The Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) is the incubator for new multidisciplinary data science research at the University of Chicago. We catalyze new discoveries by fusing fundamental and applied research with real-world applications. By design, our projects are finite in duration, which gives us the flexibility to support new ideas as they emerge. CDAC projects push the leading edge of data science research while addressing a wide range of societal challenges and technology opportunities. As the focus point for data science research on campus, we engage leaders from industry, government, and academia through innovative events to spark new collaborations and technological discoveries.
Current CDAC activities include:
Incubator & Seed Funding
Early-stage ideas are often uncertain and require support to demonstrate feasibility and preliminary results to secure larger-scale funding. This is particularly important for projects that are transdisciplinary, ambitious, and expand the boundaries of existing scholarship. Through a competitive grant review process, CDAC will seed ambitious collaborative projects intended to achieve a clear impact on major scientific, scholarly, and societal questions.
Programs & Events
New ideas are rarely created in isolation, CDAC will bring to together partners from across the science and technology ecosystem through creative events, a compelling space, and convenings including workshops, talks, and other programs.
Data Science Postdoc Fellows
The fellows program will bring top post-doc researchers from around the world to campus work on innovative projects.
Speaker Series & Data Science Summit
CDAC will be the focus point for vigorous intellectual interchange with a community of relevant scientists and researchers from both academia and industry.