Ramayya Krishnan and Dean Baybars

Dean of CMU’s Heinz College on integrating machine learning and the social sciences

Professor Ramayya Krishnan spoke at the fourth Machine Learning and Data Analytics Symposium (MLDAS) in Qatar this week, sharing the Carnegie Mellon approach to integrating machine learning and social science methods. Dr. Krishnan is dean of CMU’s H. John Heinz III College and the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems.

Organized by Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and the Boeing Company, the symposium brought together more than a dozen computing experts to address pressing issues in the burgeoning field of machine learning and data analytics.

Earlier in the week, Professor. Krishnan spoke about the work of Heinz College at a CMU-Q Dean’s Lecture: “one of the drivers of the research program has been the blend of the social, the cyber and the physical, which energizes study into smart sensing, reasoning and decision making.”

Dr. Ilker Baybars, dean and CEO of CMU-Q, remarked: “Dr. Krishnan is a pioneer in the fields of management science and information systems. Today, interdisciplinary scholarship is becoming the norm because of visionary educators like Dr. Krishnan.”

Dr. Krishnan founded the information systems and management program at Carnegie Mellon, and he was appointed the first dean of Heinz College in 2008, and reappointed in 2014. The college is home to both the Public Policy School and Information Systems School, bringing together a multi-disciplinary faculty of engineers, social scientists and information technologists.