The University of Massachusetts Amherst, a New England Council member, recently announced the launch of a new data science center. The announcement is the latest move by the university to enhance its popular computer science program.
Through the center, the university plans to create 40 new faculty positions over the next decade and raise $100 million in industry investments to help make the school a leader in the data field. Yahoo, Microsoft, and Amazon have all pledged support for the center’s activities. The center will help create a master’s degree concentration in data science as well as new undergraduate degree tracks in computer science and informatics. Computer science is a rapidly growing major at the university. The number of undergraduates enrolled in it has tripled in the last eight years, according to Professor Andrew McCallum, who will be overseeing the center.
“It is a not a hyperbole to claim that we have entered the ‘Age of Data’ in which the most important advances in the international economy will be driven by the technical and analytical possibilities inherent in this new field. We are building on our strong international reputation in machine learning and other areas of data science, and investing heavily,” said Katherine Newman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
The New England Council applauds the University of Massachusetts Amherst for its dedication to creating rich educational programs to help their students learn and grow.