Health and Nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. With a background in ecology and epidemiology, he investigates the nexus of trends in global environmental change and human health. He received his BA from Harvard College and two graduate degrees from UC Berkeley: an MPH in Epidemiology, and a PhD in Environmental Science. For the past 20 years, Golden has been conducting environmental and public health research in Madagascar where he created a non-profit organization called Madagascar Health and Environmental Research. He is currently leading various data science efforts: 1) harnessing existing databases to examine the human health impacts of natural disasters in Sierra Leone, Fiji, and other countries; 2) developing a climate-smart health monitoring system to examine links between climate and environmental change and human health; and 3) using data science approaches to model nutrition-sensitive, sustainable seafood systems.
Goodman

Alyssa Goodman

Robert Wheeler Wilson Professor of Applied Astronomy
Department of Astronomy
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Alyssa Goodman is the Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy at Harvard University, co-Director for Science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman's research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education. Goodman's personal research presently focuses primarily on new ways to visualize and analyze the tremendous data volumes created by large and/or diverse astronomical surveys, and on improving our understanding of the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. She is working closely with colleagues at the American Astronomical Society, helping to expand the use of the WorldWide Telescope program, in both research and in education. Goodman also leads the Prediction project at Harvard University, focused on tracing back the roots of modern computer simulation, as prediction, through history, all the way back to the sheep entrail divination practiced in Mesopotamia.... Read more about Alyssa Goodman
Adam Haber

Adam Haber

Assistant Professor
Departments of Environmental Health and Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Adam is Assistant Professor of Computational Biology and Environmental Health at the...

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Rema Hanna

Rema Hanna

Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies and Chair of the International Development Area at the Harvard Kennedy School
Faculty Director of Evidence  for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University’s Center for International Development
Co-Scientific Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South East Asia Office in  Indonesia

Rema Hanna is the Jeffrey Cheah Professor of South-East Asia Studies and Chair of the International  Development Area at the Harvard Kennedy...

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Huybers

Peter Huybers

Professor
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Peter’s research interests lie in developing a better understanding of the climate system. His current research involves evaluating historical climate events; predicting temperature, hydrological, and sea level variations; and assessing the implication of climate change for food production. Peter generally pursues these questions through combining disparate and peculiar data with theory. Peter received his B.S. in physics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Subsequent to serving in the military, Peter received a Ph.D. in climate physics and chemistry from MIT, worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and joined the faculty at Harvard in 2007. In 2012, Peter worked as a senior climate advisor at the Office of Science Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. He has been awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant, a Packard Fellowship, and the American Geophysical Union's Macelwane Medal.

Stratos Idreos

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Stratos works on data structure synthesis and self-designing data system architectures. Data science applications include fast statistical computations, fast visualizations and exploratory queries, as well as neural network training, inference, and accuracy optimization through storage/architecture co-design.
Imai

Kosuke Imai

Professor of Government and Statistics
Departments of Government and Statistics
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Kosuke Imai is Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Statistics at Harvard University. He specializes in the development and... Read more about Kosuke Imai
Rafa

Rafael Irizarry

Chair of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Rafael Irizarry received his Bachelor’s in Mathematics in 1993 from the University of Puerto Rico and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Statistics in 1998...

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MJ

Mohammad Jalali

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School

Mohammad Jalali (aka, ‘MJ’) is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Based at MGH Institute for Technology Assessment, MJ’s main area of research is at the intersection of data science and simulation modeling to inform policy and decision-making. He was previously a research faculty at MIT Sloan School of Management and a consultant at the World Bank.... Read more about Mohammad Jalali

Anders Jensen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Harvard John F Kennedy School of GovernmentMedical School

My research focuses on public economics and development economics. One set of projects in my work seeks to study the factors that shape the capacity...

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Kominers

Scott Kominers

MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor
Harvard Business School
Kominers is the MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Harvard Department of Economics and the Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications. From 2013-2017, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Saieh Family Fellow in Economics at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago. Kominers graduated from Harvard summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Mathematics (with a minor in Ethnomusicology) in 2009, and completed his PhD in Business Economics at Harvard in 2011.
Kovacheva

Vesela Kovacheva

Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Vesela Kovacheva M.D. Ph.D. is a physician-scientist and an attending anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of... Read more about Vesela Kovacheva
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