Rahul Mazumder


Robert G. James Career Development Associate Professor

Operations Research and Statistics group

MIT Sloan School of Management

Operations Research Center

MIT Center for Statistics and Data Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I am the Robert G. James Career Development Professor and Associate Professor in the Operations Research and Statistics group at MIT Sloan School of Management. I am affiliated with the Operations Research Center, MIT Center for Statistics and MIT IBM Watson AI Lab.

Before joining MIT, I spent a couple of years as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University (Dept of Statistics), where I was also affiliated with the Data Science Institute. Prior to Columbia, I was a PostDoctoral Associate at MIT. I completed my PhD in Statistics from Stanford University under the supervision of Trevor Hastie . I completed my BStat, MStat from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata.

Here is a copy of my CV (Last updated: Oct 15, 2021).


  • I am currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Statistics, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Machine Learning Research. Starting 2022, I will be serving as an Associate Editor of Bernoulli.
  • I helped form the Machine Learning Cluster within the INFORMS Optimization Society (2021).
  • I am a Program Committee Member (with Damek Davis): "Optimization for Data Science Track" at the INFORMS Optimization Society Conference, 2022.
  • I was a co-organizer (with Roger Koenker and Guillaume Pouliot) of "Optimization-Conscious Econometrics Conference" at Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at University of Chicago, 2019.
  • I was a co-organizer (local committee) of the "Mixed Integer Programming Workshop" at MIT, Cambridge, 2019.


I am a statistician working at the interface of statistics and operations research (mathematical optimization). I study problems in computational/algorithmic statistics using tools from mathematical optimization (convex and discrete optimization). I am interested in the applications of statistics/OR tools in problems arising in industry (e.g, computational finance, insurance, recommender systems etc), government (US Census Bureau) and the sciences (biostatistics, biomedical sciences). In the past I have worked on applications of statistics in the social sciences, oceanography, and turbulence.

Principal Fields of Interest

    - Statistics, Machine Learning, Mathematical Optimization (Convex optimization, Mixed Integer optimization), Large Scale Optimization Algorithms.

    - High dimensional statistics and sparsity, combinatorial statistical modeling & computation, nonparametric function estimation (e.g., shape constrained inference).

    - Applications of the above in recommender systems, computational finance, computational biology & healthcare, survey research, insurance pricing, etc. Conditional computing in neural networks.

I gratefully acknowledge research support from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research (including a Young Investigator Award), IBM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Google Research, and MIT (JFRAP, RSC).

Contact Information

MIT Sloan School of Management

Building E62-583

100 Main Street

Cambridge, MA 02142

Ph: 617-253-2652

Email: rahulmaz "at" mit "dot" edu

Administrative Assistant:

    Mark Leonardo II

    Email: mark2@mit.edu | E62-571