Academic: As Professor of Computer Science at BU, my academic
research centers on data-analytic and algorithmic challenges in two disciplines:
the empirical study of Internet platforms (such as Airbnb, Groupon, Uber and Yelp),
and the science of computer networking (e.g., transport protocols, network architecture).
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 science analytics
that help power our incubated portfolio companies from inception to profitability and beyond.
- 10/1/18: Public permitting begins for our new home (both CS & Hariri): the BU Data Sciences Center;
see the BU Today article.
- 9/17/18: First day on the job in my new role as interim Associate Dean of the Faculty
of the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AY 2018-9).
- 8/29/18: Excited to hear that the BU Questrom
Micromasters in Digital Leadership
on edX has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 edX prize!
The second run of our course,
for Data-Driven Decision Making (QD602x), starts Tuesday 9/4.
- 8/11/18: Giorgos Zervas presented a fun retrospective on how our
Airbnb impacts paper came together, in a session with the other Paul E. Green award
finalists at the 2018 AMA Summer Academic Conference.
- 8/9/18: Our work on the Questrom Dean Search Advisory Committee comes to a close with the Provost's
announcement that Susan Fournier will be the next Dean of the BU Questrom School of Business.
Congrats Susan and best of luck!
I'm a Computer Science Professor and a Data Science Fellow at BU.
I'm a member of the Networks Research group
and the DBLab at BU, both of which hold open weekly talk series. Please join us!
I also hold appointments as Fellow at
the Hariri Institute and a courtesy appointment in
the Department of Marketing in BU Questrom.
My academic research is 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
(Nasdaq IPO in Summer 2018).