Dr. Julia Kempe appointed as Director of the NYU Center for Data Science

We are pleased to announce that Julia Kempe has been appointed as the Director of the NYU Center for Data Science.

Dr. Kempe comes with two decades of in-depth experience in both academia and data-driven industry. She is currently a Senior Researcher at a leading hedge fund that trades in markets around the world, employing complex mathematical models and tools from machine learning and statistics to analyze vast amounts of data.

Prior to working in finance, she held academic appointments as Junior and then Senior Researcher at the CNRS in France since 2001, and as Professor of Computer Science at Tel-Aviv University (2007–2011).

Her main scholarly contributions are in quantum computing, a highly interdisciplinary area spanning computer science, physics, and applied mathematics, and she has published in conference proceedings and journals across these fields.

She has been a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on a number of prestigious grants from the European Research Council, the Israeli Science Foundation, and the French Ministry of Science. In 2010, she became one of the youngest scientists to receive knighthood in the French Order of Merit. She is also the recipient of a French Woman in Gold Prize for Research (“Femme en Or de la Recherche”), the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize of the French government, and the Bronze Medal of the CNRS.

Dr. Kempe received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications. She also holds an M.S. in Theoretical Physics from the École Normale Supérieure and an M.S. in Algebra from the Université de Paris 6. She completed her undergraduate work in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Vienna, Austria.

We also take this opportunity to thank Richard Bonneau, Professor of Biology and Computer Science, who served as Director of CDS since September 2017, for his excellent leadership, energy, and dedication to the Center.

Please join us in congratulating Julia Kempe on her appointment and welcoming her to NYU.