Foster Provost

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

Affiliated Professor: Department of Computer Science

Dept. of Information, Operations and Management Sciences
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
New York University

Professor Provost studies data science and its alignment with business problems.

His current main research interests are:

Prof. Provost's research has won numerous awards, including the Best Paper published in the journal Information Systems Research in 2015, Best Paper Awards at the top data science research conference, ACM SIGKDD, across three decades, the 2009 INFORMS Design Science Award for his work on Social Network-based Marketing Systems, IBM Faculty Awards for outstanding research in data mining and machine learning, a President's Award from what's now Verizon, and more.

Prof. Provost served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Machine Learning from 2004-2010.

He was elected as a founding board member of the International Machine Learning Society. He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery.  In 2001, he was program chair for the ACM SIGKDD conference. He was an organizer of the 2009 & 2010 Workshops on Human Computation (HCOMP), an organizer of the 2010 Workshop on Social Media Analytics (SOMA), and a founding organizer of the Workshop on Information in Networks (WIN) [2009-2015].

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. 

Professor Provost advises small and large companies who are interested in extracting useful knowledge from their data.  He has served as an expert witness on cases involving data science.  He also advises the U.S. Government (National Science Foundation, NASA, DARPA, National Research Council, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) on policy and investments in data mining research.

He has applied advanced technologies to a variety of business and government problems, including compliance analysis, on-line advertising, targeted marketing, fraud detection, counterterrorism, network diagnosis, network monitoring, and customer contact management. 

Contact Info

Professor Foster Provost
Information, Operations & Management Sciences Department
Stern School of Business
New York University
44 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012-1126, USA
Tel: +1.212.998-0806
Fax: +1.212.995-4228

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