John Byers


Title: Professor
Office: MCS 295B
Phone: 617-353-8925
Education: PhD, UC Berkeley.  BA, Cornell University


John Byers joined the BU Department of Computer Science in 1999 after completing his Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley and his BA at Cornell University. His research interests are broadly focused on algorithmic and economic aspects of e-commerce, networking, and large-scale data management, striking a balance between theoretical foundations and rigorous data-driven experimentation.

John is Founding Chief Scientist and a member of the Board of Directors at Cogo Labs, a start-up based in Cambridge, MA, where he has had an executive role since the company’s founding (as Adverplex, Inc.) in 2005. Cogo leverages a proprietary technology platform for online advertising, algorithmic marketing, and data analytics to guide incubated portfolio companies from inception to profitability and beyond.

Selected Publications

Georgios Zervas, Davide Proserpio and John W. Byers. The Rise of the Sharing Economy: Estimating the Impact of Airbnb on the Hotel Industry. Journal of Marketing Research, (JMR), October 2017, Vol. 54, No. 5, pp. 687-705.

Harshal Chaudhari, John W. Byers and Evimaria Terzi.  Putting Data in the Driver’s Seat: Optimizing Earnings for On-Demand Ride-Hailing, Proceedings of the 11th ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining, Los Angeles, Feb 2018.

John W. Byers, Michael Mitzenmacher and Georgios Zervas. The Groupon Effect on Yelp Ratings: A Root Cause Analysis. In Proc. of the 13th ACM Conference on Electronic Commerce, Valencia, Spain, June 2012.