Academic Advisory Council
Dr. Michael Keller
Vice Provost & University Librarian & Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford
Dr. Keller is the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning, Vice Provost and Ida M. Green University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, publisher of Stanford University Press, as well as the founder of HighWire Press.As university librarian for the past 25 years, Keller has been a national and international leader in transitioning university libraries to digital formats and an advocate for the digital sharing of information resources around the world.
A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2008, Keller was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. In 2014, he was named a Sarum Canon by the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury (UK) Cathedral. Stanford awarded its highest honor, the Cuthbertson Award, to Keller in June of 2015 and in January 2016 the Republic of Estonia gave Keller the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana for his service as a foreigner in support of Estonia and its cultural institutions.
Keller was educated at Hamilton College (biology, music) and then studied musicology at State University of New York at Buffalo (MA and ABD). He earned an MLS from SUNY/Geneseo. He has taught at Cornell University and Stanford University, was guest-professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Frank J. Mulhern
Executive Director, Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University, Ph.D. - Marketing, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Frank Mulhern is Professor, Associate Dean and Department Chair for Integrated Marketing Communications at Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University. He specializes in research on the economics of marketing, the impact of media technology on marketing communications and the role of employees in customer experiences.
Dr. Mulhern conducts research on marketing communications, media technology, the link between employee engagement and marketing, and the impact of economic factors on marketing communications. He has taught numerous courses in Medill’s IMC program including Marketing Management, Integrated Marketing Communications, Media Economics and Technology, Database Marketing, and Marketing Research.
Dr. Mulhern conducts executive education and speaks at corporations and universities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He was previously on the faculty at the Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mulhern his Ph.D. in Marketing from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Larry Birnbaum
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, Ph. D. - Computer Science, Yale University
Dr. Birnbaum is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Northwestern University. His research and teaching focus on applied Artificial Intelligence, natural language processing (NLP), intelligent information systems, social media data analytics, machine learning, with applications to media and journalism. A key focus is on methods for the automatic generation of content by machine, including specifically the automatic generation of narratives from data.
Another important area of Larry's research is intelligent information systems, including models of automatic and contextual search and information diversity. A third focus is on preference predication and recommendation using social media data. More generally, projects in Larry's lab are aimed at automating and supporting all aspects of the "content pipeline," including research, content generation, content distribution, and user interaction with content.
Dr. Birnbaum holds an undergraduate, graduate and PhD degree in Computer Science from Yale University.
Dr. Shailesh Kumar
Chief Data Scientist at the Centre of Excellence in AI/ML, Reliance Jio
Dr. Shailesh Kumar is currently the Chief Data Scientist at the Centre of Excellence in AI/ML, Reliance Jio. He has published over 20 international papers and book chapters and holds more than 20 patents in AI/ML. He was recognized as one of the top 10 data scientists in India in 2015 by Analytics India Magazine.
Dr. Shailesh Kumar was formerly the Vice President at Ola Cabs where he worked on several computer science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and optimization issues in fleet management. He was also the Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Third Leap – an EdTech startup that uses AI to create personalized math guides. Prior to this, Dr. Kumar worked at Google on a variety of products at Google involving Information Retrieval, Enterprise Search, Legal E-Discovery, Natural Language Understanding (Phrase Discovery, Word Sense Disambiguation), Computer Vision, Knowledge Graph Mining, Conversation Modelling, and Deep Learning on Text and Vision. His experience of creating AI based solutions ranges comprises multiple domains including finance, remote sensing, retail, knowledge graph, conversational computing and computer vision.
Dr. Kumar holds a masters and PhD degree in AI from UT-Austin and B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Varanasi.
Dr. Rachel D Mersey
Associate Dean, School of Journalism and Media, Ph. D. - Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School
Dr. Rachel is Associate Dean for Research for the Moody College of Communication, and also holds an appointment in the School of Journalism and Media where she is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor. With more than a decade of experience in higher education and academic administration, she brings a passion for connecting scholarship and professional practice into grant-supported research and projects. She joins Moody College after serving at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications since 2008, most recently as associate dean for research and professor.
As a fellow at the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research, Mersey successfully collaborated across disciplines including serving as a PI on an NSF-funded project, Systematic Content Analysis of Litigation EventS or SCALES, to leverage artificial intelligence to bring transparency to court records.
Mersey is currently collaborating with colleagues to examine the community infrastructure variables that are correlated with healthy local media markets. She is involved with a number of different industry-relevant projects including the examination of factors of media engagement; audience development via social video, and augmented and virtual reality; and podcasting as a means to community building.
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.