The Center for Data Science fosters innovative research, education, industry collaboration, and public service to make UMass Amherst a destination and partner-of-choice for research in data science. We help companies and organizations meet their growing demand for well-trained data scientists, promote economic development, and support a thriving community of working data scientists in Western Massachusetts.
Data Science Students Develop Solutions for Real-World Problems that Benefit the Public Good
Thanks to data science graduate students and a public service program that matches students with a common-good project, marine biologists will be able to estimate the size and health of a whale solely from a photograph. When whales are encountered near the surface of the ocean, it can be useful to quickly assess their size for conservation, evaluation, and other purposes. ChhandakBagchi and GizemCicekli, computer science master’s students spent 12 weeks researching and developing a tool to automatically estimate the size of a whale from an aerial image.