The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute is committed to advancing discovery that benefits society through cutting-edge research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
We are growing a vibrant, innovative and inclusive data science research community at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Accelerating research through strategic partnerships
AFIDSI partners with campus researchers and research teams to overcome data science challenges, such as aggregating and curating data from multiple sources and building out research pipelines. This collaboration adds depth to research, enabling investigation of new questions.
Last spring, as the campus and state shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AFIDSI responded to the need for mathematical modeling to guide policy decisions and public health outreach. Within weeks, the institute had convened a team of leaders and experts from across the U.S.
American Family Insurance has partnered with UW through AFIDSI to support fundamental data science research. The American Family Funding Initiative provides research awards of up to $150,000, with research teams based in departments across the UW-Madison campus.
Fostering a thriving data science community
The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute’s first two years have been nothing if not eventful. After finding innovative ways to confront the pandemic with data, the institute’s next big project is recruiting a permanent director. Applications are due April 15.
The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute seeks an individual to advance the research activities of faculty members, students, and staff in a broad range of scholarly disciplines that would benefit from data science methods.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for the director position at the American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (DSI).
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The American Family Funding Initiative is hosting a number of events designed to help applicants create competitive proposals, including office hours with representatives from American Family and DoIT Research Cyberinfrastructure.
AFIDSI performs cutting-edge research in the fundamentals of data science and catalyzes the translation of this research into practice, to advance scientific discovery in collaboration with researchers across campus and beyond.
Connect with us
The AFIDSI is administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with an endowment from American Family Insurance. We welcome inquiries about our work and collaboration opportunities.
AFIDSI is located on the 10th and 11th floors of the McArdle Bulding, 447 Lorch St., on the UW-Madison campus. Please note that we are working at home during COVID and our offices are closed until further notice.