Industrial Affiliates Program

IA Program Directors

IA Program Members

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Baidu Research

Co-located in Silicon Valley and Beijing, Baidu Research brings together top talent from around the world to focus on future-looking fundamental research in artificial intelligence. Our research directions include deep learning, computer vision, speech recognition and synthesis, natural language understanding, data mining and knowledge discovery, business intelligence, artificial general intelligence, high performance computing, robotics and autonomous driving.

Contact: Le Van La (

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BlackRock is a leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients worldwide. At December 31, 2014, BlackRock's AUM was $4.652 trillion. BlackRock helps clients meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares(r) (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions(r). Headquartered in New York City, as of December 31, 2014, the firm had approximately 12,200 employees in more than 30 countries and is a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa.

Contact: Brad Betts (

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Citadel is a leading investor in the world’s financial markets. For over a quarter of a century, we have sought to deliver industry-leading investment returns to clients including corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, public institutions, and sovereign wealth funds. Our global team works to help our clients' capital fulfill its greatest potential across a diverse range of markets and investment strategies, including fixed income and macro, equities, quantitative, commodities and credit.

Contact: Aaron Leist (

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Citadel Securities

Citadel Securities is a leading global market maker, delivering a broad array of fixed income and equity products to banks, broker-dealers, government agencies, corporations, insurers, and sovereign wealth funds. Through innovation and efficiency, the firm provides liquidity with the goal of driving price discovery in more than 35 countries and making markets more competitive, open, and transparent. Since its founding more than 15 years ago, Citadel Securities has cultivated a culture of excellence, assembling the brightest minds in trading, technology, and the sciences to make better markets for a better world.

Contact: Fabian Figi (


Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google is now recognized as the world's largest search engine, and its utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best known brands. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Google employs about 20,000 people. Google's technology draws on various fields, and areas of mutual interest between Google and the Stanford Statistics Department include, e.g., data mining.

Contact: Carrie Grimes (

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Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 590+ million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet. LinkedIn’s team of data scientists and researchers work with huge amounts of data, solve real problems for our members around the world, and publish at major conferences. Areas of common interest between the Stanford Statistics Department and LinkedIn include machine learning, A/B testing and observational causal inference, data and graph mining, statistical forecasting, and much more.

Contact: Ya Xu (

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Munich Re

Munich Re is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, primary insurance, and insurance-related risk solutions. Innovation power, unrivalled expertise in all aspects of risk and a sound financial footing: these are the strengths Munich Re stands for when customers face extraordinary risks. As pioneers in risk assessment, we drive the digital transformation of the global insurance landscape, expanding products and services as new forms of risk emerge. From space rocket launches to cyberattacks to pandemics, we take care of risks while our clients take care of business. We are taking on risks of every type and complexity. Our consistent risk management, financial stability, and client proximity make us a much sought-after, trusted business partner. Areas of common interest between the Stanford Statistics Department and Munich Re include, e.g., distribution-free uncertainty quantification.

Contact: Michael Berger (

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Splunk Inc. turns data into doing with the Data-to-Everything Platform. Splunk technology is designed to investigate, monitor, analyze and act on data at any scale.

Several members of the Algorithms team are Stanford grads and the team is partnering with academia for research, recruiting, and collaboration.

Contact: Dawn Manley (

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Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is an e-commerce start-up that is changing the way we shop. The company combines the art of fashion with the science of data and algorithms to bring personal styling to a broad market of consumers across the US. By combining statistical learning techniques with expert-human judgment, the styling service is able to commit to its recommendations through the physical delivery of merchandise to clients.

Contact: Eric Colson (

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Two Sigma Investments, LLC

We are a technology company that applies a rigorous, scientific method-based approach to investment management. Since our founding in 2001, Two Sigma's vision has been to develop technological innovations that intelligently analyze the world's data to consistently deliver value for our clients. Our technology – inspired by a diverse set of fields including artificial intelligence and distributed computing – and our commitment to Research & Development aim to ensure that our methods are constantly improving and advancing.

Contact: Leighton Symons (