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Vasant Dhar

Vasant Dhar

Joined Stern 1983

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-92
New York, NY 10012

E-mail vdhar@stern.nyu.edu
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Vasant Dhar is a Data Scientist whose research addresses the following question: when do computers make better decisions than humans?

The research is grounded in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and data big and small. The major problem areas addressed in the research are finance, healthcare, education, business, and sports. In the financial arena, for example, his major question asks whether you should trust your money to a robot. For example, see: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/big.2015.28999.vda

Similar questions apply in the other arenas. For example, could computers make better teachers than humans? Could they offer valuable healthcare advice to us that experts aren’t able to provide? Could they become valuable assistant coaches?

As recently as five years ago, it would have seemed preposterous to think that computers might drive cars better than humans in our lifetime yet driverless cars are here already. Computers are making more and more decisions for us, and increasingly so in areas that require human judgment. How might we leverage the rapid advances in machine intelligence in areas such as finance, healthcare, and education?

Professor Dhar teaches courses on Digital Marketing, Trading Strategies, and Prediction. He also writes on IT-driven transformation such as the one currently driving education, and implications for how firms talk to customers and partners and govern data responsibly.

He has written over 70 research articles, funded by grants from industry and the National Science Foundation. He pioneered the use of machine learning for predictive modeling on Wall Street across proprietary systematic trading, risk management, and customer and salesforce management. He is a frequent speaker in academic as well as industrial forums.

Professor Dhar received his Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Interests

  • Data Science
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Governance

Courses Taught

  • Digital Marketing
  • Trading Strategies and Systems

Academic Background

Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence, 1984
University of Pittsburgh

M.Phil., 1982
University of Pittsburgh

B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, 1978
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Awards & Appointments

Editor-in-Chief Big Data 2014
Principal Investigator Mining Online Delegate Data for 2012 US Presidential Elections, July 2011 2011
Co-Principal Investigator Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy, NYU Abu Dhabi 2011
Principal Investigator Risk-Driven Catastrophes in Global 1000 Companies, funded by Deloitte & Touche 2010
Principal Investigator News as a Risk Factor in Predictive Modeling, supported by Thomson Reuters ('10-present) 2010
Daniel P. Paduano Fellow ('09-'11) NYU Stern 2009
Co-Director Center for Business Analytics 2006

Related News & Research

Professor Vasant Dhar discusses the future of artificial intelligence

Your future financial adviser could be a robot

Professor Vasant Dhar is highlighted as one of the 20 top data scientists in banking and finance by eFinancialCareers

Professor Vasant Dhar is interviewed about how CIOs can use artificial intelligence effectively

Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs

Professor Vasant Dhar is interviewed about the future of artificial intelligence in the military

Professor Vasant Dhar is interviewed about fintech startup OpenInvest

Professor Vasant Dhar comments on Grubhub's website outages

Professor Vasant Dhar is interviewed about gamification on dating apps

Professor Vasant Dhar shares insights on the evolution of artificial intelligence

Professor Vasant Dhar discusses why big data failed to predict the presidential election

How to avoid making the same mistakes the polls made with Trump

Professor Vasant Dhar discusses big data’s role in predicting the presidential election

Stern Faculty Offer Insights on the 2016 Presidential Election

Professor Vasant Dhar comments on Google's new AI product offerings

It just got easier to find out who caused that car accident

In a letter to the editor, Professor Vasant Dhar points out the potential value of big data from driverless cars in determining fault in accidents

Professor Vasant Dhar discusses the potential impact of driverless vehicle technology

Professor Vasant Dhar discusses the "Decision Automation Map" he developed for safe delegation of tasks to machines

Professor Vasant Dhar weighs in on Uber's use of driverless cars

Areas of Expertise


  • High Frequency Trading


  • Publishing

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Database Management
  • ITSolutions
  • Information Systems Development


  • Digital Marketing/Advertising