Mission

   Data is pervasive in today's world.  Everything can be sensed, from the environment that surrounds us to the health of the cells within us, adding to the massive amounts of online and mobile data generated each month.  The Data Science Institute at Columbia University is developing technology to unlock the power of global data to help solve some of society's most challenging problems.  It will develop the tools and talent to monitor and protect the critical infrastructure we depend upon, improve societal health and patient care, enhance communication and interactions within communities, predict financial failures, and keep personal data safe.  The Institute seeks to forge closer collaborations between faculty already at the University promoting interdisciplinary research in data science that advances both theory and application.  The Institute has a mandate to attract new faculty, to educate interdisciplinary graduate students interested in problems related to big data and data-driven approaches, and to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners.  Equally important in this mission is supporting and encouraging entrepreneurial ventures emerging from the research. 

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:

  • Engineering
  • Arts & Science
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Architecture
  • International & Public Affairs
  • Medical School
  • Public Health
  • Law


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