March 18, 2020

A Message to Our Students

Our prime concern is for your health and fundamental well-being—as well as your academic learning.  And we want to assure you that throughout this tumultuous time, we commit to helping you in any way that we can. Please take special care of your whole selves – get plenty of rest, follow the general guidelines for illness prevention, and check in with yourself to monitor your emotional health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff, faculty, classmates, families are all out there for you.  

In addition, we offer some resources to consider below.

March 10, 2020

Big Give 2020Entering the Data 8 classroom for the first time. Working alongside world-leading researchers advancing the state of the art in computing. Deploying data science to help tackle climate change. Savoring that a-ha moment when your code finally runs after hours of work.

March 5, 2020

Among the highlights of the launch of UC Berkeley’s $6 billion Light the Way Capital Campaign is the exciting announcement of a $252 million gift to seed construction of a new Data Hub that will serve as the future home for the Division of Computing, Data Science, & Society (CDSS). The extraordinarily generous gift—the largest in UC Berkeley’s history, made by an anonymous donor—is one indication of the CDSS’ pivotal role and ambitious goals in the Campaign, which continues through the end of 2023.

February 29, 2020

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) will soon have a brick-and-mortar home, thanks to an anonymous $252 million gift to seed the construction of a new “data hub” on the open space at the intersection of Hearst Avenue, Arch Street, and MacFarlane Lane.

February 12, 2020

Aditya Parameswaran, who has a joint appointment with EECS and the School of Information, is among eight other UC Berkeley faculty awarded the Sloan Research Fellowship, an honor given yearly to the brightest up-and-coming scientists in the United States and Canada. He develops systems for interactive, or “human-in-the-loop,” data analytics by synthesizing techniques from database systems, data mining and human-computer interaction.

February 5, 2020

UC Berkeley undergraduate students are now able to declare a Minor in Data Science!

The minor is a unique opportunity for Berkeley students across a variety of majors to engage with data science and gain practical knowledge of the methods, techniques, and applications as well as the ability to think critically about the construction and implications of data science.

We’re excited to introduce our official name: the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society. 

December 12, 2019

Our Fall Data Science Showcase featured more than 30 student posters and project presentations on everything from understanding achievement gaps in public schools to improving water quality. 

The Showcase on December 5 at Sutardja Dai Hall offered a window into the amazing ways that students are using data science to advance discovery and impact across campus and beyond, including:

December 4, 2019

Whether confronting a category-five hurricane in the Bahamas or an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, response workers rarely have time to meticulously collect and tag data. But properly-coded data can provide valuable insight into the crises that humanitarian workers face. 

November 26, 2019

Amal Bhatnagar, a double major in data science and economics, reflects on his experiences working for the Data Science Education Program's External Pedagogy team, including presenting at the SciPy conference.

November 25, 2019

Don’t miss the showcase at Sutardja Dai Hall highlighting the amazing ways that students are using data science to advance discovery and impact across campus and beyond!

November 13, 2019

In recent years, many developments in the increasingly critical and complex field of data systems have been industry-driven, and as a result have focused more on industry concerns, like advertising and ride share routes. But UC Berkeley’s investment in a robust complement of faculty with data systems expertise positions the University to address broader issues, such as protecting privacy and enabling non-programmers to more easily and effectively use data.

November 6, 2019

I School MIDS student Ben Arnoldy has been awarded the Fall 2019 Jack Larson Data Science for Good Fellowship for his work involving the use of data science to educate the public on climate change and pollution.

November 5, 2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded UC Berkeley a $3 million grant to evaluate and expand its data science curriculum to ensure it is accessible to a broad range of students.

October 21, 2019

A data science course introduced this semester gives students the chance to delve into concepts and research that are rarely, if ever, offered at the undergraduate level.

October 17, 2019

Anthony Suen, who launched and runs the popular data science Discovery Program, along with an array of other cross-campus initiatives, will be among those receiving the 2019 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award in a ceremony next month. 

The award comes in recognition of Anthony’s contributions empowering students, forging connections, and advancing strategic innovations across the Division of Data Science and Information, campus, and beyond. 

October 3, 2019

The College of Letters & Science, College of Natural Resources, and College of Chemistry have approved the new data science minor, a program designed to serve students from a range of majors. Approval processes across the campus continue, with the hope of making the minor available to as many Berkeley students as possible this academic year.

September 30, 2019

Z PardosUC Berkeley Assistant Professor Zachary Pardos and his team have developed a machine learning approach that promises to help more community college students position themselves to transfer and succeed at four-year colleges and universities. 

September 27, 2019

Aditya ParameswaranAssistant professor at the Berkeley School of Information, Aditya Parameswaran, has been awarded the 2019 Very Large Data Bases Early Career Award. His work focuses on making data analysis tools effective and easy to use for experts in a variety of disciplines. 

September 18, 2019

DS OtsMaster’s of Information and Data Science (MIDS) student Daniel Santamaria Ots has received the Jack Larson Data for Good Fellowship for his research in Puerto Rico aimed at empowering disadvantaged communities and fostering further government transparency and accountability. Ots shifted his approach to research and data mining after witnessing the poor emergency response to hurricanes Irma and María.