Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics
Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities
Ravi Shroff is an Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics with an affiliated appointment at NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics from UC San Diego, a M.S. in applied urban science and informatics from NYU-CUSP, and a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Washington.
Dr. Shroff's research interests are broadly related to computational social science, in particular, the development and application of statistical methods to measure and improve the equity and efficiency of decision making. His current research examines the use of interpretable statistical models to inform pretrial detention decisions; methods to accurately quantify discrimination in settings where decision makers have clear policy objectives; and how algorithms can assist human judgment. He has past and ongoing collaborations with a number of city and state agencies in New York and California.
Previously, Dr. Shroff was a Senior Research Scientist at NYU-CUSP, and a 2016-2017 fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian National University's Mathematical Sciences Institute, a visiting scholar at Stanford, and consulting expert for the ACLU of Illinois. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Amazon, Arnold Ventures, the Knight Foundation, and New York City's Administration for Children's Services.