Data science, the study of obtaining value from data, is a fastemerging and distinctive field. It is driven by experts in several domains, computer scientists and statisticians who create and use increasingly sophisticated languages, tools, and methodologies that enable datadriven decision making and problem solving. This diverse set of applications and tools, driven by domainoriented challenges of our increasingly datacentric world, can often be translated and adapted for use in other fields, such as astronomy and astrophysics, economics, public policy, and cancer research.

In a way that is distinctive to the University of Chicago’s rigorous academic culture, researchers across the University not only develop new tools and techniques in their respective domains, they also consider the theoretical underpinnings of each new approach. This creates a natural ecosystem in which applications are developed across fields while simultaneously establishing a strong theoretical foundation for data science as a discipline, resulting in an accurate and theoretically sound basis for developing and translating existing and new applications.

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Founded in 2021, the Data Science Institute (DSI) executes the University of Chicago’s bold, innovative vision of Data Science as a new discipline. The DSI seeds research on the interdisciplinary frontiers of this emerging field, forms partnerships with industry, government, and social impact organizations, and supports holistic data science education.

The Data Science Institute partners with the UChicago Department of Computer Science and the UChicago Department of Statistics, and is co-located with UChicago CS in the John Crerar Library Building. But the scope of DSI stretches beyond these departments, facilitating research partnerships and programming for all UChicago divisions, departments, and schools. DSI is also part of an ambitious, multi-year expansion of computer and data science efforts at the University of Chicago.

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