About the Division

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The Division launched in July 2019 to leverage Berkeley’s preeminence in research and excellence across disciplines to propel data science discovery, education, and impact.

Faculty and students from across campus helped shape the vision and foundations for this innovative Division, which mirrors the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefines the research university for the digital age. It’s designed to meet the opportunities and demands of a world increasingly informed and shaped by data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in virtually every arena, from health to business to politics; from our cities to our climate to the cosmos.

The Division’s dynamic structure connects computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences to create a vibrant and collaborative environment to accelerate breakthrough research across scientific and technological frontiers.

Core to the Division is an understanding of how the digital revolution affects equality, equity, and opportunity—and the capacity to respond to related challenges.

To fully support data science in a broad, rich, and deep manner, the Division connects Data Science Education, the  School of Information, and the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Statistics. To enhance synergy, the Division includes the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the Data Science Commons.