Seven University of Utah projects have received seed grants designed to enhance research and infrastructure in data science and data-enabled science. The grants, supported by the new One Utah Data Science Hub, will focus on projects utilizing methods including machine learning, artificial intelligence and visualization toward solving societally relevant problems within basic and health sciences.
The One Utah Data Science Hub pilot seed grant program is part of a university-wide effort to enhance research, training and infrastructure focused on data science. The Hub facilitates cross-campus and interdisciplinary research that focuses on data science through the launch of two new initiatives in alignment with the Utah Center for Data Science:
- The Data Science and Ethics of Technology (DATASET) Initiative
- The Data Exploration and Learning for Precision Health Intelligence (DELPHI) Initiative
Data science is an umbrella term that encompasses data management, data analytics, data mining, machine learning, visualization and several other related disciplines. It relies on a multidisciplinary approach to detect and analyze patterns in large amounts of information. It can be applied to detect patterns of disease and improve patient outcomes; better distribute critical health care, food and supplies during emergencies or predict energy demands to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts.
“We are thrilled about these diverse data science research projects because of their clear potential for innovation and the exciting new collaborative research teams that have been formed,” says Aaron Quinlan, co-director of the DELPHI Initiative and professor of human genetics.
The DELPHI Initiative aims to drive innovation in health and medicine by expanding data science expertise and accelerating scientific discovery. The DATASET Initiative aims to bring together research and expertise in all dimensions of data across the U to critically examine the function and impact of data, data infrastructure, data science in addressing grand challenges, science and engineering and contributing to data-driven decision-making that impacts society.
Seed grant projects will receive up to $50,000 for one year.
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