Foster Provost

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

Affiliated Appointment: Department of Computer Science

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Some things that might interest you:

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

Data Science for Business (the book) is available for sale!       Book cover image

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

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..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

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

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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 Dstillery (formerly Media6degrees), Integral Ad Science, and Everyscreen MediaHe advises other companies on data science and strategy.  (Check out:  Tagasauris)

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Jefferson Provost
Caterina Provost-Smith


Some Current Students

Jessica Clark, NYU Stern Ph.D. candidate
Rob Moakler, 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, Chief Scientist, Dstillery  (Formerly at IBM Research)
Shawndra Hill, Microsoft Research (Formerly at Wharton)
Brian Dalessandro, Vice President Research/Data Science, Dstillery
Josh Attenberg, Data Science Lead, Etsy

Xiaohan Zhang, Data Scientist, Integral Ad Science
Enric Junqué de Fortuny, Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD (Ph.D. from U. Antwerp; Co-advised with David Martens)

Prior Postdocs

Sofus Macskassy, Manager, Applied Machine Learning, Facebook.  (Formerly: Director, Fetch Labs @ Fetch Technologies.) Assistant Adjunct Professor, USC
Victor (Shengli) Sheng,  Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas

Talks & Tutorials

Tutorial on Predictive Modeling with Social Networks (ICWSM 2009)

Tutorial on Predictive Modeling with Social Networks (KDD 2008)

Tutorial on Social Network Mining (AAAI 2008) [ICWSM 2009 Tutorial above is more comprehensive]

ACM EC'07 Tutorial: Modeling Complex Networks for (Electronic) Commerce

ICML-2003 Invited Talk  (see On Applied Research... for essays, etc.)

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Teaching

In recent years, Professor Provost has taught: