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UMass Amherst Big Data Report


New report from UMass Amherst covers the strength of Massachusetts and UMass 5 campuses in Big Data and Data Science, and projects 120K Big Data related jobs in Mass by 2018.



By Gregory Piatetsky, @kdnuggets.

UMass Amherst has recently launched a new Center for Data Science Center for Data Science that will coordinate and significantly expand its capacity for research, education and industry collaboration in the rapidly growing field of Big Data and Data Science.

In conjunction with this new Center, the university also issued a report which covers the strength of UMass System in Data Science and Big Data research and applications across its 5 campuses: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, and Worcester.
Nearly 200 UMass faculty members working in areas directly related to data science have collectively generated nearly $180 million in research funding since 2010 and are recognized internationally for their research.

Report highlights include

UMass professors are trailblazers in the field of wearable motion sensors, and the Amherst campus is a founding member of a national center of excellence focused on using mobile sensor data to improve patient health.


The UMass researchers have established partnerships with many Fortune 500 companies, including Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Oracle, Raytheon, BAE and MassMutual.

Private investment in Big Data in Massachusetts since 2000 has totaled $2.5 billion.

UMass system is the pipeline for Massachusetts data science workforce and awarded 17% of the 1,000 data science degrees granted statewide in 2012. The majority of graduates from comprehensive bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs remain in their home state.

The report projects that 120,000 Big Data related jobs expected by 2018, which I think is too high for "hard" Data Science jobs, but is quite plausible for a wider definition of "soft" Big Data-related jobs.

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