The University of Illinois - Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics

Center Leadership


Robert Brunner

Robert J. Brunner is the director of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics. Brunner is also a professor of accountancy and Arthur Andersen Faculty Fellow at Gies College of Business. He earned his in astrophysics from John Hopkins University and has held affiliate appointments in the Astronomy, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics, Physics, and Statistics departments; at the Beckman Institute, in the Computational Science and Engineering program; and at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He is also the Data Science Expert in Residence at the Research Park at the University of Illinois.

Brunner’s research focuses on the application of statistical and machine learning to real-world problems. He also helps direct efforts to promote data science across campus and to encourage effective data management, analysis, and visualization techniques.

Advisory Board

  • Sara Klein – Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Beth Mueller – Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP
  • Erica Nelson – Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Scott Rosenfelder – Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP