Kulkarni*, Radhika (SAS Institute)

Radhika Kulkarni 2022

Radhika Kulkarni
2022 INFORMS President
Retired as VP, Advanced Analytics R&D, SAS Institute
4020 Thetford Rd
Durham, North Carolina 27707

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Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Optimization: Opportunities for Inter-Disciplinary Innovation

Machine learning tools and AI platforms have become prolific in many industries. Applications range from health care to financial applications to manufacturing industries. In the world of big data and ML / AI tools, there are numerous opportunities for application of optimization techniques. Large scale implementation of machine learning tools in artificial intelligence platforms require automation at several levels – increasing productivity along the entire analytics lifecycle as well as automated model selection to improve predictive models. In many of these problems, optimization techniques play an important role in finding solutions as well as improving performance. 

This presentation will provide several examples that describe some of these innovations in various industries as well as discuss trends and upcoming challenges for future research.

Often, the mathematical model and solution are only a small part of the overall problem. It is also im-portant to ensure the availability of the data required for the model, whether the final result is easy to interpret and sustainable in the real world and a myriad other aspects. In this talk, Kulkarni will dis-cuss some of the practical concerns that are of equal importance: ease of implementation, ac-ceptance of the results, safeguards needed to allow for over-rides of automatic decisioning, etc.

Audience: Graduate students

Building Analytics Team for Success: A Perspective from Two Sides

You have chosen a career in Data Science, Analytics and Operations Research: Do you wonder if algorithmic innovation is enough to succeed? As you advance in your career and assume leadership positions in Analytics, what are the lessons you need to build and grow a successful team? In this talk, you can hear some of the experiences from both perspectives: Lessons learned as a young pro-fessional and also as a leader of a large Analytics R&D organization.

Audience: Graduate students

Reflections from my Analytical Journey: Challenges, Opportunities, Lessons Learned

As you embark on your journey with an interest in the STEM field, you may wonder about the choices you have for your major as an undergraduate, or for your post-graduation work. This presentation provides a perspective from the other end of a wonderful journey in the world of Operations Research, Analytics and Data Science. Having spent more than four decades in this exciting arena, I am still excited by the new problems and the potential to save lives, save money and solve problems with the innovative research and applications in these fields.

Starting with a brief introduction to Operations Research and continuing to the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration across the many analytical fields, I will present several examples of problems that can be solved using these fields. I will also discuss the lessons learned as a young professional and also as a leader of a large Analytics R&D organization.

Audience: Undergraduate Students in the STEM areas

Education & Background

  • Ph.D. Operations Research, Cornell University
  • MS Operations Research, Cornell University
  • MSc, Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India

Dr. Radhika Kulkarni is an Advanced Analytics professional, active in the area of Operations Research, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. She retired after 35 years of leading various areas of analytics R&D at SAS Institute, Inc. For the last 10 years of her career, Kulkarni was the Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D, overseeing software development in many analytical areas including Statistics, Operations Research, Econometrics, Forecasting and Data Mining.

Dr. Kulkarni has been an active member in the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) throughout her career and is a recipient of the Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences (WORMS) Award. She was recognized as an INFORMS Fellow in 2014 and currently serves as the 2022 President of INFORMS

Dr. Kulkarni serves on the Advisory Council of the School of ORIE at Cornell University, the Master of Science in Analytics Advisory Board at Georgia Tech and the Advisory Board for the Business Analytics Program at Sabanci University in Turkey.

Radhika Kulkarni has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Presidency College, Madras, a Master’s in Mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and a Master’s (1979) and Ph.D. (1981) in Operations Research from Cornell University. 

Languages Spoken:

English, Hindi, Marath, Telugu, Tamil