UW, Berkeley, NYU collaborate in $37.8M data science initiative | eScience Institute
The University of Washington, the University of California, Berkeley, and New York University are partners in a new five-year, $37.8 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation whose goal is to dramatically accelerate the growth of data-intensive discovery in a broad range of fields. The UW team, which includes more than a dozen faculty from across the campus, is led by Ed Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering and Director of the UW eScience Institute. Berkeley’s team is led by Nobel laureate astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, and NYU’s by neuroscientist and computer scientist Yann LeCun ... The new initiative was announced today (Nov. 12) as a featured talk at a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy event highlighting public-private partnerships that support 'big data' analytics and research. At the UW, the grant will be used to primarily fund salaries for new research positions, including five data scientists who specialize in software and will work with researchers across campus, four postdoctoral data science fellows pursuing interdisciplinary research agendas, and four partially funded research scientists stationed in other departments and centers. A dedicated 'data science studio' on campus will have meeting areas and drop-in workspaces to encourage collaboration across the UW's colleges and schools ... Participants in the program would send a graduate student or research staff member to physically relocate for a period to work directly with the data scientists. The idea behind this embedded approach is to learn techniques, collaborate, then bring that knowledge back to individual labs and departments ..."