ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The University of Rochester says it will spend $50 million on a new Institute for Data Science.
The university in western New York announced plans Friday to construct a new building for the institute and hire up to 20 faculty experts in the field.
University President Joel Seligman says data science is the top priority in the university's five-year strategic plan adopted by the board of trustees last week.
Data science combines analytic techniques with improving computer capabilities to extract useful information from the enormous amounts of data created every day.
Henry Katz, chair of the computer science department, says Rochester researchers are already using data science to do things like predict the spread of infectious disease, track the popularity of political ideas and understand consumer preferences.