2021 Winner Map from Loonibha Manandhar - Population Exposure Sea Level Rise

Salty Farms

Pinki Mondal, DSI Resident Faculty, and her students’ work are part of a multi-institutional team using satellite and drone imagery to spot barren salt patches on Delmarva farms.

Photo by Evan Krape

Degree Program of the Future

UD’s College of Engineering will offer a unique cybersecurity engineering undergraduate degree starting in the fall semester of 2022 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We’re a leader in the game,” said Kenneth Barner, Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering and DSI Affiliate Faculty who, along with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Nektarios Tsoutsos, was a driving force behind the new degree program.

2021 Winner Map from Loonibha Manandhar - Population Exposure Sea Level Rise

Delaware Career and Technical Education

UD researchers, including DSI Faculty Council member Henry May, are partnering with the Delaware Department of Education on an investigation of students’ equitable access and outcomes related to career and technical education throughout the state of Delaware.

In the past year, Arthi Jayaraman, Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Education in the College of Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, won an Impact Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was appointed deputy editor of a journal published by the American Chemical Society. Photo by Evan Krape.

Food Insecurity

UD Professor and DSI Resident Faculty Kyle Davis is part of a research group that recently published a study showing that increased competition for crops for other uses means a smaller fraction of harvested calories are available to feed people. As a consequence, harvests of crops for direct food use will be insufficient to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SD2) of food security for all by 2030.

Photo by Lisa Tossey

Coastal Inundation

DSI Affiliated Faculty, John Callahan, and DSI Faculty Council member, Dan Leathers, examine how the Mid-Atlantic coast is impacted by tropical and non-tropical weather events.

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

Photo by Evan Krape

Faculty promotions announced

A number of DSI faculty have been promoted, among them Resident Faculty Federica Bianco and Gregory Dobler, and Affiliated Faculty Jeffrey Buler, Mieke Eeckhaut, Hui Fang, Lena Mashayekhy, Teomara Rutherford, Frank Schroeder.

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


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.