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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

FY22 Research Highlights

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DISC Members

97 Faculty | 22 Students | 7 Staff | 2 Postdocs


DISC Affiliates

201 Faculty | 67 Students | 17 Staff | 2 Postdocs

Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice

AI Research & Innovation
Brain & Behavior
Community Engagement
Digital Humanities
Earth System Science
Opioid Research

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