Michael Kearns Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Michael Kearns
Michael Kearns

Michael Kearns, the National Center Professor of Management & Technology in the Department of Computer and Information Science, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He joins three other Penn faculty members, Marisa Bartolomei and M. Celeste Simon from the Perelman School of Medicine and Diana C. Mutz from the Annenberg School for Communication, and 120 other researchers elected to the scholarly society this year.

Kearns is the National Center Professor of Management & Technology in the Department of Computer and Information Science; he also holds secondary appointments in the School of Arts & Sciences’ Department of Economics and the departments of statistics and operations, information and decisions in the Wharton School. He is an expert in machine learning, algorithmic game theory, and microeconomics, and applies both theoretical research and experimental techniques to better understand the social dimensions of new information technology, such as its impact on privacy and fairness. Kearns is also the founding director of the Warren Center for Network and Data Sciences, which draws on researchers from around the University to study some of the most pressing problems of the digital age, as well as the co-author of “The Ethical Algorithm,” which shows how seemingly objective data science techniques can produce biased outcomes.

Read about the other Penn faculty members elected to the National Academy of Sciences at Penn Today.