Concept: Faculty Research Matching with NLP and ML

Proposed by Luigi Rodrigues, Haas MBA student, start-up founder, and data-x advisor:
This project supports a startup idea, which is to create an effective matching algorithm to find the best academic professors/researchers in a specific domain.
Example: Given a specific knowledge area (e.g.: “information asymmetry in financial markets” or “building a social venture in sub-Saharan Africa“) I would like to be able to suggest what are the 10 BEST professors to teach or do consulting on these subjects.
The main objective is to help organizations to find the specific knowledge they need and potentially hire professors for consulting, teaching or speech work. My hypothesis is that it is possible to design this with the current information professors already have on their personal pages, publications, Google scholar, citations and so on.

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