Berk Ustun

Assistant Professor



Berk Ustun is an Assistant Professor at the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UCSD. His research lies at the intersection of machine learning, optimization, and human-centered design. In particular, he is interested in developing methods to promote the responsible use of machine learning in medicine, consumer finance, criminal justice, and the physical sciences.

Prior to his appointment at UCSD, Ustun held research positions at Google AI and the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society. He also co-founded Petal, a financial services company that uses machine learning to broaden access to credit in the United States. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and Bachelors in Operations Research and Economics from UC Berkeley.