University Of Michigan Launches Big Data Science Initiative

By Christine Kern, contributing writer The initiative will target health, transportation, social science, and learning analytics. Big Data has the potential to fundamentally alter the healthcare landscape, and now the University of Michigan has announced it is launching a $100 million Big Data Science Initiative targeting health, transportation, social science, and learning analytics to tap into Big Data’s potential. The initiative includes hiring 35 new faculty members, supporting interdisciplinary data-related research initiatives, and fostering new methodological approaches to Big Data. U-M provost Martha Pollack explained, “Data science has become a fourth approach to scientific discovery, in addition to experimentation, modeling and computation. To spur innovation while providing focus, the DSI will launch challenge initiatives in four critical interdisciplinary areas that build on our existing strengths in transportation research, health sciences,…


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