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Working Groups

Leading Data Science researchers and program representatives from the Faculty Council lead these four Working Groups to guide DSI operations.

To foster the development of multidisciplinary research collaborations and competitive grant submissions, including large team-based funding competitions and grants engaging government and industry partners

  • Identify targeted funding opportunities
  • Develop research seed grant mechanisms
  • Co-host research symposia in priority areas
  • Drive research initiatives and team science

Co-Chair

Cathy Wu
College of Engineering (COE), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chair, DSI Faculty Council
Co-Chair, Research Working Group
Professor, Computer & Information Sciences
Founding Director, Data Science Institute
wuc@udel.edu

Co-Chair

Benjamin Bagozzi
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Co-Chair, Research Working Group
Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations
bagozzib@udel.edu
https://www.benjaminbagozzi.com/

 

Members

Jeffrey Buler
Professor, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

Shanshan Ding
Assistant Professor, Applied Economics and Statistics

Gregory Dobler
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Xiao Fang
Professor, Management Information Systems

Mina Ostovari
Lead Research Investigator, Christiana Care Health Services, Inc.

Ilya Safro
Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Rodrigo Vargas
Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences

Eric Wommack
Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Senior Assoc. Vice President for Research, Research Office

Support research by facilitating training and development opportunities

  • Create training opportunities for interdisciplinary groups
  • Collect and leverage existing resources on and off campus
  • Identify and support development of sponsored training grants
  • Provide a structured environment for above

Co-Chair

Susan Conaty-Buck
College of Health Sciences (CHS)
Co-Chair, Training Working Group
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
sconaty@udel.edu
https://sites.udel.edu/nursing/susan-conaty-buck-dnp-aprn-fnp-c/

Co-Chair

Karen Hoober

Workforce Development Director, Data Science Institute
Co-Chair, Training Working Group
khoober@udel.edu


 

Members

Adam Davey
Professor, Behavioral Health and Nutrition

Vu Dinh
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences

Karen Hoober
Associate Director, Graduate Education & Outreach, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Jennifer Horney
Professor and Director, Epidemiology

Arthi Jayaraman
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Thomas Powers
Associate Professor, Philosophy Dept. and Biden School

Arthur Trembanis
Associate Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy

Timothy Webb
Assistant Professor, Hospitality Business Management

Xiao-Hai Yan
Mary A. S. Lighthipe Chair Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy

Identify, procure, and help manage data and compute infrastructure in support of data science


Co-Chair

Rudolf Eigenmann
College of Engineering (COE)
Co-Chair, Infrastructure Working Group
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Director, Center for Data-intensive and Computational Science (DiCoS)
eigenman@udel.edu
http://www.ece.udel.edu/research/by-faculty.Rudolf.Eigenmann.html

Co-Chair

Sunita Chandrasekaran
College of Engineering (COE)
Associate Professor, Computer & Information Sciences
Co-Chair, Infrastructure Working Group
schandra@udel.edu
https://www.eecis.udel.edu/~schandra/

 

Members

Benjamin Bagozzzi
Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations

Chuming Chen
Associate Professor, Computer & Info Sciences

Julie Cowart
Software Engineer, Data Science Institute

John Huffman
Director, IT – Research Cyberinfrastructure

Annie Johnson
Library Assistant Director, Library

Anita Schwartz
Scientific Appl Consultant IV, IT-Client Support & Services

Rodrigo Vargas
Associate Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences

  • Establish Data Science Distinguished Lecture Series and co-sponsor lectures
  • Host and co-sponsor training workshops and networking events
  • Promote visibility and engagement via local/national media and social media
  • Engage industry & government partners
  • Host meetings, seminars, brownbag lunches to share research, incubate ideas and promote networking of faculty, students, partners

Co-Chair

John Gizis
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Co-Chair, Networking & External Relations Working Group
Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Associate Director, Data Science Institute
gizis@udel.edu
http://www.physics.udel.edu/~gizis/

Co-Chair

Henry May
College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Co-Chair, Networking & External Relations Working Group
Associate Professor, School of Education
Director, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy
hmay@udel.edu
http://www.cresp.udel.edu/

 

Members

Saleem Ali
Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor, Geography & Spatial Sciences and Biden School of Public Policy & Administration

Benjamin Bagozzi
Associate Professor, Political Science & International Relations

Michael Blaustein
Business Specialist РCorporate Partnerships, Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships

Rich Braun
Professor, Mathematical Sciences

Bintong Chen
Director, Lerner College of Business & Economics

Susan Conaty-Buck
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Gregory Dobler
Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Martin Heintzelman
Professor and Department Chair, Applied Economics and Statistics

Karen Hoober
Associate Director, Graduate Education & Outreach, Center for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology

Tom Ilvento
Professor, Applied Economics & Statistics 

Allison Karpyn
Associate Director, Center for Research in Education & Social Policy Assistant Professor of Education, Behavioral Health & Nutrition, Behavioral Health & Nutrition

Dan Leathers
Professor, Geography

Eric Wommack
Professor of Environmental Microbiology
Senior Assoc. Vice President for Research, Research Office

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.