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
Mathematical models have helped the U.S. optimize COVID-19 vaccine allocation and delivery to boost vaccination rates. But these models have not overcome existing health disparities.
American Family Insurance has partnered with the University of Wisconsin–Madison through the Institute to offer mini-grants of $75,000-to-$150,000 for data science research at UW–Madison.
Recent advances in environmental data science have enabled ecologists to work at scales that reflect the vast regions and species affected by climate change.
The American Family Insurance Data Science Institute is looking for a focused, innovative, and professional individual eager to help us expand our research porfolio.
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 is committed to advancing discovery that benefits society through cutting-edge research and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
We are catalyzing and mobilizing our research community to meet data-rich grand challenges.
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.
The DSI will lead a vibrant, innovative, inclusive and collaborative data science research community, and advance the social good, through a coherent research agenda backed by resources, space, and data science expertise.
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.
We are working at home during COVID and our offices are closed until further notice.