Robert Brunner

Robert Brunner

Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer and Professor of Accountancy and Arthur Andersen Faculty Fellow

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Biography

Robert Brunner is the associate dean for innovation and chief disruption officer at Gies College of Business. He joined the College in 2017 and also serves as professor of accounting and Arthur Andersen fellow. Brunner previously worked in the University of Illinois’ School of Information Science, Department of Astronomy, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He currently holds affiliate appointments in the Departments of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, and Statistics, as well as the Beckman Institute and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He holds a bachelor’s in physics from Purdue University, a PhD in astrophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, and did postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology.

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355 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-6099

bigdog@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Astronomy, John Hopkins University, 1998
  • M.A., Astronomy, John Hopkins University, 1994
  • M.S., Physics, Purdue University, 1992
  • B.S., Physics, Purdue University, 1990

Positions Held

  • Associate Dean for Innovation and Chief Disruption Officer, Gies College of Business, 2019 to present
  • Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, 2017-2018
  • Director, University of Illinois - Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 to present
  • Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017 to present
  • Data Science, Expert in Residence, University of Illinois, Research Park, 2016 to present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois, 2016 to present
  • Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois, 2014-2016
  • Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, 2014 to present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Statistics, University of Illinois, 2014 to present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Informatics Institute, University of Illinois, 2014 to present
  • Faculty Affiliate, National Center for Supercomputering Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois, 2014 to present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois, 2008-2014
  • Faculty Affiliate, Computational Science & Engineering, University of Illinois, 2008 to present

Recent Publications

  • Brunner, R., Biscarri, W., & Zhao, S. (2018). A simple and fast method for computing the Poisson binomial distribution function. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 122 92-100.
  • Brunner, R., Carrasco, M., & Yu, W. (2017). Vizic: A Jupyter-based interactive visualization tool for astronomical catalogs. Astronomy and Computing, 20 128-139.
  • Brunner, R., & Kim, E. (2016). Teaching data science. Procedia Computer Science, 80 1947-1956.

Other Publications

Case Studies

  • Brunner, R., & et, a. (2017). Challenges of workload analysis on large HPC systems; A case study on NCSA Bluewaters. EARC 2017-Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing 2017: Sustainability, Success and Impact.

Working Papers

  • Anand, V., Sougiannis, T., Brunner, R., & Ikegwu, K. The Prediction of Profitability Using Machine Learning.  link >

Honors and Awards

  • Arthur Andersen Faculty Fellow, Department of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 to present

Current Courses

  • Technology and Disruption (ACCY 199)

  • Stat Analyses for Accountancy (ACCY 571) Fundamental knowledge of how to perform statistical analyses useful for leveraging accounting information to solve business problems. After completing this course, students should (1) have a foundational understanding of the statistical analyses underlying data analytics, (2) recognize scenarios and identify appropriate statistical tools for various types of data analysis and (3) use common computer-based tools to perform statistical analyses.

  • Technology and Disruption (BUS 199)

Contact

355 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-244-6099

bigdog@illinois.edu

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