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Talking with … W. “RP” Raghupathi

Interviews | Nov 02, 2018 |

W. Each week, “Talking with…” introduces you to a different Gabelli School faculty member, administrator, or staff member. This week, get to know W. “RP” Raghupathi, professor of information systems and program director for the MS in Business Analytics and MS in Information Technology programs.

What current research project excites you?
An ongoing research project is applying machine learning to law case analysis in patent cases—this is a challenging problem since legal cases are unstructured text data. The purpose is to analyze cases from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Using text analytics and machine learning, one can extract key information which could eventually help pharmaceutical companies litigate or settle decisions regarding patent cases.

What is the next project for the Center for Digital Transformation?
CDT is focused on encouraging students to work on projects in the Design Lab/AI Lab to get experience.

Are there particular topics or areas in information systems that students are most interested in exploring?
The main areas students are interested in are information security, the Internet of things, and digital transformation.

Can you describe a recent technology or technological advancement that is being used to serve society?
Analytics is being used to support achievement of the SDGs, or Sustainable Development Goals, of the UN in health care, climate change, poverty alleviation, and other areas.

What is one thing that anyone, regardless of background or career, should know about big data?
They should know about data preparation, which must happen before analysis. Identifying what constitutes big data and choosing the right analytical technique is fairly complex. One must be well-versed in the models, methods, and tools of big data analytics.


Fun questions

Favorite neighborhood in Manhattan:
Battery Park

Favorite place in the world:

Would you prefer winter weather to arrive early or stay late?
I’d prefer it to arrive early.

Would you rather go mountain climbing or whitewater rafting?
Neither: I’d rather watch TCM.

Chrome, Firefox, or IE?

Best place to view fall foliage near the Lincoln Center campus:
That would have to be our own plaza.


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