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Ph.D. Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Summer 2015
BioMaria Dimakopoulou is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
Research Area: Machine Learning and Economics
Dissertation Title: Reinforcement Learning Methods for Effective Decision Making in Internet and Technology Platforms
Maria Dimakopoulou's research focuses on the development of machine learning methods and their empirical analysis. She is interested in the design of efficient multi-armed bandit and reinforcement learning algorithms that help an agent interacting with a complex, unknown environment to learn over time and make effective decisions. The empirical analysis focuses on how to apply these learning methods to run large-scale online experiments and identify the optimal policies for problems in economics, primarily in online advertising, marketing and internet platforms. She also studies causal inference questions related to machine learning.
Her PhD research is supported by the "Arvanitidis" Stanford Graduate Fellowship in memory of William K. Linvill and by the Onassis Foundation. She is the recipient of the Stanford Management Science and Engineering Outstanding Academic Achievement at the Graduate Level award.
R. David Dixon
Masters Student in Management Science and Engineering, admitted Summer 2017
Master of Arts Student in Sociology, admitted Summer 2017
BioDavid Dixon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University.
RESEARCH AREA: Work, Technology, & Organizations
David’s areas of interest include studying the social fabric of clusters in emerging economies, both the interactions between firms within the clusters, as well as between those firms and policy makers. He is also studying the emerging phenomena of open innovation, as technology is allowing organizations to crowdsource solutions to even very technical problems.
David graduated with Honors from Brigham Young University in Sociology. During his time there he worked as a consultant for non-profits serving in Peru, Mexico, as well as immigrant populations within the US. While there he also conducted research within the Marriott School of Management. Prior to joining WTO, David also spent 6 years founding, overseeing, and then selling a health services startup, and working as a community manager in the low-income housing industry.