Hamsa Sridhar Bastani

Hamsa Bastani 

Assistant Professor of Operations, Information, and Decisions
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


557 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
hamsab [AT] wharton.upenn.edu
(215) 573-5365

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I completed my PhD in Stanford's Electrical Engineering department under the supervision of Mohsen Bayati, and spent a year as a Herman Goldstine postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research. Previously, I graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 2012 with a A.M. in physics, and a A.B. in physics and mathematics.

My research focuses on developing novel machine learning algorithms for data-driven decision-making, with applications to healthcare operations, revenue management, and social good. Recently, I've been working on the design and application of transfer learning algorithms, e.g., for predictive analytics with small data, dynamic pricing across related products, and speeding up clinical trials with surrogate outcomes. I am also interested in algorithmic accountability and using big data to combat social and environmental harm.

I primarily teach OIDD 321: Introduction to Management Science, for which I received the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award in 2019 and 2020. I also teach a PhD class OIDD 941 on topics in data-driven decision-making. I currently serve as an Associate Editor for M&SOM.