University of Michigan Launches 0M Big Data Initiative

The University of Michigan is launching a $100 million big data program that will include hiring new faculty and making new degree options available to students. The new hires include 35 faculty positions over the next four years. The University will also be looking at interdisciplinary research initiatives and aims to develop new methodological approaches to big data. All academic units within the University are supporting the initiative. The school is also launching the Michigan Institute for Data Science to lead research and educational activities in big data. “Data science has become a fourth approach to scientific discovery, in addition to experimentation, modeling, and computation,” said U-M Provost Martha Pollack. “To spur innovation while providing focus, the DSI will launch challenge initiatives in four critical interdisciplinary areas that build on…


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