Yale’s Data Science Lab to launch in October as part of university-wide STEM push
A new data science initiative, the Klein Tower Institute, will launch on October 14, but won’t move to the eponymous facility until renovations are completed next summer.
Yale Daily News
The Klein Tower Institute is Yale University’s newest initiative created to increase the stature and presence of Yale’s data science products, launching October 14.
Yale Corporation has voted to establish a new data science lab in 2021. The lab will be located in the soon to be renovated Klein Tower. The institute will recruit nearly 50 of his faculty members this summer and is set to launch in October. The Klein Tower is still being renovated, so there won’t be any physical space in the lab until next summer when we move to our home base.
“This is certainly a new era for Yale and data science at Yale,” said Amin Karbasi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. “Data science and AI have transformed many scientific disciplines in the last few years. seeks to establish a university-wide collaboration in data science.”
Karbasi said the institute will be a focal point on campus for students and faculty interested in or involved in data analytics and artificial intelligence-based solutions.
The Institute primarily supports data science activities beyond traditional departmental boundaries by offering conferences, workshops, seminars, and academic partnerships. Members span multiple disciplines, including statistics and data science, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and economics.
Daniel Spielman, director of the Daniel Spielman Institute and professor of computer science, mathematics, statistics and data science, said the AI lab he belongs to can only meet at Yale University.
“This allows Yale University to play a more central role in this area,” said Spielman.
According to Spielman, having a defined physical space for the institute within the Klein Tower will increase the scope and usefulness of the program. Following the tower’s renovation, the building will also house the departments of mathematics, statistics, data science and astronomy.
The Institute’s October 14th launch event will be held at the Yale Science Building and will include a series of short talks at the OC Marsh Lecture Hall.
Planning for the Institute has been underway for several months, but this summer has seen significant progress in developing the organizational structure. In addition to recruiting her first 50 faculty members, the institute has formed multiple committees to manage various aspects of operations.
First and foremost, the Institute has formed a steering committee to provide high-level guidance. The committee is made up of Spielman, University President Scott Straubel, Jeff Block, Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and his 11 faculty members, including his three ex-officio members.
The Institute also formed a launch committee, a committee to plan workshops, a committee to run seminars, and an executive committee to handle short-term issues. James Emerson, a professor of statistics and data science who serves on the launch committee, said the October event was a “soft launch,” with a larger event taking place once the tower opens.
“[I am] I am very excited about the new ideas my colleagues and their labs are working on regarding the fundamental mathematics, statistics, algorithms and the kinds of applications that motivate their work related to data science,” said James. Duncan, professor of biomedical engineering, radiology and biomedical imaging, wrote in an email to News. “I also look forward to sharing my work and ideas and seeing how they differ or relate to what others are doing.”
Duncan, who serves on both the institute’s steering and executive committees, said his committee was recently working to identify workshop topics and “determine a final name” for the institute. said.
The Institute has retained its original name to date, but there have been efforts to change it.
Members of the institute recently petitioned the Yale Corporation, the university’s supreme governing body, to change its name to the Institute for Foundations of Data Science, Spielman said.
The Klein Tower was New Haven’s tallest building from 1966 to 1969.