Xi Chen: Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, NYU Stern

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Xi Chen joined New York University Stern School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences in September 2014. Professor Chen studies machine learning and optimization, high-dimensional statistics and operations research. Before joining NYU Stern, Professor Chen completed a one-year postdoc with Professor Michael Jordan at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Chen earned his M.S. in Industrial Administration and Operations Research from the Tepper School of Business, and his Ph.D. in Machine Learning from the School of Computer Science, both at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship and IBM Ph.D. Fellowship.

What do you do best?

Using machine learning and data science technologies to extract useful information from massive data and helping business make wise decisions based on learned information.

What makes you the best?

Whether you believe it or not, your peers and others around you view you as accomplished and successful, and they can learn from you. Tell us the most important quality or characteristic that has gotten you to where you are today.

Try to make friends with peers who are better than me and learn from them; never give up any opportunity.

What are your aspirations?

To keep doing what I love to do – working with smart colleagues and students, sharing stories and ideas with friends, learning new technologies, helping others with my expertise.

Biggest Success?

I entered the University at the age of 15.  At the age of 20, I was admitted by my dream school----- Carnegie Mellon University, which is ranked top one in computer science.  At the age of 26, I was hired by Stern School of Business in New York University as a tenure-track faculty. The faculty position in a leading business school is extremely competitive, especially for me --- a non-native speaker with almost no background in business. I was recently featured on the 2017 Forbes list of “30 Under 30 in Science”.

Most Challenging Moment?

In the first two years of my Ph.D., I had no idea on how to do research and how to write high-quality papers.


Diligence redeems stupidity.

Favorite People/Role Models?

(EXAMPLE: Tell us your favorite people and/or role models, both business and personal)

My grandfather and grandmother--- both of them were professors in China.  My Ph.D. advisor Jaime J. Carbonell and my postdoc mentor Michael I. Jordan.

Favorite Places/Destinations?

Shanghai, China; Berkeley, California; New York City.

Favorite Products/Objects?

Apple, Brooks Brothers

Current Passions?

(No rules here. This can be anything in your life that you are currently excited about or enjoy)

Doing research and making new friends.