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Leading Data Science & Ethics of Technology Research on a Global Level

The Data Science & Ethics of Technology (DATASET) Initiative is designed to engage foundational questions about the role of data in science and society. DATASET aims to bring together research and expertise in the theoretical, technical, ethical and policy/legal 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. DATASET will better align the U with strategic priorities locally and nationally, including those of including those of the Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Directorate of the National Science Foundation, the Digital Humanities portfolio of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the VAULTIS goals of the Department of Defense.

DATASET is a partner initiative with the Data Exploration and Learning for Precision Health Intelligence (DELPHI) initative. Together, these initiatives form the One Utah Data Science Hub - a unique and interdisciplinary effort designed  to enhance research and infrastructure in data science at the University of Utah.

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Manish Parashar is Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, Chair in Computational Science and Engineering, and Presidential Professor in School of Computing at the University of Utah. His research interests are in the broad areas of Parallel and Distributed Computing and Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering. Manish’s research spans foundational and translational aspects of computational and data-enabled science and engineering and has focused on advancing our understanding of important natural, engineered, and social systems through large-scale computations and data.

Manish is currently on an IPA appointment at the National Science Foundation as Office Director of the NSF Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure where he oversees strategic planning and investments in national cyberinfrastructure. At NSF, he also serves as Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on the Future Advanced Computing Ecosystem and the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force. He previously served as Assistant Director for Strategic Computing at the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology Policy.Manish is the founding chair of the IEEE Technical Consortium on High Performance Computing (TCHPC), Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is Fellow of AAAS, ACM, and IEEE/IEEE Computer Society. For more information, please visit



Olivia R. Liu Sheng is Presidential Professor and Emma Eccles Jones Presidential Chair of Information Systems at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. She also directs a Utah Center of Excellence – the Global Knowledge Management Center ( ) to seek commercialization of knowledge management technologies. Her research focuses on data mining and optimization techniques for portal management, emetrics and customer analysis, customer profiling, personalization, recommendation, fraud/intrusion detection, bio-medical, digital government, risk management, telemedicine, telework and distributed learning applications. Her research has received funding from various Utah State agencies, Wasatch Advisors, U.S. Army, NSF, IBM, Tivoli, Toshiba Corp., Sun Microsystems, Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Asia Productivity Organization, SAP University Alliance, and Bureau of Land Management.



Sameer Patil is an Associate Professor in the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah. Previously, he has held several appointments in academia and industry, including  Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (Finland), Indiana University Bloomington (USA),  New York University (USA), University of Siegen (Germany), Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), and Yahoo Labs (USA). Sameer's research interests focus on human-centered investigations of cybersecurity, covering the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), and social computing. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Google. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2019. Sameer’s work has been published in top-tier conferences and journals, and he holds eight US patents related to mobile technologies. Sameer obtained a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the University of California, Irvine and holds Master’s degrees in Information (HCI) and Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



One U Research Council
The One U Research Council (OURC) supports the DATASET Initiative by identifying opportunities, building connections, and evaluating impact.
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One Utah Data Science Hub
The One Utah Data Science Hub is a university-wide effort designed to enhance research and infrastructure in data science.
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DELPHI Initiative
The Data Exploration and Learning for Precision Health Intelligence (DELPHI) Initiative aims to drive innovation in health and medicine by expanding data science expertise and accelerating scientific discovery.
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