Generating data, related to different disciplines, is continually increasing. Social media, online scientific literature, video material, click and interaction patterns, financial transactions, customer behavior, sensors and scientific instrumentation are examples of important data sources. The ability to utilize data will aid government efficiency, improve healthcare quality, steer innovation in business, promote more effective law enforcement. Extracting information and knowledge from data has become a main driving force for scientific discovery and innovation. We can fully employ these vast amounts of data if we have the methodologies to store and process it and turn it into valuable and accessible information. It employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of Mathematics, Statistics, Information Sciences, and Computer Science. At its core, Data Science involves using automated methods to analyze massive amounts of data and to extract knowledge from them.
What is Data Science? Data science, also known as data-driven science, is an interdisciplinary field about scientific methods, processes, and systems to extract knowledge or insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured. It is the study of where information comes from, what it represents and howit can be turned into a valuable resource in the creation of business and IT strategies. The key word in Data Science is not “Data”; it is “Science“. Data science is only useful when the data are used to answer a question. That is the science part of the equation. Jim Gray, Turing award winner, imagined data science as a “fourth paradigm” of science besides empirical, theoretical, and computational science and asserted that “everything about science is changing because of the impact of information technology and the data deluge”.
In IPM Data Science Research Center we aim to develop world-class data science talent and technology within Iran. Our goal is to be the focal point for research, innovation, and education in data science. The objective is to cement Iran’s position as a major international player and hub of academic excellence in data science in the middle east. The key goal of IPM Data Science Center is to advance and enable data science research across disciplines, research institutes and industry both within Iran and beyond. We bring together data science researchers from academia, industry, and government to share ideas, pursue research and foster talent. Our strategic direction in IPM Data Science Center is to be active in many areas in terms of Research, Education, and Entrepreneurship.