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2023 Rising Stars

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The Management Science and Engineering Department (MS&E) at Stanford University is holding our annual Rising Stars Workshop on Tuesday, May 2nd. The workshop focuses on celebrating and fast-tracking the careers of exceptional young scholars (across the interdisciplinary fields represented by MS&E) at a critical inflection point in their academic career, and also aims to increase representation and diversity in the fields represented by Management Science & Engineering. The workshop will showcase the exciting, innovative research by this group of rising scholars and provide them with the opportunity to learn about and network with the MS&E community.

Curious about our 2023 Rising Stars participants? Check out their biographies here

Rising Stars Agenda 

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Welcome/Icebreaker

9:00-9:45 am Presentations: Computational Social Science 1

Bailey Flanigan: The societal benefits of public-spirited voting

Serena Wang: Bridging gaps between metrics and goals in modern machine learning ecosystems

Zhengchao Wang: The Awkward Art of Asking: Optimal Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations

9:45-10:00 am Break

10:00-10:45 am Presentations: Organizations and Innovation 

Richard Ndubuisi UgwuanyiIs: The Metaverse a Double-Edged Sword? Virtual Reality Technology and Team Performance

Jaeho Kim: Hidden Costs of High Performers in Organizations: Startup Inventor Knowledge Composition and Innovation Performance

Fernando Stipanicic Márquez: The Creation and Diffusion of Knowledge: Evidence from the Jet Age

10:45-11:00 am Break

11:00-12:00 pm Panel Session

12:00-1:30 pm Lunch & Networking

1:30-2:30 pm Presentations: Quantitative Methods

Jalani Williams: Bounds on the M/M/k/Setup with Deterministic setup times

Yueyang Liu: Non-Stationary Bandit Learning via Predictive Sampling 

Yiling Xie: Adjusted Wasserstein Distributionally Robust Estimator in Statistical Learning

Nicholas Johnson: Sparse Plus Low Rank Matrix Decomposition : A Discrete Optimization Approach

2:30-2:45 pm Break

2:45-3:45 pm Presentations: Sustainability and the Developing World

Chika Okafor: Understanding and Motivating U.S. Climate Action

Lily Xu: Learning and Planning Under Uncertainty for Wildlife Conservation

Aparajita Agarwal:

Mobile Money as a Stepping Stone towards Financial Inclusion: How Digital Multi-Sided Platforms Intermediate to fill Institutional Voids

Chinasa Okolo: Examining Perceptions of Explainable AI with Community Health Workers in Rural India

3:45-4:00 pm Break

4:00-5:00 pm Mentoring Session

5:00-5:45 pm Presentations: Computational Social Science 2

Christian Ikeokwu: Disincentivizing Polarization in Social Networks

Nicola Ritsch: Using Broadband Infrastructure as a Social Sensor to Detect Inequities in Unemployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Meena Jagadeesan: Supply-Side Effects of Content Recommendation Algorithms

5:45-6:00 pm Closing & Group Photo

7:00-8:30 pm Dinner & Networking