ACM Sponsors Data Sciences Education Roundtable at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
January 17, 2017

ACM is sponsoring a new 3-year initiative by the National Academy of Sciences on data science postsecondary education. A series of roundtable discussions will bring together representatives from academia, industry, funding agencies, and professional societies to explore the transformative impacts of data, the needs of the diverse data science communities, the implications for employers, and ways to define and strengthen postsecondary education programs and opportunities for students.

The series of roundtables will include perspectives from senior experts and educators from the fields of computer science and computing, statistics, mathematics, and engineering. These professionals will share insights and suggestions on how we can realize the potential of technological developments, big data, machine learning, and advances in computing power.

The roundtable is chaired by Kathleen R. McKeown, the Henry and Gertrude Rothschild Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and also the Director of the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, and Eric Kolaczyk, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. The roundtable includes several ACM Fellows, SIG leaders, and award winners.

All meetings will be open to the public.

About the Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education
The Roundtable on Data Science Post-Secondary Education is organized by the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics in conjunction with the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, and the Board on Science Education.