We now live in a time of big data. The intelligent decisions generated by data and algorithms have become an important component in our daily life. How to create value from secure, fair and efficient algorithms has become an important challenge faced by every industry in our society. With such a background, the School of Data Science (SDS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is established on July 1st, 2020. Located in Shenzhen, the innovation hub of China, the SDS is committed to providing students with a vibrant and diverse environment to fully develop their potentials and to cultivating top innovative talents with a global perspective. Our goal is to become the leading teaching and research center of Data Science in the Greater Bay Area and worldwide.
The world-class faculty is the foundation of the School of Data Science. Many faculty members have been tenured professors in top universities in the world, and are international leaders in their respective fields. Currently, the School offers a comprehensive set of education programs, including four undergraduate programs, two master programs, and one PhD program. The four undergraduate programs are in Data Science and Big Data Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Statistics, and Financial Engineering. The two master programs are in Master of Data Science and Master of Financial Engineering. The doctoral program is in Data Science. Core courses in data science such as machine learning, artificial intelligence will be offered across all programs and to students at all levels. Such a systematic and state-of-the-art education opens the future of data science research and applications to all students. Among past graduates of these programs, many have gone to top universities around the world for graduate studies including some being admitted with PhD programs in full scholarship at Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Cornell for PhD studies.
The School of Data Science has attracted faculty members from multiple disciplines including computer science, operations research, and statistics. This multidisciplinary structure promotes a natural balance among foundational research and applied research. Current applied research areas include bioinformatics, communications systems, finance, AI medical diagnosis, precision medicine, cloud computing, robotics, logistics and supply chain management. Many of these applied research have been carried out through our collaboration with Tencent Joint Lab, JD Joint Lab, Huawei Joint Lab, as well as Shenzhen Research Institute of Big Data (SRIBD), and Shenzhen Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Society (AIRS).
The development of our society brings us the demand for talents of data science. At the same time, it brings huge responsibility and challenges on us. We will always take first-class teaching and research as our responsibilities. In the meantime, we will actively promote exchanges and collaborations with colleagues at home and abroad, in order to make the SDS a center for high-quality talents in data science, as well as an international hub for research and collaboration. Here, we sincerely invite researchers, scholars and students who share our vision to join us, and to achieve this goal together!