Violet Chen

Violet Chen

Assistant Professor


Violet (Xinying) Chen received her PhD in Operations Research from the Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Applied Mathematics and Business Administration from Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests center around fairness and ethics in the application of optimization and artificial intelligence to support decisions. Her works explore fairness perspectives from mathematical modeling, machine learning, welfare economics and moral philosophy, and aim to contribute insights about eliciting, formulating and achieving fairness. She has been published in the European Journal of Operational Research.


  • PhD (2022) Carnegie Mellon University (Operations Research)
  • BS (2017) Georgia Institute of Technology (Applied Mathematics; Business Administration)


My research interests are broadly related to fairness and ethics of artificial intelligence. Currently, I work on modeling fairness and equity in optimization, outcome-centric social welfare perspectives of fair machine learning, human-centric aspects of ethical AI with a focus on modeling and inferring moral preferences. Along these directions, I am interested in applications from healthcare, modern transportation (e.g. micromobility) and supply chain finance.

Professional Service

  • INFORMS Education Strategy Committee

Honors and Awards

Jack Howe Fellowship, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2022-2025


MIS637 - Data Analytics and Machine Learning