Mladen Kolar is Associate Professor of Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kolar's research is focused on high-dimensional statistical methods, probabilistic graphical models, and scalable optimization methods, driven by the need to uncover interesting and scientifically meaningful structures from observational data. His research appears in journals such as the Journal of Machine Learning Research, the Annals of Statistics, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, and other outlets. Kolar also regularly presents his research at the top machine learning conferences, including Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) and the International Conference of Machine Learning (ICML). Kolar currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research, the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, and the New England Journal of Statistics in Data Science.
Kolar was awarded a prestigious Facebook Fellowship in 2010 for his work on machine learning and network models. He spent a summer with Facebook’s ads optimization team working on a large-scale system for click-through rate prediction. Kolar earned his PhD in Machine Learning in 2013 from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a diploma in Computer Engineering from the University of Zagreb. For his Ph.D. thesis work on “Uncovering Structure in High-Dimensions: Networks and Multi-task Learning Problems,” Kolar received from 2014 SIGKDD Dissertation Award honorable mention.
Outside of academia, Kolar enjoys chess, running, cycling, and hiking.