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Center for Data Science

Supporting research in the production, analysis, and storage of 21st Century data types.

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Eileen LeFurgy
Program Coordinator

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Center for Data Science 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8012 United States

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Center for Data Science

We are living in a data-driven world. Every sector in our global economy is using data to make better management and policy decisions. The mission of the AU School of Public Affairs' new Center for Data Science is to provide technical, managerial, and institutional resources to aid research and grant development focused on the production, analysis, and storage of 21st century data.

Across public, private, and nonprofit sectors, big data is making a big difference. Those with the right skills will lead this change. In fact, Data Scientist has ranked the number one job in America for the last three consecutive years. For 2021, Data Scientist is ranked number 1 of the 50 best jobs in America that pay over $100,000 by Glassdoor. There were about 30 million job ads for data scientists in the U.S. alone in 2020. The Harvard Business Review named Data Scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century” in 2012.

In 2018, SPA established its Center for Data Science to focus on the theoretical and practical research aspects of computer technology, software engineering, computer architecture, artificial intelligence, simulation, modeling, and much more.

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The Center for Data Science is affiliated with the Open DP project: a community of collaborators in academia, industry, and government to build trustworthy, open-source software tools for privacy-protective statistical analysis of sensitive personal data.

Recent Events

Institute for Data Science and Big Data

January 5-8 & 11-15, 2021

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"Bayesian Regression for Group Testing Data"

Joshua Tebbs, Professor of Statistics, University of South Carolina
November 8, 2019

Workshop on Spatial Statistics for the Social Sciences

June 14, 2019

Workshop: Text As Data

Justin Grimmer, Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
May 23-24, 2019

For detailed information on recent events, see the "Workshops" tab on the left navigation menu. 


Learn more about Jeff Gill, Distinguished Professor of Government, Professor of Statistics, and Member of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University.
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Program Coordinator

Eileen LeFurgy,

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MS Data Science

Build your skill set in data science with this shared degree program, offered by SPA and the AU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

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Institute for Data Science

Read about our annual Institute for Data Science.

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AU’s MS in Data Science Listed in AMSTAT News Graduate Programs

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Undergraduate Researchers

The Center for Data Science is looking for undergraduate researchers who are interested in working with faculty projects associated with the center. Contact Jeff Gill:


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