Vishal Gupta is an Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations at the USC Marshall School of Business. Because of his research interests and expertise, he also holds a courtesy appointment in USC Viterbi’s School of Engineering in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is an affiliate faculty with USC’s Center for AI and Society.
Before joining USC, Vishal Gupta completed his B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy at Yale University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors, and completed Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at the University of Cambridge with distinction. He then spent four years working as a “quant” in finance at Barclays Capital, focusing on commodities modeling, derivatives pricing, and risk management.
Eventually, Vishal realized how much he missed working towards a larger mission of impact, and left the private sector to complete his Ph.D. in Operations Research at MIT in 2014.
Vishal’s research focuses on data-driven decision-making and optimization, particularly in settings where data are scarce. Such settings are common in applications that rely on personalization (like precision healthcare) and real-time decision-making (like risk management). Consequently, his research spans a wide variety of areas including revenue management, education, healthcare, and artificial intelligence.
Vishal has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research, the Pierskalla Best Paper Prize, the Jagdish Sheth Impact of Research on Practice Award.
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Research: Vishal Gupta on Drone
Work by GUPTA, associate professor of data sciences and operations, and colleagues studying the feasibility and effectiveness of drone-delivered AEDs to remote locations to assist patients waiting for emergency vehicles to arrive.
Quoted: Vishal Gupta on USC Trojan Family
NEWS + EVENTS
USC Marshall Faculty Hiring Initiative Advances Toward Goal of Gender Parity and Diversity
Marshall builds organizational diversity with focus on underrepresented scholars.
Marshall Phd Student Honored With University Award for Teaching Assistants
Junxiong Yin, a fifth-year PhD student in Marshall’s Department of Data Sciences and Operations, has been awarded a University Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.
Vishal Gupta Awarded INFORMS Wagner Prize for System to Curb COVID Spread in Greece
The prize was awarded to Gupta and his collaborators for the “Eva” system, which was deployed across all Greek borders to limit the influx of asymptomatic travelers.
Dean's Dialogue: How Algorithms Helped Greece Cope with COVID-19 (11/13/2020)
Marshall Dean, Geoff Garrett, talks to Kimon Drakopoulos and Vishal Gupta, two Marshall data science professors, who developed advanced AI algorithms to help the Greek government admit tourists during summer 2020.
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