René Vidal, Rachleff University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in Penn Engineering and in the Department of Radiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, is the IDEAS Center’s inaugural director. Vidal’s own research focuses on the mathematical foundations of deep learning and its applications in computer vision and biomedical data science.

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Sonia Castro Rodriguez

Program Coordinator

René Vidal

Director of the Innovation in Data Engineering and Science Initiative


Faculty Recruitment

Thanks to a major $750 million investment in science, engineering and medicine, IDEAS is engaged in an aggressive hiring effort for multiple tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Data Science (DS) with an emphasis in the following research areas:

Foundations of AI/ML/DS

Understanding the mathematical foundations of AI/ML/DS to enable the development of the next generation of data-driven methods.

Scientific AI/ML/DS

Data-driven approaches that can transform scientific discovery and modeling of new phenomena across engineering and science.

Trustworthy AI/ML/DS

Design and engineering of fair, ethical, explainable, robust, safe, and trustworthy data-driven autonomous systems.

Bio-inspired AI/ML/DS

Developing new paradigms for bridging the gap between human and machine learning, bio-inspired computing, and AI in health.

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Penn AI x Science Postdoctoral Fellows Program

In response to the rapid evolution of the AI landscape and the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, we are launching a unified postdoctoral fellows program that spans the sciences and AI. The program aims to seamlessly integrate the strengths of the Center for Innovation in Data Engineering and Science (IDEAS) and the Data Driven Discovery Initiative (DDDI) into a single home for data science postdoctoral fellows in SEAS and SAS. Both engineering and science oriented postdocs will benefit from sustained peer interactions within the program, broad exposure to faculty across schools, and opportunities for cross-school faculty mentorship.

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Amy Gutmann Hall

Opening Fall 2024

Amy Gutmann Hall is slated to be the new home for data engineering and science at Penn, and will serve as a hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations that harness research and data across Penn's 12 schools and numerous academic centers. Including active learning classrooms, collaborative spaces for student projects, and a data science hub for the entire Penn community, Amy Gutmann Hall will centralize resources that will advance the work of scholars across a wide variety of fields while making the tools and concepts of data analysis more accessible to the entire Penn community.

Learn more about how Amy Guttman Hall will serve as hub for cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Data Science Hub

The IDEAS Data Science Hub will focus on infusing data-driven approaches into every discipline and sparkling new collaborations with academia, industry, and the next generation of data scientists in Philadelphia’s public schools.