DSI Distinguished Lecture

John Younger

John Younger

Vice President for Science and Technology
University City Science Center


January 28, 2020
10:30am – 12:00pm
Gore Hall – Room 104


The Data Science Institute will be sponsoring a full day symposium at the University of Delaware STAR Tower Audion on February 12, 2020. This event will be the formal kick-off meeting for the DARWIN (Delaware Advanced Research Workforce and Innovation Network) High Performance Computing (HPC) resource.

Register to present a poster and/or attend today!

Cathy Wu-Hui Fang

New IEEE Fellows

Rudi Eigenmann, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering and DSI Faculty Council Member, DiCos Core Director and Chair, DSI Infrastructure Working Group has been named a Fellow of IEEE (formerly known as The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Professor Eigenmann was named a Fellow for contributions to compilers for high-performance computing. 

Cathy Wu-Hui Fang

Mapping Soil Moisture in High Definition

Rodrigo Vargas, Associate Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Environmental Change and DSI Faculty Council Member, and doctoral student Mario Guevara have developed a new, more accurate way to map predicted soil moisture, even in areas where no data have been available.

Cathy Wu-Hui Fang

Switching Cereals

DSI Resident Faculty and Assistant Professor in the departments of Geography & Spatial Sciences and Plant & Soil Sciences, Kyle Davis, led a study that shows how India can improve nutrition, climate resilience, and the environment by diversifying its crop production.

Cathy Wu-Hui Fang

Bringing It Down To Earth

Two unlikely UD collaborators — an engineer and a journalist — teamed up to develop a program that helps UD students explain their research in terms mere mortals might understand. The five-part “Words For Nerds” seminar was developed by Joshua Zide, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and DSI Affiliated Faculty, Dawn Fallik, Associate Professor of English, to give graduate students training and practice in the art of explaining complex ideas to street-level audiences.

Minerals, Materials and Society Spring Courses

A new suite of online and short intensive courses in winter and spring are being offered as part of the new Graduate Certificate in Minerals, Materials and Society. You do NOT have to be enrolled in program to take courses – all welcome!!! They are offered at 600 level for grad students and undergrads can take 400 level versions or take the 600 level ones with permission form signed by advisor.

The online offerings in spring are part of our new MOU with University of Queensland, Australia. Courses are taken as regular UD courses but offered online by Australian faculty.

Cathy Wu-Hui Fang

Mapping Data

Graduate student Abdul Qadir puts love of geography to use through data science. Qadir is a master’s student in data science program and a research assistant for Pinki Mondal, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, and DSI resident faculty.

Hagit Shatkay

Machine Learning in Financial Services

A recent UD conference “Machine Learning in Financial Services”, organized by Institute for Financial Services Analytics (IFSA), connected industry and academia to consider the possibilities. Dr. Bintong Chen, a DSI Resident Faculty is Director of the IFSA and Faculty Director for the financial services analytics (FSAN) doctoral program.

A ‘Momentous Day’ for University of Delaware Research


Launch of Data Science Institute adds major collaborative muscle

UD President Dennis Assanis speaks at the symposium on the future of data science at UD.


Serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze and coordinate data science initiatives at UD

  • Coalesce researchers around Data Science research themes
  • Develop competitive Data Science research programs
  • Support Data Science and Computing Core Facility
  • Engage students in Data Science research
  • Collaborate with government and industry partners

Institutional Strengths

As the vast resource of new and diverse datasets are rapidly becoming available in nearly every aspect of life, data science has the potential to advance human understanding in all branches of science and humanities, and, address grand challenges facing society. The Institute plans to combine disparate, dynamic, and distributed datasets and enable everything from predicting the future behavior of complex systems to precise medical treatments, smart energy usage, and focused educational curricula.

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Open Faculty Positions

UD invites applications for open-rank faculty positions in Data Sciences beginning in fall 2018.


Resources and Funding Support

  • Seed funding to support team-based research center grants, infrastructure grants and training grants
  • Support researchers to identify cross-disciplinary collaborators and access to Data Science & Computing Core Facility
  • Provide an inventory of data resources, computational tools, and data science-related courses/degree programs

Team Building and Networking

  • Networking Events: Connecting faculty, students, industry
  • Annual Research Symposium
  • Seminars / Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Research Workshops
  • Short Courses and Training: Collaborating with academic programs
  • Industry Engagement: Collaborating with OEIP and Horn Program

Data Science in the News

Data Analytics Programs Take Off

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Prepare Undergrads for Data-Driven Workplace

Academic Institutions Should Prepare Undergraduates for a Data-Driven Workplace, New Report Recommends WASHINGTON – All U.S. undergraduate students should develop a basic understanding of data science to prepare them adequately for the workforce, says a...

Our Mission

The Institute aims to accelerate research in data science, serving as a nucleating effort to catalyze interdisciplinary research collaborations across fields impacting our society.