Beyond knowing how things are,
There is no other understanding.
A Song on the Six Perfections, Milarepa
I am an associate professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering (ORIE) at Cornell, as well as a field member in Departments of Computer Science, ECE, and the Center for Applied Mathematics.
I work on topics at the intersection of data-driven decision-making and stochastic control, economics and computation, and large-scale network algorithms. Some of my current research interests include:
Prior to Cornell, I received my PhD from the ECE Department at UT Austin, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford MS&E. I also served as technical consultant at Lyft in 2014-18, where I helped develop and implement Lyft’s primetime pricing; the following tutorial and book chapter give an overview of my work on ridesharing platforms.
But above all
Always above all else: how does one act
If one believes what you say?
- The Doubter, Bertolt Brecht
Again and as always,
and as seen above
there are no questions more urgent
than the naive ones.
- The Turn of the Century, Wislawa Szymborska
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then someday far in the future,
you will gradually, without noticing,
live your way into the answer.
- Letters to a Young Poet #4, Rainer Maria Rilke
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you are seeing for the first time.
- Ithaka, Constantine Cavafy
We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
- Little Gidding (from the Four Quartets), T. S. Eliot
Don't worry about the overall importance of the problem;
work on it if it looks interesting.
I think there's probably a sufficient correlation
between interest and importance.
- David Blackwell
Sid Banerjee is an associate professor in the School of Operations Research at Cornell, working on topics at the intersection of data-driven decision-making, network algorithms and market design.
His research is supported by grants from the NSF (including an NSF CAREER award, as well as CNS 1955997, CNS 1952011 and DMS 1839346), the ARL Network Sciences division, and Engaged Cornell. His work has received several awards, including the Erlang Prize, and the INFORMS APS Best Publication Award.
Before coming to Cornell, Sid received his PhD from the ECE Department at UT Austin, and was a postdoctoral researcher in the Social Algorithms Lab at Stanford. He served as a technical consultant with the research science group at Lyft.