The Next Generation of Mobility
The mission of the MIDAS Transportation Research Hub is to harness the power of big data to help develop the next generation of mobility, from driverless and autonomous vehicles to integrated multi-modal transportation systems. The Hub is partially funded by the U-M Data Science Initiative, which, among other efforts, provides faculty research grants for projects likely to garner significant investment from industry or government.
Improving education through data
The MIDAS Learning Analytics Research Hub helps U-M faculty take advantage of the trove of student data collected by the University over the years to improve educational practices and student outcomes, and is partially funded by the U-M Data Science Initiative.
Advancing the spectrum of biomedical research
The MIDAS Health Science Research Hub aims to enhance U-M biomedical researchers’ ability embrace the opportunities and challenges brought about by advances in data science. The Hub will catalyze the development of theories and innovative methodologies in data science, and their application to the entire spectrum of biomedical science, from basic research to translation research, to clinical applications, with the ultimate goal of using data science to improve the health of our society.
Leading the evolution of social research
The data science revolution is bringing unprecedented opportunities to social science research. Never before have we had such enormity and variety of data, from endless social media streams to every survey imaginable, from outputs of every conceivable sensor and wireless device to massive consumer databases. We are seeing data in every form, every level of granularity and quality. Social scientists’ newest challenge is to generate insight from the data for the political, economic and social wellbeing of individuals and our society.