Dr. Anandasivam Gopal is an Associate Professor and Van Munching Faculty Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Anand Gopal's research focuses on the use of large datasets and text analysis in addressing economic questions of interest in the IT industry, retail sector, and entrepreneurship. He combines data analytics with econometrics and statistics to address questions like firm survival, competition, venture capital investments, and firm performance. He collaborates with firms in the retail, e-commerce, software, and services outsourcing sectors. He has a Ph.D in information systems and economics from Carnegie Mellon University.