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Forecasting Urbanization

Congratulations to DSI Resident Faculty, Jing Gao on having her paper listed as one of the top 50 papers in earth and environmental science for 2020 with over 9000 downloads and Altimetric score of over 120. The paper entitled “Mapping global urban land for the 21st century with data-driven simulations and Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” has been published in and discusses how data science drives new maps to predict the growth of cities over next century.


Environmental Monitoring

DSI Director Cathy Wu along with DSI Faculty Council member Xiao-Hai Yan serve as the science principal investigators on a project funded by NASA EPSCoR where researchers at the UD are developing a remote sensing big data center in Delaware for cutting-edge coastal and environmental change research. Interdisciplinary co-investigators include: DSI Faculty Council members Dan Leathers and Rodrigo Vargas, DSI Resident Faculty Pinki Mondal, DSI Affiliated Faculty Tracy DeLiberty and UD Faculty A.R. Siders.

Abhyudai Singh is a mathematical biologist and associate professor at the University of Delaware, who studies and models biochemical processes inside living cells. Photo by Ambre Alexander.

Illicit Mineral Trade

DSI Resident Faculty members Federica Bianco, Kyle Davis, Xi Peng and Affiliated Faculty members Saleem Ali and Dawn Fallik along with UD Faculty Julie Klinger are part of a interdisciplinary team of researchers at UD attempting, for the first time, to map and model the flow of global energy-critical minerals based on original research in several source, transit, and destination countries.


Indian Agriculture

Pinki Mondal, DSI Resident Faculty and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences, says groundwater depletion could reduce winter cropped acreage significantly in years ahead.

Please join us for the Data Science Community Hour, with weekly in-depth technical discussions, presentations, tutorials, or meet-ups form the community of data science researchers (student, staff, or faculty) and educators.

The Data Science Community Hour will be held Thursdays at 4:30-5:30PM during the spring semester. 

Cathy Wu, Unidel Edward G. Jefferson Chair in Engineering and Computer Science, during a break at UD’s recent Data Science Symposium.

Data Science Leader

Cathy Wu, director of UD’s Data Science Institute, discusses the future of this fast-growing field and the work of the DSI Resident Faculty

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.


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

Colleges are working to meet demand for big data analysis with burgeoning degree and non-degree programs.  To keep up with the explosion of big data across all industries, college and universities have debuted dozens of data analytics programs during the past few...

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.