HDSI People and Research

HDSI brings together a large number of faculty and researchers across many departments and divisions at UC San Diego with overlapping interests in the discipline of Data Science. The list of our researchers provides a snapshot of the breadth and diversity of ongoing research at UC San Diego organized into “clusters” of shared interests and domain knowledge. We envision launching new research efforts within the Institute that specifically bring together researchers with complementary skills, for instance, method innovators working with application domain experts, to advance the field of Data Science.

While we anticipate teaching activities to be integral to all our research, we have created a focus group on Experiential Education spanning education infrastructure support as well as online education.

Faculty who wish to join any of these clusters are encouraged to email

HDSI Cluster Organization

Read the complete description of each cluster from the links below. You can also view the entire list of participating faculty grouped by cluster.

Industry and Research Partners

West Big Data Innovation Hub (WBDIH)

The West Big Data Hub builds and strengthens partnerships across industry, academia, nonprofits, and government to address societal and scientific challenges, spur economic development, and foster a national big data ecosystem.  Projects, events, activities, and initiatives span priority thematic areas as well as cross-cutting areas.  The WBDIH is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

HDSI and Contextual Robotics Institute

HDSI and CRI share a number of fundamental research challenges in how large scale data can be used to improve mobility, human interaction and cognition of robotic systems. The collaboration between the two institutes is exemplified by the jointly organized Hilbert Problems Symposium, scheduled for Winter 2018.

HDSI and the UC San Diego Library

The UC San Diego Library supports the university’s researchers and students by selecting and supporting datasets and statistical tools and by providing consultations and workshops on discovering, analyzing, and managing data. The Library is a member of ICPSR (formerly the Inter-university Consortium for Political Research) and an active member of both Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry. Geisel Library is also home to a Data & GIS Lab and a Digital Media Lab. The Library also has a long-standing commitment to supporting data created on campus, so that it is available for use by researchers around the world. This is done via various services, including a digital repository (the Digital Collections) which provides access to digital materials and a long-term preservation service called Chronopolis.

Industry and Research Partner Links