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Cynthia D. Rudin


Professor of Computer Science

Cynthia Rudin is a professor of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and statistical science at Duke University, and directs the Prediction Analysis Lab, whose main focus is in interpretable machine learning. She is also an associate director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). Previously, Prof. Rudin held positions at MIT, Columbia, and NYU. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo, and a PhD from Princeton University. She is a three-time winner of the INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, was named as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by Poets and Quants in 2015, and was named by as one of the 12 most impressive professors at MIT in 2015. She is past chair of both the INFORMS Data Mining Section and the Statistical Learning and Data Science section of the American Statistical Association. She has also served on committees for DARPA, the National Institute of Justice, and AAAI. She has served on three committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, including the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, the Committee on Law and Justice, and the Committee on Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She is a Thomas Langford Lecturer at Duke University during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor of Mathematics
  • Professor of Statistical Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: LSRC D342, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-6555
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. Princeton University, 2004

Research Interests

Machine learning, interpretability and transparency of predictive models, causal inference, energy, criminal justice, healthcare

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 290: Topics in Computer Science
  • COMPSCI 391: Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 393: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 571D: Machine Learning
  • COMPSCI 671D: Machine Learning - Introductory PhD Level
  • COMPSCI 891: Special Readings in Computer Science
  • ECE 590D: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 682D: Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • ECE 687D: Theory and Algorithms for Machine Learning
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • STA 493: Research Independent Study
  • STA 561D: Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • STA 671D: Machine Learning - Introductory PhD Level
  • STA 993: Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Menon, S; Damian, A; Hu, S; Ravi, N; Rudin, C, PULSE: Self-Supervised Photo Upsampling via Latent Space Exploration of Generative Models, Proceedings of the Ieee Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (2020), pp. 2434-2442 [10.1109/CVPR42600.2020.00251] [abs].
  • Awan, MU; Morucci, M; Orlandi, V; Roy, S; Rudin, C; Volfovsky, A, Almost-Matching-Exactly for Treatment Effect Estimation under Network Interference., Corr, vol abs/2003.00964 (2020) [abs].
  • Fisher, A; Rudin, C; Dominici, F, All models are wrong, but many are useful: Learning a variable’s importance by studying an entire class of prediction models simultaneously, Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol 20 (2019) [abs].
  • Wang, F; Rudin, C; Mccormick, TH; Gore, JL, Modeling recovery curves with application to prostatectomy., Biostatistics (Oxford, England), vol 20 no. 4 (2019), pp. 549-564 [10.1093/biostatistics/kxy002] [abs].
  • Rudin, C, Do Simpler Models Exist and How Can We Find Them?, Proceedings of the 25th Acm Sigkdd International Conference on Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining (2019) [10.1145/3292500.3330823] [abs].