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.
- 12/5/17: I was elected by the BU Faculty Council to serve on the Questrom (business school) Dean Search Advisory Committee.
- 10/24/17: Our "Putting Data in the Driver's Seat" paper was accepted to
WSDM 2018 in LA (16% acceptance rate).
Data-driven strategies for Uber drivers to optimize their weekly earnings.
- 10/17: Our
Airbnb impacts paper
appeared in this month's AMA Journal of Marketing Research (JMR).
- 7/13/17: Excited to be a member of the inaugural class of Boston University
Science Fellows. See this Q&A on my perspective.
- 7/13/17: Harshal presented our work on "app of the day" Appstore promotions at the
Platform Strategy Research Symposium
here at BU.
- 4/20/17: Our forthcoming EdX course,
Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making (part of BU Questrom's MicroMasters in Digital Innovation),
was featured in today's Daily Free Press.
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 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.