Data Science Initiative (DSI)

Data Science — the methodical extraction of knowledge from data — ties together hundreds of existing disciplines to help scientists, engineers, physicians, professionals and researchers of virtually every background create new efficiencies and design smart solutions in real-time.

As a globally recognized leader in interdisciplinary research, Boston University is committed and uniquely positioned to be a forerunner in this rapidly expanding and evolving field.

The Initiative

Launched in the summer of 2014 by University Provost Jean Morrison, Boston University’s Data Science Initiative (DSI) seeks both to leverage BU’s existing strengths and further expand its capacity to compete and lead in the Big Data revolution.

At the core of DSI is an effort to recruit some of the world’s finest interdisciplinary faculty with proven track records in data science and strong potential for long-term impact at BU and beyond. Anchored at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering, the Initiative supports the hiring of a cohort of faculty members who will complement and expand BU’s footprint in data science research.

As a hub for high-impact collaborative research that applies data-driven solutions to real-world problems, the Hariri Institute is exceptionally equipped to lead the expansion of BU’s data science capacity, in coordination with cognate academic departments and research centers. The Hariri Institute provides a unique environment and a common space that encourages DSI faculty to connect, cross-disciplinary lines, and pursue game-changing research outside traditional departmental settings.


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