Dr. Rumi Chunara is an Associate Professor at NYU, where she directs the Center for Health Data Science. She is jointly appointed at the School of Global Public Health (in Biostatistics) and the Tandon School of Engineering (in Computer Science). Her PhD is from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and her BSc is from Caltech. She is an MIT TR35, NSF Career, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges, Facebook Research and Max Planck Sabbatical award winner.
Dr. Chunara’s research centers on developing computational and statistical approaches for acquiring, integrating and using data to improve population and public health. This focus means that her work links machine learning for healthcare data alongside social and environmental properties of urban and other environments. This includes research to derive factors from satellite imagery data that drive health, developing statistical models to combine environmental and electronic health record data, and improving risk prediction models to work for diverse global population priorities.