While it is impossible and undesirable to prescribe the research advances that Stanford Data Science will enable, it is useful to survey Stanford’s strengths with an eye toward the potential impact of data.
With this in mind, we have identified five areas in which we expect that SDS will have a substantial impact in its first years.
Understanding and overcoming poverty
The human population continues to grow, and more of us are attaining a reasonable standard of living. Unfortunately, this is not true for all. In the U.S. alone, about 40 million people live in poverty. New kinds of data combined with new data science would help to advance scientific understanding of how to most rapidly achieve sustainable prosperity.