Rahul Mazumder

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Robert G. James Career Development Associate Professor

Operations Research and Statistics group

MIT Sloan School of Management

Operations Research Center

MIT Center for Statistics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



About me: 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.

I am currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Statistics . I am also serving as an editorial board member of the Journal of Machine Learning Research.


Recent News

- INFORMS Optimization Society Prize for Young Researchers (2020)

- MIT Operations Research Center Best Student Paper Award (2020) [as advisor]

- Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2018) press release

- Annals of Statistics, Special Invited Session Speaker JSM, 2017 link

- MIT RSC Award, 2017

- Plenary Speaker at SAMSI Optimization Workshop, 2016

- Natural Sciences and Data Sciences Interface Award, Columbia University, 2014


Research Interests

- Statistical Machine Learning

- Applied Statistics

- Mathematical Optimization (Convex and Discrete Optimization)

- Large Scale Algorithms

My research group is broadly interested in topics at the interface of computational statistics, mathematical optimization, and their interplay.

We are involved in applications arising in finance, computational biology, recommender systems, survey statistics (US Census Bureau). In the past I have worked in applications in computational social science, oceanographic and climate sciences.

We acknowledge research support from NSF, ONR, IBM, Liberty Mutual.


For Students

Take a look at this link to get a rough idea of what I am generally interested in.

If you are at MIT, please feel free to shoot me an email if you are interested in discussing related ideas/problems.

If you are outside MIT and interested in working with me, please apply to the PhD program at MIT ORC


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

e: mark2@mit.edu | E62-571