Nourhan Sakr

PhD Student

Nouri values interdisciplinary research and works under the supervision of Cliff Stein at the Data Science Institute. Her research lies at the intersection of data science, combinatorial optimization and algorithms where she leverages connections between these fields to design data-driven algorithms that efficiently solve fundamental and real-world social or industrial challenges. Additionally, she also works on developing more efficient ML-based frameworks with both theoretical and practical guarantees. Nouri believes in the power of using real-data to confirm the theory developed through her work and drive the design of her algorithms.

Start Date: Sep 01, 2014
Faculty Advisor: Cliff Stein
Program: PhD OR

Nouri accumulated industrial experience via her collaborations and internships at places like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Sandia National Labs, and Graham Windham where she addresses problems like adaptive ML in cyber-security, dynamic inventory allocation, foster care matching, etc. For future directions, she is motivated to continue combining data science and optimization algorithms to solve interdisciplinary problems of social value such as in education, health care, poor economics, and energy.
 
Prior to joining Columbia, Nouri studied Computer Science and Actuarial Science at the American University in Cairo and did her Master's in Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. 
 

 

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Nourhan Sakr
PhD Student