Professor Avrim Blum
Professor and Chief Academic Officer, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC)
Avrim Blum, Professor and Chief Academic Officer, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC). Avrim Blum received his BS, MS, and PhD from MIT in 1987, 1989, and 1991 respectively. He then served on the faculty in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University from 1992 to 2017. In 2017 he joined the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago as Chief Academic Officer. Blum’s main research interests are in Theoretical Computer Science and Machine Learning, including Machine Learning Theory, Approximation Algorithms, Algorithmic Game Theory, Algorithmic Fairness, and Database Privacy, as well as connections among them. He has served as Program Chair for the IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS), the Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science Conference (ITCS), and the Conference on Learning Theory (COLT). Blum is recipient of the AI Journal Classic Paper Award, the ICML/COLT 10-Year Best Paper Award, the Sloan Fellowship, the NSF National Young Investigator Award, and the Herbert Simon Teaching Award, and he is a Fellow of the ACM.
Students working on algorithmic fairness: Kevin Stangl (https://ttic.uchicago.edu/~kstangl/), Keziah Naggita, and Han Shao.