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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

FY24 Research Highlights

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DISC Members

150 Faculty | 103 Students | 15 Staff | 18 Postdocs


DISC Affiliates

238 Faculty | 157 Students | 22 Staff | 14 Postdocs

Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice


Brain & Behavior

Community Engagement

Digital Humanities

Environmental Systems Science

Machine Learning & Big Data in the Social Sciences


Opioid Research

Supply Chain 

 3D Workflow

Business & Economics 



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Featured News

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University of Oklahoma Joins National Artificial Intelligence Safety Consortium

February 12, 2024

The University of Oklahoma has joined a newly formed U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute Consortium led by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. This consortium aims to bring together the largest group of AI developers, users, researchers and affected groups worldwide to promote the creation of safe and trustworthy artificial intelligence.

OU Receives Federal Funding to ‘Intensify’ Research Impact

December 19, 2023

The University of Oklahoma is one of 18 U.S. academic institutions to receive the first-ever Accelerating Research Translation awards from the National Science Foundation. The $6 million award distributed over four years is intended to enable institutions to accelerate the pace and scale of translational research that will grow the nation’s economy.