2021 HDSI Competitive Research Fund Awards

April 20, 2021

Each year the Harvard Data Science Initiative Competitive Research Fund provides targeted seed and bridge funding to Harvard faculty who propose novel methods, innovations, or solutions to data science challenges. Since 2017 the HDSI has provided over $1.4 million in funding across the University.

This year the HDSI awarded funds to projects by Boaz Barak (Computer Science), Edo Berger (Astronomy), ...

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HDSR Podcast Episode 2

April 15, 2021
We’re going to the Oscars on this month’s episode of the HDSR Podcast.  What are the biggest predictors of an Oscar win?  What are the pros and cons of using quantitative vs. qualitative data? Has the film industry’s increased use of streaming services impacted Oscar predictions? We investigate these questions and more by speaking with two renowned Oscar experts: Boston Globe film critic and columnist Ty Burr and Ben Zauzmer, author of Oscarmetrics... Read more about HDSR Podcast Episode 2

HDSI Statement on AAPI Racism

March 20, 2021

The Harvard Data Science Initiative condemns the murders of eight people in Atlanta on March 16. Six of the eight victims were Asian women. Their killings took place against a backdrop of increasing violence and violent rhetoric towards Asian Americans and Asian American women in particular. These facts underscore the...

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New Podcast from HDSR  

February 14, 2021
The Harvard Data Science Review has launched a monthly podcast that aims to show news, policy, and business through the lens of data science. The inaugural episode, “The Data of Love” contains a fascinating interview with relationship experts Drs. Julia and John Gottman from The Gottman Institute about the secrets of long-lasting love. Listen here. Read more about New Podcast from HDSR  

Bias^2 Fund Awardees

January 28, 2021

Last fall the HDSI launched the Bias^2 Program, aiming to support research, feature speakers, and engage the data science community towards using data science to uncover bias, and understanding and combating the use of badly-conceived data science that can reinforce bias and inequity. As part of that effort we inaugurated the Bias^2 Research fund with $250,000 in funding.


Today we are proud to announce the four awardees: Flavio Calmon, ... Read more about Bias^2 Fund Awardees

Postdoctoral Fellows Research Fund

January 27, 2021
The Harvard Data Science Initiative welcomes applications for our third annual HDSI Postdoctoral Fellows Research Fund.
The goal of the fund is to incentivize and support cross-disciplinary collaboration between data scientists at the postdoctoral level. This year, we envisage making a single award of up to $25,000, and two to three smaller awards of $5,000-10,000 each. Funds may be used to hire students, buy access to data or software; or for travel and... Read more about Postdoctoral Fellows Research Fund