Establishing Data Science Thought Leaders

The Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute is committed to solving important business and community challenges by harnessing the power of data for research and scientific discovery.

Our research efforts are prioritized by using data to address three major themes:

  • Tackling some of the world’s largest health crises
  • Addressing challenging social issues that affect a large population
  • Finding innovative solutions for business and industry problems

Underlying these areas is an unwavering focus on the ethical use of data to ensure we’re on the cutting edge of data science trends and effecting positive change in a responsible manner.


NMDSI Active Research

NMDSI-supported research advances innovative ideas, while fostering collaborations that will lead to long-term, deep relationships among faculty — across disciplines — at both UW-Milwaukee and Marquette. Through these collaborations, we will maximize contributions to data science while producing internationally-recognized data science research and thought leadership. Check out these current active projects:

The Elecurator Project

The project tracks the major issues engaging both candidates and voters in the 2020 presidential election cycle. Using a technique known as social curation, the team is analyzing multiple sources of data to see what topics are important to voters and how the candidates are speaking about those same issues.

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Meet our Researchers

  • Dr. Amrita George
  • Assistant Professor of
  • Management
  • Information Systems
  • Marquette University

Dr. Amrita George's research focuses on business intelligence and analytics, emerging technologies, and health information technology; she provides an organizational perspective on the field of data science and healthcare. Through her research, George hopes her findings will enable organizations to quickly and efficiently deploy IT solutions, particularly emerging technologies.

She also hopes to influence public policymaking in bringing about societal changes using IT. One of the most counter-intuitive insights from her work is the impactful role of information technology on societal shifts. In one of her research, she renders a geospatial view of internet access on health outcomes, shining a light on the digital divide's impact on health outcomes.

George wants to explore newer data science techniques in analyzing data and enabling data-driven decision making. She says the role of context is underestimated, and she strives to bring forth the influential part of context forward through her research. When asked what she hopes her research legacy will be, she stated to be known as a technology realist.

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Affiliated Faculty

The NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program provides resources and support to data science faculty, tracks data science research and education, and facilitates building expert multidisciplinary teams from faculty with overlapping or complementary skills and interests.

By building a data science community based on collaboration and increasing the collective impact of data science research, the NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program brings us one step closer to achieving our goal of transforming our world through the power of data science.

Interested in joining the NMDSI Affiliated Faculty program? Submit your application below.

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