About the Discovery Program
The Data Science Discovery Program sits squarely at the intersection of two of UC Berkeley’s biggest strengths: innovative data science research and a campus-wide commitment to social impact. Founded in 2015, Discovery has incubated more than 500 data science, machine learning, and AI research projects.
The Discovery Program connects UC Berkeley students with experts, graduates, postdoctoral students, community groups, entrepreneurial ventures, and educational initiatives across UC Berkeley. Project partners have included organizations like UCSF, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, NASA and many more.
As part of the Discovery Program, students have access to a formal project management course (DS 198) along with on-demand project advising, technical consultations, and cloud computing credits.
Participants receive academic credit for their work in the program and have the opportunity to show off their work to the broader community at the end of the semester during the renowned Discovery Showcase.
Our project partners are able to increase their organization’s capacity for data-related work by tapping into the expertise of UC Berkeley’s excellent students. Project partners provide direction, mentorship and domain expertise during weekly meetings with student researchers.
When passionate practitioners and highly trained students come together, big things happen. Discovery projects have used satellite imagery to bring real-time pest information to farmers in Africa, restructured data infrastructures to facilitate water quality monitoring by state regulators in California, and used computer vision to help UCSF doctors identify irregularities in x-ray images. And that’s just the beginning.
Data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are an intrinsically interdisciplinary field with the potential for wide-reaching and scalable impact. UC Berkeley has been on the cutting edge of increasing access to data science education to all students across campus and beyond. As part of the newly formed Division, the Discovery Program is able to reach more students per year than any other comparable program in the country. In Fall 2022, Discovery incubated more 95 research projects with over 300 research assistants. We can’t wait to see what will create next as they continue to inspire change by harnessing the power of data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.