Foster Provost

Ira Rennert Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Data Science
Professor of Information Systems
Andre Meyer Faculty Fellow
Paduano Fellow in Business Ethics (Emeritus)

Affiliated Appointment: Department of Computer Science

Curriculum Vitae

Some things that might interest you:

Prof. Provost interviewed on Data Science, Machine Learning, AI and Management.

European Research Paper of the Year 2017!  Here it is:

Professor Provost received the Best Paper Award for the best paper published in the journal Information Systems Research in 2015.  Here it is:

How can you explain the decisions made by a predictive model?

Professor Provost won the Best Teacher Award from the Stern MSBA Class of 2014.  (Thanks!)

Data Science for Business (the book) has been the best-selling data science book for several years now!       Book cover image

One of Fortune Magazine’s 5 “must read books for MBAs”, December 2014.

..this is the first book of its kind ... whether you are looking for a good comprehensive overview of data science or are a budding data scientist in need of the basics, this is a must-read." 
-- Chris Volinsky, Director, Statistics Research, AT&T Labs; Winner of the $1Million Netflix Challenge   

Bid Optimizing for Targeted Online Advertising
Best Paper Award @ KDD-2012, Industry & Government Track.

Machine Learning for Display Advertising -- Keynote talk discussing privacy and efficacy of targeting on-line ads

Tutorial on Predictive Modeling with Social Networks (ICWSM 2009) [prior version @ KDD 2008]

Privacy-friendly on-line brand advertising @ KDD 2009

Repeated labeling -- Best paper award runner-up @ KDD 2008


Note to prospective Ph.D. students, postdocs, summer interns, etc.


Prof. Provost retired in 2010 from being Editor-in-Chief of the journal Machine Learning.

Prof. Provost won the 2009 INFORMS Design Science Award for his work on Social Network-based Marketing Systems. Previously he received IBM Faculty Awards for outstanding research in data mining and machine learning.  He was elected as a founding board member of the International Machine Learning Society. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Machine Learning and Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.  In 2001, he co-chaired the program of the premier data mining conference (ACM SIGKDD ).   (More bio info)

Prof. Provost co-founded of several successful NYC-based companies, including Detectica, Dstillery (formerly Media6degrees), Integral Ad Science, and Everyscreen MediaHe advises other companies on data science and strategy. 



Contact Info

Jefferson Provost
Caterina Provost-Smith

Some Current Students

Carlos Fernández, NYU Stern Ph.D. candidate

Some Prior Students

Maytal Saar-Tsechansky, Associate Professor, Univ. Texas at Austin
Gary Weiss, Associate Professor, Fordham University (Ph.D. from Rutgers University, Computer Science; Co-advised with Haym Hirsh)
Claudia Perlich, Senior Data Scientist, TwoSigma  (Formerly at IBM Research and Chief Scientist, Dstillery)
Shawndra Hill, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research (Formerly at Wharton)
Brian Dalessandro, Director, Data Science, Zocdoc (Formerly:
Director, Data Science, Zocdoc; Vice President Research/Data Science, Dstillery)
Josh Attenberg,  Head of Data Science, Urbint; CoFounder Detectica (Formerly: Data Science Lead, Etsy
Xiaohan Zhang, Director, Data Science, Integral Ad Science
Enric Junqué de Fortuny, Assistant Professor, NYU Shanghai (Formerly:
Assistant Professor, Rotterdam School of Management; Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD; Ph.D. from U. Antwerp; Co-advised with David Martens)
Jessica Clark, Assistant Professor, Univ. Maryland College Park
Rob Moakler, Quantitative Researcher, Facebook

Prior Postdocs

Sofus Macskassy, Head of Data Analytics, Branch Metrics (Formerly: Director, Fetch Labs @ Fetch Technologies, and also Manager, Applied Machine Learning, Facebook and Assistant Adjunct Professor, USC)
Victor (Shengli) Sheng,  Associate Professor, University of Central Arkansas


The Book

Latest Music Album

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In recent years, Professor Provost has taught: