UMass Center for Data Science draws representatives from Amazon, Google and more to campus

AMHERST — Well-known businesses and organizations in Massachusetts and beyond are lavishing both time and money on the new Center for Data Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The center, established earlier this year, has received more than $1.5 million worth of computer hardware, cloud computing infrastructure, data sets and research funding from companies including Amazon, Google, MassMutual, Microsoft Research, Oracle Labs, Thomson Reuters and Yahoo, according to Andrew McCallum, director of the new center. “The center is only six months old,” McCallum wrote in an email to the Gazette. “We are still ramping up. Lots more activity and engagement is yet to come.” Students presented poster projects to representatives of many of those donating companies and others, who came to campus Oct. 21. Amazon’s table was among those…


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