DSI’s Jeannette M. Wing Discusses Data for Good at Columbia’s Beijing Center

Using data science to transform fields and solve societal problems

Jeannette Wing speaking about Data for Good at Columbia Global Centers | BeijingOn November 11, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invited Jeannette M. Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia, to give a lecture titled “Data Science: The Next Big Thing.”

In her lecture, Wing described how the application of data science is helping to solve some of society’s biggest problems while also transforming academic and professional fields. She also presented an overview of the Data Science Institute’s goals and mission and discussed the institute’s thriving master’s program.  

Wing is one of the world’s leading authorities on data science and computer science. Before being appointed director of the Data Science Institute in 2017, she was a corporate vice president with Microsoft Research, where she oversaw a global network of research labs. She was also  head of the esteemed computer science department at Carnegie Mellon, and assistant director for computer and information science and engineering at the National Science Foundation.

Her lecture was well attended and more than 99,000 people live streamed her talk.

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing was established in March 2009 as one of the first in the network of Columbia Global Centers. As Columbia’s focal point in and open gate to China, the Beijing Center has a unique position linking China to the region, the hemisphere, and the rest of the global centers around the world, providing Columbia faculty and students with opportunities to expand their research and scholarship.


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