Jack Dunn

Ph.D. Candidate, Operations Research Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact: jack.dunn.nz at gmail, Github, LinkedIn

About Me

I am a fourth-year doctoral candidate at the Operations Research Center at MIT advised by Dimitris Bertsimas. My primary research interest is the intersection of modern optimization with problems of statistics and machine learning, with the goal of developing new methods that significantly improve upon the state of the art.

Other interests include:

  • robust and data-driven optimization,
  • data analytics,
  • decision-making under uncertainty.

Alongside my research, I am a contributor to various open-source projects. I am the lead developer of the OpenSolver add-in, which enables open-source optimization within Microsoft Excel (230,000+ downloads) and Google Sheets (13,000 weekly active users). I also contribute to the JuliaOpt suite of packages that enable optimization in the Julia programming language.

I have previously worked as an intern at Google, and I obtained my undergraduate degree (B.E. (Hons)) in Engineering Science from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Journal Articles
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn. "Optimal Classification Trees". Machine Learning, 2017. (DOI) (preprint)
    • Winner of the MIT ORC Best Student Paper award, 2016
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, C. Pawlowski, Y. Zhuo. "Robust Classification". Informs Journal on Optimization, to appear.
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, G. Velmahos, H. Kaafarani. Surgical Risk is Not Linear: Derivation and Validation of a Novel, User-Friendly, and Machine-Learning-based Predictive, OpTimal-Trees-in-Emergency-Surgery, Risk (POTTER) Calculator. Annals of Surgery, to appear.
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, C. Pawlowski, J. Silberholz, A. Weinstein, Y. Zhuo, E. Chen, A. Elfiky. An Applied Informatics Decision Support Tool for Mortality Predictions in Cancer Patients. JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, to appear.
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, N. Mundru. Optimal Prescriptive Trees. Under review.
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, E. Gibson, A. Orfanoudaki. Optimal Survival Trees. Under review.
  • D. Bertsimas, J. Dunn, T. Trikalinos, Y. Wang. Improved Triaging of Diagnostic Computed Tomography for Children After Head Trauma. Submitted.