Kristian Lum

Kristian Lum

Research Assistant Professor
Computer and Information Science (CIS)

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Honors and Awards:  Rice University Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus Award

Research Expertise: Statistics | Machine Learning | Algorithmic Fairness

Kristian studies and develops statistical and machine learning models to tackle problems with social impact. This includes statistical population estimation models to estimate the number of undocumented victims of human rights violations, “fair” algorithms for use in high-stakes decision making, and epidemiological models to study disease spread among and between marginalized populations and the broader community. She is particularly interested in applications to criminal justice. She enjoys using the tools of statistics and machine learning to shine a light on alternative interpretations of data. She is often just as (if not more) interested in what is missing from a dataset than what is in it.

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