Researchers at the University of Rochester showed last year how Twitter can be used to predict how likely it is for a Twitter user to become sick. They have now used Twitter to model how other factors -- social status, exposure to pollution, interpersonal interaction and others -- influence health.
How does Netflix recommend TV shows and movies for you? How does the Center for Disease Control predict the spread of infectious diseases? Why does my computer now only display ads for MBA programs? What are the most dangerous intersections for a cyclist in Los Angeles? All of these questions can be answered by some (relatively) simple big data analysis. Business analytics and big data analysis courses are popping up at MBA programs at a frenzied pace. Florian Zettelmeyer, a professor at Northwesterns Kellogg School of Management, has been pondering the implications for a decade.
The rise of Big Data, an avalanche of computer-generated information across industries, has created an increasing demand for highly skilled business analysts proficient in quantitative analysis with plenty of hands on experience in the field. Simon Business School is responding to rapid change in the ever-growing Big Data world by revamping its existing MS Program in Business Analytics curriculum to address these shifting needs.
All the data in the world means nothing without professionals trained to harness its power. Rochester offers a dozen degree programs in this growing field.
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 data to improve our health, create new industries, and expand fundamental knowledge.
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.