Academic: As Professor of Computer Science at BU, my academic
research centers on data-analytic and algorithmic challenges in two disciplines:
the science of computer networking (e.g., transport protocols, network architecture)
and the empirical study of Internet platforms (such as Airbnb, Groupon, and Yelp).
Entrepreneurial: As founding Chief Scientist at the
Cogo Labs technology incubator (founded in 2005),
I help research and design our own technology platform: we provide proprietary
methods for online advertising,
algorithmic marketing, and data analytics that help power our incubated portfolio companies
from inception to profitability and beyond.
My academic research is currently supported in part by grants from
the National Science Foundation, the Hariri Institute at Boston University,
and by a Google Faculty Research Award.
At Cogo Labs, I've been working on a fascinating problem domain since the
company's founding: the algorithmic, data management, and systems-building challenges that arise on the buy
side of pay-per-click advertising, a canonical Big Data optimization problem.
A great example of a successful launch from Cogo Labs using this technology
is EverQuote, the Cambridge-based auto insurance marketplace.