University of Michigan launches 0M Data Science Initiative to boost research opportunities

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — The University of Michigan will invest $100 million over the next five years to create opportunities for students and faculty researchers to tap into the potential of “big data” from a wide spectrum of fields. The new Data Science Initiative will involve hiring 35 faculty members, supporting data-related research and providing opportunities to students pursuing careers in data science. The school also plans to expand its research computing capacity, as well as strengthen its data management, storage, analytics and training resources. President Mark Schlissel says “big data” can provide “dramatic insights” into a range of sciences, from medicine to economics to social behavior. The university’s chief academic officer, Provost Martha Pollack, calls it a critical approach to scientific discovery, along with experiments, modeling and computation. “To…


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