University of Rochester Institute for Data Science


Data science is the centerpiece of the University of Rochester's five-year strategic plan. Rochester researchers plan to continue to harness the potential of data in ways that will transform the 21st century and place the University as a leader in the field.


Latest news in data science


  • 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.

  • Eric Horvitz
    Renowned expert gave presentation on breakthroughs in data science

    Eric Horvitz, director of Microsoft Research and member of the Institute for Data Science's external advisory committee, was on campus on March 3, 2015 to discuss how data science can help solve previously intractable problems in clinical medicine, public health, transportation, disaster recovery, and many other areas.

  • Solomon Abiola
    Med Center Research Associate receives NSF grant to help fight Ebola

    A research associate in the Medical Center, Abiola recently received a $130,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smartphone app that can track the symptoms of a population in real time. He leaves for Nigeria to begin implementing his idea in the next month.

  • aerial view of New York with twitter balloon captions
    Video Spotlight: Tracking Flu Via Twitter

    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.

  • Big Data
    Big data drawing big student enrollments

    From Poets and Quants: How does Netflix recommend TV shows and movies for you? How does the Center for Disease Control predict the spread of infectious diseases? 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.

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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.