As “big data” plays a growing role in business decisions around the world, graduates who combine solid business strategy with an in-depth knowledge of computer science, statistics and analytics will be uniquely positioned to make an impact.
Data Science Institute
The online ad that led you to your new favorite pair of shoes might seem innocuous, but according to University of Virginia Associate Professor of Economics and Computer Science Denis Nekipelov, the algorithms behind such ads could lead to an unforeseen financial crash – something he hopes his research will prevent.
Over the past five years, scores of universities around the country have introduced master’s-level data science programs, but few universities approach data science the way the University of Virginia does.
In May, the Data Science Institute graduated 44 students with the University of Virginia’s first master’s degrees in data science.
Computer scientists, engineers and researchers are finding that work involving “big data” increasingly lands at the intersection of disciplines.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named University of Virginia astronomer Shane Davis as a Sloan Research Fellow for 2015.
The University of Virginia’s Applied Research Institute has signed an agreement with the Navy Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to support a variety of research efforts, including work in the area of cyber security and big data analytics, and to provide executive education to military and civilian leaders working with the agency.
University of Virginia cell biologist Rick Horwitz has been named executive director of a new $100 million institute created by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to investigate and model the complex living machinery of cells. The ultimate goal is to advance understanding, at the cellular level, of a range of diseases and regenerative strategies, from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.
A Distinguished Lecture Series in Data Science, organized to showcase the cutting edge of data analytics and data-driven research at large corporations and government organizations, begins Friday at 3:30 p.m. when Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, an online real estate marketplace, discusses his company’s perspectives on data science in Rice Hall, room 130.