Welcome to the Data Science Institute

Society’s most pressing challenges and nature’s deepest mysteries frequently involve large, complex systems. The behavior of these systems is best understood by handling large amounts of data — thus the term “big data.”  To solve our most pressing challenges, we need to develop new ways to acquire, analyze, and make sense out of big data.  – Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

Academic Vision

Our vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders to address the broadly identified interdisciplinary challenge of data science. Our programs for doing this necessarily lie outside the existing traditional curricular structure, but we believe they will be the blueprint for the future in which data science will play an ever-increasing role in science and engineering research. 

Research Challenges

The faculty of the Institute represent a truly broad, interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, humanists, and educators all of whom have identified data science as critical to their research. 


With support from the Office of the President, the Data Science Institute is joining the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs in offering fellowships for teams of graduate students to undertake collaborative research projects that leverage large data sets to advance knowledge in areas of high social impact. Final proposals must be submitted to