September 2012

  • Professors HV Jagadish and Vijay Nair hold organizational meetings on data science with university faculty

February 2014

  • Data science presentations and initial proposal made to university leadership

November 2014

  • Proposal for University of Michigan Data Science Initiative submitted to Provost by Brian Athey and H.V. Jagadish on behalf of a University of Michigan-wide committee

July 2015

  • Michigan Institute for Data Science is created. Brian Athey and Al Hero are appointed MIDAS co-Directors.  HV Jagadish and Vijay Nair are appointed Distinguished Scientists in MIDAS, and are also recognized, as Co-Founders with Brian and Al. Eric Michielssen, U-M Associate Vice President for Advanced Research Computing (ARC), was also instrumental in the creation of MIDAS.