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Application Areas

The application areas of data science are broad and comprehensive. The more than 150 Center for Data Science’s core and affiliated faculty work individually and collaboratively to study and partner with industry and government, where appropriate, to address some of the most challenging problems in society. Almost every industry is impacted by data but the application areas are clustered, loosely, as follows:

  • Business analytics
  • Business logistics, including supply chain optimization
  • Finance
  • Health, wellness, & biomedicine
  • Bioinformatics
  • Natural sciences
  • Information economy / Social media and social network analysis
  • Smart cities
  • Education and electronic teaching
  • Energy, sustainability and climate


The Center welcomes organizations in these and other domains to take an active part in data science discussions and engaging our world-class cohort of faculty researchers to take a fresh look at your challenges and offer unique perspectives to your business.