Rammayya Krishnan

Ramayya Krishnan is the W. W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems at the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the Dean of the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the founder of the top ranked Masters of Information Systems and Management program and has led or founded a number of research centers with industry and federal research funding on topics at the nexus of technology and society. He currently directs the Block Center for Technology and Society which studies AI, its responsible deployment, and its implications for the future of work. In addition to this work at the university, Krishnan works closely with senior leaders in public and private sectors. He is leading the CMU task force supporting Gov. Wolf on economic recovery and reopening and is advisor to Asian Development Bank on Technology and Development. More information about Krishnan is available at https://www.heinz.cmu.edu/faculty-research/profiles/krishnan-ramayya.

Ramayya Krishnan served as the 2019 president of INFORMS. He was previously also President of the INFORMS Computing Society and the INFORMS Information Systems Society. His service to INFORMS includes service as Department Editor of multiple journals including Management Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing and Interfaces. Krishnan is an INFORMS Fellow and an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

During his term as President, Krishnan led the formulation of the AI strategy for INFORMS with an outstanding group of colleagues on the board and an ad hoc strategy committee.  He established links between INFORMS and the computer science community in support of the AI strategy and was actively involved in policy advocacy related to the important role that Operations Research and analytics have played and could play in the national AI strategy.  The multi-dimensional strategy called for the launch of a data science journal, more active advocacy and participation by INFORMS in the national AI Policy and Research initiatives, and partnerships with other communities (e.g., computer science) who work in complimentary and adjacent fields.  The INFORMS Journal on Data Science was launched during his term as President as were partnerships with the computing science community via the NSF-funded computing community consortium (CCC). These strategic foundations should stand INFORMS in good stead to contribute to and benefit from the opportunities that have been created through the passage of the AI Innovation Act in 2020.