Elena Zheleva is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research spans machine learning, causal inference, graph mining, and privacy. She has presented her research at top-tier conferences , and is the co-author of the book "Privacy in Social Networks."
Prior to joining UIC, Elena spent a few years in industry as a data scientist, working on large-scale recommender systems and social network incentives. She built and led the data science team at LivingSocial, and later was a principal data scientist at Vox Media.
She was also a policy fellow in the federal government for a year, contributing to U.S. initiatives at the intersection of data science and public policy. Elena earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011.