AI Researcher Russell Hanson Joins NYU McSilver’s AI Hub

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NEW YORK, May 12, 2022 — The NYU McSilver Institute is pleased to announce another important step in the growth of its artificial intelligence hub. Russell Hanson has joined the AI Hub at McSilver as our Senior Director of Research, reporting to Chief AI Officer Minerva Tantoco. The AI Hub has been established to investigate how artificial intelligence-driven (AI) systems can be used to equitably address poverty and challenges relating to race and public health, and to provide thought leadership on the implications.

“Russell Hanson’s deep AI expertise can be applied to McSilver’s research on the challenges of poverty and racial and health inequity,” says Tantoco. “The result will be a great example of AI for social good.”

“I’m excited to work with the team at McSilver as we endeavor to uncover knowledge and help build the next tools to implement AI for good,” says Hanson. “Too often AI is used to put people out of work instead of being put to work to help people. We can apply AI in fair and equitable ways to address social, poverty, and health disparities.”

Hanson has had a long career applying AI to problems in health, medicine, and data science, starting at Harvard Medical School and the Boston Children’s Hospital, where he researched artificial intelligence systems for cancer vaccines and cancer biomarker prediction. He joined the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City leading a research lab and publishing on applications of artificial intelligence and data science in neurodegenerative disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hanson has served as a Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder at several NYC-based AI companies, including Endjinn at Consensys, an Ethereum blockchain AI company; and Augustus Intelligence, building computer vision and automation tools for Fortune 500 companies.

He received a BS degree from Reed College and an MS degree from Georgia Tech. His PhD work was in chemistry at Boston University, and his postdoc work took place at the Danish Technical University.

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Russell W. Hanson
Senior Director, AI Research