University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Science


Data science is the centerpiece of the University of Rochester's 2013-2018 strategic plan. At the Goergen Institute for Data Science, Rochester researchers are harnessing the potential of data in ways that will transform knowledge, discovery, and innovation in the 21st century.


Latest news in data science


  • The Daily Dot
    Rochester’s first data science graduates delve into big data

    The inaugural crop of students in Rochester’s new data science programs—at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels—are completing their first year of study at the Goergen Institute for Data Science, a program of the Schools of Arts & Sciences. Some are completing their degrees, having finished a year of graduate study or having gotten started early by taking prerequisites for an undergraduate degree. Others are just beginning. But what unites them all is an enthusiasm for discovering ways to make the most of information.

  • University of Rochester Pilot Award Program
    Collaborative Pilot Award Program in Health Data Analytics: Request for Pilot Award Applications

    The purpose of this initial Pilot Award Program by the Goergen Institute for Data Science is to promote new cross campus, multidisciplinary collaborations with a goal to utilize data to predict and improve health outcomes. Application deadline: May 31, 2016

  • Twitter Facial Analysis Reveals Demographics of Presidential Campaign Followers

    The University of Rochester's Yu Wang and his research team have analyzed the Twitter follower demographics of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They study both candidates’ followers, their user names, geographical information and each follower’s number of followers to determine their influence.

  • Drinking Habits
    Data mining Instagram feeds can point to teenage drinking patterns

    Using photos and text from Instagram, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester has shown that this data can not only expose patterns of underage drinking more cheaply and faster than conventional surveys, but also find new patterns, such as what alcohol brands or types are favored by different demographic groups.

  • Ehsan Hoque
    NSF announces first NSF Research Traineeship awards

    IDS' Henry Kautz is among one of the principal investigators awarded with the NSF Research Traineeship awards. Each project addresses an interdisciplinary topic of national importance.

  • Pamela and Robert Goergen
    Robert and Pamela Goergen Commit $11 Million to Institute for Data Science

    The Goergens’ support is the latest multimillion-dollar commitment to the University’s Data Science Initiative, the centerpiece of Rochester’s five-year strategic plan. In recognition of the Goergens’ commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

  • university leaders standing around sign that reads $1,206,508,910
    Meliora Challenge Surpasses $1.2 Billion Initial Goal

    The University of Rochester’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. The campaign’s primary objective was achieved thanks in part to an $11 million commitment from Robert and Pamela Goergen to the University’s Institute for Data Science.

  • Henry Kautz installed as Wentworth Director of Institute for Data Science

    Henry Kautz installed as the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Institute for Data Science. The Wentworths, University of Rochester parents and supporters, have committed $3 million to endow the directorship.

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Data science is the creation and application of powerful new methods to collect, curate, analyze, and make discoveries from large-scale data.


Research in data science


The University of Rochester is advancing basic and applied research in data science. Interdisciplinary teams across computer science, medicine, and all the sciences are harnessing the power of Big Data to improve our health, create new industries, and expand fundamental knowledge.

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Data Science and Economic Development


The Rochester, N.Y. region and New York State are poised to be national leaders in analyzing and commercializing the limitless uses of data to improve the quality of life and fuel economic growth.

New York State recently provided support to create a new Rochester Center of Excellence in Data Science (CoE) at the University of Rochester. Complementing the Institute of Data Science, its goals are to leverage basic research, training, and technology development in this field and to drive regional economic development.

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April 12, 2016—RocHackHealth, a health care data hackathon hosted by the University of Rochester CTSI