In a joint venture, ETH Zurich and EPFL are launching the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) to foster innovation in data and computer science, as well as to provide an infrastructure for multidisciplinary research and open science.
Data science involves various academic disciplines, such as data management and engineering, statistics, machine learning, algorithms, optimisation and visualisation. It has become extremely important on a global level, because it offers insight into and means to influence complex and challenging problems of our time. Applications range from the social sciences to economics, medicine or environmental sciences.
The SDSC will bring data providers, computer scientists and domain experts together in a multi-disciplinary team of 30 to 40 people in offices both in Lausanne and Zurich, in an aim to provide sensible answers to everyday problems. Particular focus will be placed on personalised health, environmental issues and manufacturing challenges. Furthermore, the «Insights Factory», a cloud-hosted analytics platform, will be developed to host, explore and analyze curated, calibrated and anonymised data in a user-friendly tool. This will be a fundamental step in the development of Open Science.
Aside from fostering research and providing an infrastructure for data science users, ETH Zurich and EPFL also invest into the expansion of education and launch master courses in data science as well as service courses targeted towards groups of application areas in fall 2017. Students will develop thorough knowledge on data science methods, mathematical foundations, analytics, software, real-world applications and more.