The University of Auckland has recently been awarded a grant of NZD 10 million for data science research from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Strategic Science Investment Fund. This will enable the university to lead one of four successful bids under the initiative, which is aimed at harnessing the benefits of advanced data science and ensuring strong collaborations locally and internationally.
The focus of the project is to develop new methods that gather and integrate useful data that needs minimal human intervention. This initiative is a collaboration between the Universities of Auckland, Otago, Canterbury and Massey and will entail computer scientists and statisticians working with scientists in fields such as computational biology and ecology.
The project aims to enhance the application of data science in complex research settings, make processing more efficient and create computationally-reproducible workflows that are published, open and easily reused. A major part of the budget is expected to be directed towards training and equipping doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to successfully apply data science methods to unique New Zealand datasets that will consequently improve knowledge and understanding in specific fields. The project has the potential to help New Zealand position itself at the forefront of emerging data science technologies.
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