Beginning Fall Semester 2019, the MU Informatics Institute (MUII) has a new name. It has been renamed the MU Institute for Data Science and Informatics (MUIDSI) based on faculty and student recommendations.

The name change identifies the Institute as the leading face of data science on the MU campus, bringing together the energy and collaborations of several academic units that work together to make the interdisciplinary programs a success, including the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, Sinclair School of Nursing, and the School of Journalism.

This name change emphasizes the two degrees currently offered by the Institute, the PhD in Informatics (bioinformatics, health informatics, and geoinformatics) and the MS in Data Science and Analytics (biotechnology, data journalism/strategic communication, geospatial, high-performance computing, and human-centered data design).

“We believe informatics and data analytics offer key solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges in healthcare, social disparities, and food for the future,” said the Director, Dr. Chi-Ren Shyu.

In January 2019, aligning with the UM System Research Strategic Initiative and MU research, creative activities and economic development plan, the Institute for Data Science and Informatics launched four Data-Driven Discovery Initiatives in Precision Medicine, Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Science, and Rural and Population Health, to empower campus-wide and system-wide data-driven researchers to seek large-scale and multi-investigator extramural funding and provide data competency training for all disciplines.