Schulich professor earns Minister’s Award of Excellence for developing COVID-19 dashboard

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Schulich School of Business Professor Murat Kristal has received a Minister’s Award of Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. He was recognized for developing an analytics dashboard to provide daily insights into the spread of COVID-19 in countries around the world. This vital information helps policymakers, healthcare administrators and public health officials make evidence-based decisions.

Murat Kristal
Murat Kristal

“I was honoured to receive this award,” said Kristal. “This was a team initiative that was supported by our Deloitte Cognitive Analytics and Visualization Lab.

Kristal is director of the Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) Program and the Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) Program at Schulich.

“Both Hjalmar Turesson, PhD (Deloitte data scientist) and David Elsner, MBA (instructor with the MBAN and MMAI programs) played an important role in building and developing this dashboard and we should acknowledge their efforts as well,” Kristal said.

The Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Award of Excellence recognizes educators for their dedication to their local community, their students and the broader postsecondary education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.