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Robert Brunner


Primary Affiliation

Illinois Language and Literacy Initiative


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Department of Accountancy

Phone 244-6099



  • Biography

    Professor Brunner is a professor in the Department of Astronomy and Accountancy, and is also an affiliate faculty member of the Image Formation and Processing Group at Beckman Institute. Robert completed a postdoctoral position at the California Institute of technology. Professor Brunner is now focused on the nascent field of data science and is leading new educational opportunities in data science as well as working with companies as the data science expert in residence at the University of Illinois Research Park.


    • Ph.D., John Hopkins University

  • Research

    Research Interests:

    • Observational Cosmology

    • Information Science

    • Statistical and Machine Learning

    • Advanced Computational Techniques

    • Transient and Variable Phenomena

    The development of data science, the application of machine learning, algorithmic optimization, statistical uncertainty and its incorporation in machine learning, data management, effective visualization, and data storytelling.