Carnegie Mellon University

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Rayid Ghani joins Carnegie Mellon University

Rayid Ghani joins Carnegie Mellon University as a Distinguished Career Professor with a joint appointment to the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the School of Computer Science.

Ghani, a CMU alumnus, is a pioneer in using data science and artificial intelligence to solve major social and policy challenges. He formerly served as the Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at the University of Chicago and the Chief Scientist for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. He will continue his work as a leader in harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence, data science and other emerging technologies for social good. His work in these areas complements the research being done in CMU's Metro21: Smart Cities Institute.

Over the last several years, Ghani’s focus has been enabling the use of AI, machine learning and data science to tackle large-scale public policy and social impact problems in an ethical and equitable manner.

Ghani believes that “a lot of government, civic, and non-profit organizations are realizing the value of better data and have been focusing on improving data collection and data standardization.” His work “involves developing and using machine learning and social science methods that can be operationalized to solve policy and social challenges across health, criminal justice, education, public safety, criminal justice, social services, and economic development.”

This work aligns with Metro21’s research to develop forward-thinking solutions that enhance both individual systems and their collective integration through optimization, the exploration of newer and smarter technologies and policy change.

We are excited to see how Ghani’s work will help Metro21 further our mission to research, develop and deploy 21st century solutions to meet the demands facing metro areas.