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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

136 Faculty | 84 Students | 15 Staff | 11 Postdocs


DISC Affiliates

225 Faculty | 135 Students | 18 Staff | 9 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

‘This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Climate:’ Federal Grant Funds Extreme Weather Research

September 08, 2023

Extreme weather events, like those impacting millions of Americans this summer, threaten public safety, destabilize supply chains and damage vital infrastructure. Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and the Los Alamos National Laboratory have been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore and simulate the atmospheric processes that lead to heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts and other potentially catastrophic weather events.