Data Science in Society

View the complete list of Data Science in Society cluster founding faculty.

Geospatial Data Analysis - Mapping Our World

This focus group aims to develop advanced geospatial tools and research methods for scalable analysis of satellite data. The group will develop workflows that combine machine learning, remote sensing and crowdsourcing tools to map our changing world and to address many of the world's greatest challenges. The group will identify multidisciplinary research domains that would utilize remotely sensed data to address one or more of UCSD`s research themes. Examples of research domains include mapping urbanization, predicting economic development, improving humanitarian assistance to vulnerable societies, mapping ecosystems, understanding the environmental impacts of droughts etc. The assumption of this focus group is that developing the geospatial capacity of UCSD requires a multidisciplinary effort that involves experts from different domains across campus (machine learning, computer vision, urban planning etc.). These domains will, in turn, benefit tremendously both, from the developed analytical tools and from the derived knowledge and insights.

Geospatial Data Analysis. Mapping Our World Members

John Ahlquist Global Policy & Strategy

Jan Hughes-Austin Orthopedic Surgery

Eli Berman Economics

Benjamin Bratton Visual Arts

Jennifer Burney Global Policy & Strategy

Richard Carson Economics

Todd Coleman Bioengineering

Bruce Cornuelle Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Jade d'AlpoimGuedes Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

James Fowler Medicine and Political Science

Teevrat Garg School of Global Policy & Strategy

Ran Goldblatt Global Policy & Strategy

Joshua GraffZivin Global Policy & Strategy and Economics

William Griswold Computer Science & Engineering and Design Lab

Gordon Hanson Global Policy & Strategy and Economics

Ryan Kastner Computer Science & Engineering

Gordon McCord Global Policy & Strategy

Kim Prather Chemistry & Biochemistry

Armin Schwartzman Biostatistics

Brett Stalbaum Visual Arts

Social Ethics: Data Collection and Governance. Social and Economic Impacts of Data Science

This group focuses on the ethical and legal aspects of data collection, access, control, and dissemination. Examples of questions that need to be addressed include: Is there such a thing as the right to informational privacy? How, if at all, would data collection invade such a right? Is it morally permissible, and should it be legally permissible, for personal data to be gathered without consent? Should only certain kinds of data be protected from government or private intrusion? What sorts of reasons would be sufficiently strong to justify data collection without consent? If consent is required, does it have to be affirmative, or can it be presumed? Once data is collected, who is morally and legally permitted to have access to it? At what level of detail? Who should have control of the data? How should controls be implemented? Who should have the right to decide whether data can be disseminated to private persons, to the public, or to the government?

Social Ethics, Data Collection, Governance and Economic Impacts Members

John Ahlquist Global Policy & Strategy

Amy Alexander Visual Arts

Natasha Balac Qualcomm Institute

Chaitan Baru San Diego Supercomputer Center

Cinnamon Bloss Family Medicine & Public Health

Benjamin Bratton Visual Arts

Scott Desposato Political Science

Jeff Elman Cognitive Science

Kelly Gates Communication & Science Studies

Uma Karmarkar Global Policy & Strategy and Rady School of Management

Alex Orailoglu Computer Science & Engineering

SamuelC. Rickless Philosophy

Akos Rona-Tas Sociology

Kamala Visweswaran Ethnic Studies

Angela yu Cognitive Science

Business Analytics

Business/consumer interactions produce an immense volume of data on a wide variety of activities (e.g., customer relationship management data across multiple customer touchpoints (e.g., website, email, social media, ads), ERP data on business operations, pricing data across product assortments and continuous-time response data by retailers and competitors, and so on). This focus group aims to leverage the data produced from these interactions toward a better understanding of how businesses and consumers behave and interact. Such understanding not only improves decision-making across all functional areas within the business, it can inform public policy as well. Research in business analytics helps to ensure that the right goods and services are provided to consumers in the right format (design, price, timing, etc.) which can help to increase market competition and the social surplus associated with production and consumption.

Business Analytics Members

Practical Data Ethics: Biases, Nudges and Moral Responsibility

Large scale data on human behavior are gradually revealing the intricate structure of subtle situational cues that influence choices and decisions, and are allowing us to engineer situations to influence human decisions all the more. While such choice architecture may be used to nudge people toward pro-social ends, they may just as well encourage poor decisions. Can crisp boundaries be drawn between desirable and undesirable nudges of human choices? How do we assign moral responsibility to choices which we learn to be ever more constrained by subtle details of the situation?

Practical Data Ethics: Biases, Nudges and Moral Responsibility Members

John Ahlquist Global Policy & Strategy

Jan Hughes-Austin Orthopedic Surgery

Chaitan Baru San Diego Supercomputer Center

Cinnamon Bloss Family Medicine & Public Health

Benjamin Bratton Visual Arts

Craig Callender Philosophy

Richard Carson Economics

Kamalika Chaudhuri Computer Science & Engineering

Todd Coleman Bioengineering

Scott Desposato Political Science

Fernando DomiguezRubio Communication

Jeff Elman Cognitive Science

Kelly Gates Communication & Science Studies

Uma Karmarkar Global Policy & Strategy and Rady School of Management

Lilly LillyIrani Communication & Science Studies

David Moore Psychiatry

DanaKay Nelkin Philosophy

Lucila Ohno-Machado Medicine

JuanPablo PardoGuerra Sociology

SamuelC. Rickless Philosophy

Molly Roberts Political Science

Akos Rona-Tas Sociology

Manuel Vargas Philosophy

Ed Vul Psychology

David Wiens Political Science

Data-Enabled Studies of Society and Culture. Digital Anthropology. China. Passive data collection in fragile and conflict environments

Data-Enabled Studies of Society and Culture Members

Chaitan Baru San Diego Supercomputer Center

Benjamin Bratton Visual Arts

Todd Coleman Bioengineering

Jade d'AlpoimGuedes Anthropology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

James Fowler Medicine and Political Science

Amarnath Gupta San Diego Supercomputer Center

Gordon Hanson Global Policy & Strategy and Economics

Ryan Kastner Computer Science & Engineering

Young-Han Kim Electrical & Computer Engineering

Kevin Lewis Sociology

JuanPablo PardoGuerra Sociology

Molly Roberts Political Science

Kamala Visweswaran Ethnic Studies

Digital Democracy, Economic Security and Data-enabled Transparency

Digital Democracy, Economic Security and Data-enabled Transparency Members