The Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia University strives to be the single world-leading institution in research and education in the theory and practice of the emerging field of data science broadly defined. Equally important in this mission is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurial ventures emerging from the research the Institute conducts. To accomplish this goal, the Institute seeks to forge closer relationships between faculty already at the University, to hire new faculty, to attract interdisciplinary graduate students interested in problems relating to big data, and to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners. The Institute seeks to attract external funding from both federal and industrial sources to support its research and educational mission.
There are 48 founding members of the institute with over 150 affiliated faculty. There are currently nine schools within Columbia that are a part of the Institute:
- Arts & Science
- International & Public Affairs
- Medical School
- Public Health