About the DSI

About the DSI

The Data Science Initiative (DSI) at UNC Charlotte is an industry-university-state partnership, led by the College of Computing and Informatics, the Belk College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services and other academic departments.

Responding to the Challenges of "Big Data"

DSI provides an effective solution to the challenge of "Big Data" by creating education, training, and research programs in data science and analytics integrated with business and industry expertise.

The three pillars of DSI include:

  • Interdisciplinary academic programs to develop a new generation of data scientists, business analysts, and managers who will have both technical and business skills to transform data into smart, innovative business solutions. These programs include graduate programs in Data Science and Business Analytics and in Health Informatics.
  • Professional development programs for industry professionals and executives that will provide state-of-the-art training in the strategic use of data for innovative decision making.
  • An industry-university consortium which integrates academic research with business innovation and is driven by real-world “Big Data” challenges.

UNC Charlotte is strategically positioned to launch DSI because of the concentration of large data-intensive industries in its primary service region, including financial services, retail sales and distribution, healthcare, energy, and advanced manufacturing. The education and training programs will be among the earliest and largest initiatives in the nation to integrate data science and analytics with business processes and decision making. In addition to the collaboration with local data-intensive industries, UNC Charlotte is also prepared to respond to this large workforce demand due to its collaboration with other universities and business partners in the Research Triangle.

The Analytics Frontiers Conference was the first of the annual data analytics conferences sponsored by the Data Science Initiative. The inaugural conference focused on the current leading edge analytics topics that impact regional organizations. Session content included security analytics, risk analytics, the nature and impact of the emerging Internet of Things, sentiment analysis, smart cities, the mobile domain, and industry specific topics in financial, healthcare, retail, energy and manufacturing analytics.

The second annual Analytics Frontier Conference will be a three-day event scheduled March 28-30, 2017. More information will be provided in the coming months