Ilker Birbil appointed as Endowed Professor Data Science and Optimisation

As of 1 February 2019 Dr Ilker Birbil is appointed as Endowed Professor Data Science at Erasmus School of Economics through the Erasmus Trustfonds. The Chair is based within the department of Econometrics and focuses on the development and application of mathematical models at the intersection of data-driven decision making and operations research. The results of these efforts are disseminated through scientific publications, industry collaborations and academic education.

Ilker Birbil (45) is an internationally well recognised expert in the field of optimisation and decision making. Over the last few years, he has been expanding his research and teaching into the area of data science. Within several disciplines including operations research there is an increasing attention for data science and machine learning techniques. One stream of his research is developing in this area. In particular, he is looking at large scale optimisation problems that are fundamental to machine learning problems. Ilker Birbil will immediately strengthen data science research and teaching at Erasmus School of Economics, e.g. in the econometrics MSc programme (specialisation Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing) and the economics MSc specialisation of Data Science and Marketing Analytics.

Ilker Birbil received his PhD degree from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. He then worked for two years as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management in Rotterdam. Until recently he held a full professor position with Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, in the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

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