Rayid Ghani

Research Director, Computation Institute, UChicago/Argonne; Senior Fellow, Harris School of Public Policy, UChicago

Rayid Ghani is a Research Director at the Computation Institute and Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He is involved in several educational and research initiatives at UChicago using data and computational tools for solving high impact social problems and improving public policy. Rayid recently designed & directed the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship at UChicago which brought together 40 fellows from around the world to work on data & analytics problems in education, healthcare, energy , transportation, and public safety for 12 weeks. Rayid is also part of the team leading the new MS program in Computational Analysis & Public Policy at UChicago.

Before joining UChicago, Ghani was Chief Scientist of the Obama for America Analytics team.  During the 2012 campaign, Ghani’s team applied data mining and machine learning methods to create new tools for fundraising, voter turnout, advertising, and campaign strategy.  Now, working with the Computation Institute and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Ghani is extending those methods to address social challenges.

Before joining the Obama re-election campaign in July 2011, Ghani directed the Machine Learning & Data Mining research group at Accenture Technology Labs, focused on R&D in analytics for solving large-scale business problems.  Rayid is also the co-founder of Edgeflip, a startup that grew out of his work at the Obama Campaign, and working on helping non-profits, charities, and advocacy groups grow their reach through influence in social networks.