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Data Institute for Societal Challenges

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Our world is creating massive amounts of data through cellphones, sensors, videos,  automation, and simulation. These data have enormous potential to transform our lives and help in solving our greatest societal challenges. The Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC) will create innovative advances in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-world applications. We will develop and grow convergent research teams focused on solutions for local to global challenges implementing foundational data science and data-enabled research.

At DISC, we strive to facilitate and empower collaboration between research teams and partners. We encourage you to explore and get involved with one of our many innovative Communities of Practice. You can also add your name to our Membership Directory to lend your expertise to other researchers if needed and be included in exclusive member-only workshops and events.

Data Institute for Societal Challenges

FY23 Research Highlights

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DISC Members

215 Faculty | 112 Students | 19 Staff | 9 Postdocs


DISC Affiliates

215 Faculty | 112 Students | 19 Staff | 9 Postdocs

Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice

Brain & Behavior
Community Engagement
Digital Humanities
Earth System Science
Machine Learning & Big Data in the Social Sciences
Opioid Research
Supply Chain
3D Workflow

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Featured News

Angela Rosellini-Labombarde and Ebone Smith

Seed Grant Helps Graduate Students Develop Climate Change Program

March 02, 2023

In Nov. 2022, Angela Rosellini-Labombarde and Ebone Smith, graduate students in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, attended a United Nations climate conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Now, thanks to a graduate student seed grant from the Data Institute for Societal Challenges, they will share their experiences, advice and insights with OU students interested in the conference and the changing climate.