Data science has transformed fields from biology to astronomy, and social networks to politics, influencing most aspects of modern life.
To transform data science, Prof. Stephen Wright wants to return to the fundamentals. "You can’t have developments in data science without having continuing attention to the fundamentals,” says Wright. “There is a lot of excitement about the algorithmic space, the theoretical space and the mathematical underpinnings, and that’s going to drive a lot of the future of data science."
Wright is leading a group of 14 researchers from the departments of mathematics, statistics and computer sciences in creating the interdisciplinary Institute for Foundations of Data Science. The new institute, housed at UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), will play a key role in the future of data science, developing fundamental techniques for handling increasingly massive data sets in shorter times.
The IFDS is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) initiative.