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Data Institute for Societal Challenges

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Our world is creating massive amounts of data through cellphones, sensors, videos,  automation, and simulation. These data have enormous potential to transform our lives and help in solving our greatest societal challenges. The Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC) will create innovative advances in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-world applications. We will develop and grow convergent research teams focused on solutions for local to global challenges implementing foundational data science and data-enabled research.

At DISC, we strive to facilitate and empower collaboration between research teams and partners. We encourage you to explore and get involved with one of our many innovative Communities of Practice. You can also add your name to our Membership Directory to lend your expertise to other researchers if needed and be included in exclusive member-only workshops and events.

Data Institute for Societal Challenges

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DISC Members

150 Faculty | 103 Students | 15 Staff | 18 Postdocs


DISC Affiliates

238 Faculty | 157 Students | 22 Staff | 14 Postdocs

Communities of Practice


Communities of Practice


Brain & Behavior

Community Engagement

Digital Humanities

Environmental Systems Science

Machine Learning & Big Data in the Social Sciences


Opioid Research

Supply Chain 

 3D Workflow

Business & Economics 



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Featured News

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University of Oklahoma Receives $4M Grant for Supply Chain Resiliency Research

April 29, 2024

The University of Oklahoma has received a nearly $4 million congressional appropriation for supply chain risk management research from the 448th Supply Chain Management Wing of the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center.

Mitigating Methane Emissions: DISC's Inaugural Series Lecture and Beyond

March 11, 2024

The Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC) has officially launched its Methane Gas Lecture Series, aimed at addressing one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time. OU has several large efforts funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop new sensor technology, infrastructure, data integration, analytics, and actionable information production projects to enable the reduction of methane emissions and create a zero-methane-emission U.S. energy production system. The inaugural presentation, held on February 9, 2024, featured esteemed speakers Dr. David Allen and Mr. Daniel Zimmerle, who shared their expertise on methane emissions and their implications for climate change.