Carleton launches Institute for Data Science

In a move it says will help develop data science initiatives in all its faculties, Carleton University launched its new Institute for Data Science Wednesday.

“Data is not worth much if you can’t extract knowledge from it, and this institute is about people working together to this end,” the institute’s founding director, Frank Dehne, said in a statement. Mr. Dehne is also Chancellor’s professor in the School of Computer Science.

The institute will help foster research and education collaboration between all faculties and will take a lead in including both the private and public sector in these collaborations, the university said.

“Big Data touches every single one of us,” Faculty of Science dean Malcolm Butler said in a statement. “This research is critical if we are going to understand its impact and benefits, but also if we are going to understand the risks of big data.”

Wednesday’s launch was the culmination of an idea that began in 2013 when Carleton and IBM signed a memorandum of understanding to establish the institute.

“I believe that studying the data that is available will help us arrive at wisdom, which is the process in which all of us are engaged,” said Carleton president Roseann O’Reilly Runte.