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Bistra Dilkina

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WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Computer Science


  • 2012, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, Cornell University
  • 2004, Bachelor's Degree, Computer Science, Simon Fraser University


Starting Spring 2018, Bistra Dilkina is a Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. She is also an Associate Director of the Center for AI in Society (CAIS). Before that, Dilkina was as an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a co-director of the Data Science for Social Good Atlanta summer program. She received her PhD from Cornell University in 2012, and was a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Institute for Computational Sustainability until 2013. Dilkina is one of the junior faculty leaders in the young field of Computational Sustainability, and has co-organized workshops, tutorials, special tracks at AAAI and doctoral consortium on Computational Sustainability. Her work spans discrete optimization, network design, stochastic optimization, and machine learning.

Research Summary

Dilkina's research focuses on advancing the state of the art in combinatorial optimization techniques for solving real-world large-scale problems, particularly ones that arise in sustainability areas such as biodiversity conservation planning and urban planning. Her work is at the intersection of discrete optimization and machine learning. One key area of research is designing machine-learning-driven combinatorial optimization algorithms, by leveraging the plethora of data generated by solving distributions of real world optimization problems.

  • Computer Science

  • SAL 304
  • Henry Salvatori Computer Science Center
  • 941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 0781

Contact Information
  • dilkina@usc.edu


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