People

Troy Adair

Senior Director of Research Computing
Harvard Business School

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

Matthew Baum

Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Harvard Kennedy School
Matthew A. Baum (Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2000) is the Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F... Read more about Matthew Baum

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.

Yochai Benkler

Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies
Faculty Co-Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Yochai Benkler is the Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for... Read more about Yochai Benkler

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.
Damian Blasi

Damián Blasi

HDSI Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Human Evolutionary Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Damián E. Blasi is a researcher at the intersection of linguistics, anthropology, cognitive sciences, and data sciences. His work aims to understand which aspects of collective and individual human behavior shape the structure of languages by leveraging data on present and past linguistic diversity. His recent projects include studying transmission processes during the emergence of creole languages, regular sound-meaning associations appearing independently around the globe, and the influence of subsistence and behavior on the speech apparatus since the beginning of the Holocene.... Read more about Damián Blasi

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Sarah Bleich

Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health
Sara Bleich is a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is also... Read more about Sarah Bleich