The School of Data Science pursues high-impact research to further discovery, share knowledge, and change the world for good. 

Our research program is focused on the five pillars of data science—data acquisition, engineering, analysis, dissemination, and ethics—to be embodied in centers led by renowned faculty. This non-traditional structure allows for coordination across key areas of data science without the constraint of departmental silos and allows the flexibility that is a necessity in the fast-paced and constantly evolving field of data science.

In addition to Centers, we will apply those pillars in diverse domains through collaboratories—research groups crossing disciplinary boundaries to use the power of data science to advance every field.

In recognition of its critical importance to the field and to society, we have already established the Center for Data Ethics and Justice. Further centers will be established in accordance with a strategic plan identifying core areas of data science.

Collaboratories are currently being created in domain areas in partnership with the Schools of Medicine, Education, and Architecture, with plans to partner with all 11 other Schools on Grounds, at UVA-Wise, and in Northern Virginia. These collaborative physical and intellectual hubs will enable researchers to share knowledge and discovery. They offer a unique opportunity to create an interdisciplinary ecosystem of people, ideas, and infrastructure—a 21st-century version of the academical village.

Key areas of research where we are currently working or have plans to expand, based on faculty expertise and societal need, include:

  • Biomedicine
  • Business, Commerce, and Finance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Democracy
  • Digital Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Psychology
  • Public Health

Learn more about our projects and our team.