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Data Science Visions Working Group

Leveraging Vanderbilt's many assets and strengths in “big data” and “data science” is the charge of the Data Science Visions Working Group, which will help to ensure that the university is positioned for continued success in these areas. The working group, which is comprised of faculty from each of Vanderbilt's schools and colleges, will develop a vision for the university that will chart the path ahead. By engaging the Vanderbilt community, the working group will be better equipped to identify key thematic areas and educational programs to advance as well as to identify opportunities for alignment and coordination across campus for greater impact. Data Science Visions TIPs website.

Data Science Visions Working Group

  • Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of graduate recruiting for civil engineering
  • Gregory Barz, professor and chair of musicology and ethnomusicology, and associate professor of religion
  • Andreas Berlind (co-chair), associate professor of physics and astronomy and director of graduate studies for astrophysics
  • Marisa Cannata, research assistant professor of leadership, policy and organizations
  • Jason Grissom, associate professor of public policy and education
  • Emily Hodges, assistant professor of biochemistry
  • J. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, associate professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
  • Craig Lewis, Madison S. Wigginton Professor of Management and professor of law
  • Brad Malin, professor of biomedical informatics, professor of computer science and associate professor of biostatistics
  • Dave Michelson, assistant professor of the history of Christianity and assistant professor of history
  • Tom Palmeri, professor of psychology
  • Mariann Piano, professor of nursing and senior associate dean for research in the School of Nursing
  • J.B. Ruhl, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law, director of the Program in Law and Innovation and co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program
  • Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, professor of computer science, professor of computer engineering and associate chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Yu Shyr (co-chair), the Harold L. Moses Professor of Cancer Research, professor and chair of biostatistics (Sept. 1), professor of biomedical informatics, professor of cancer biology, professor of health policy and director of the Center for Quantitative Sciences
  • Seth Smith, associate professor of radiology and radiological sciences, associate professor of biomedical engineering and associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences
  • Sonya Sterba, associate professor of psychology and human development
  • Matt Tyska, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, assistant professor of computer science, assistant professor of computer engineering, and assistant professor of biomedical informatics
  • Steve Wernke, associate professor of anthropology

Masters in Data Science: Special Task Force

Charge: Data Science is an exciting new field that lies at the intersection of statistical methodology, computational science, and a wide range of application domains. The task force will evaluate the potential for a trans-institutional masters program in data science at Vanderbilt University. It is imagined that an effective program will train students in a set of core capacities (e.g. statistical modeling, machine learning, optimization, management and analysis of massive data sets, data acquisition, collaborative problem solving, visualization and communication, and security and ethical issues that arise in data science) leading to various interdisciplinary concentrations and application experience. The task force will work quickly to propose a program framework with an eye to launching the program in Fall 2018. 

Task Force Members

  • David Wright (chair), Stevenson Chair of Chemistry, professor of chemistry
  • Andreas Berlind,  associate professor of physics and astronomy and director of graduate studies for astrophysics
  • Doug Hardin, professor of mathematics
  • Joel Rodrigue, associate professor of economics
  • Sonya Sterba,  associate professor of psychology and human development
  • Marisa Cannata,  research assistant professor of leadership, policy and organizations
  • Doug Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, professor of computer science, professor of computer engineering and associate chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Maithilee Kunda, assistant professor of computer science and computer engineering
  • Gregor Neuert, assistant professor of molecular physiology and biophysics
  • Brad Malin, professor of biomedical informatics, professor of computer science and associate professor of biostatistics
  • Jeffrey Blume, associate professor of biostatistics