A statistician and a computer scientist have been awarded the dual responsibility of leading Harvard's new Data Science Initiative.
Spanning several University departments, the initiative will be led by Francesca Dominici, professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and David C. Parkes, George F. Colony Professor and area dean for computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Data science acts as an intersection between the statistical and computational sciences.
Far from being a discipline which only relates to one or two fields, data science stands to revolutionize almost every empirical scholarly field, and is having a profound effect on a wide range of practical areas including business and commerce, government and politics, pure and applied science and engineering, medicine and public health, law, education, design, and many others.
Data scientists themselves play an integral role in growing our economy, making our cities smarter, improving healthcare, and promoting civic engagement. All these activities – and more – are catalyzed by the partnership between new methodologies in research and the expertise and vision to develop real-world applications.
Harvard's new initiative promises to extract powerful insights from the data each of us generates on a daily basis.
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