University of Florida Data Science & Information Technology
Advances in computing, communication, and cyber technologies are providing for unprecedented opportunities to impact society using data. In the future, physicians will routinely assemble an individual’s complex genetic code, lifestyle, medical history and current vitals, compare this to thousands of other similar subjects, and prescribe personalized healthcare that provides superior health outcomes. Cyber-connected autonomous vehicles will routinely deliver purchases and people. Computers will use artificial intelligence to design and test new machines with limited human input. This tsunami of data science technology will impact nearly every area of our economy and lifestyle going forward. Those who recognize and learn to leverage this capability will have a significant advantage not only in the high tech business of computation and communication, but in healthcare, engineering design, retail, scientific discovery, and a multitude of other fields where the effective leveraging to this data explosion will prove to be vital in global competition.
The University of Florida Data Science and Information Technology building will be an interdisciplinary hub focused on the development and application of computing, communication, and cyber technologies to a broad spectrum of areas including healthcare, pharmacology, security, technology development, and fundamental science. The co-location of research and educational activities from the colleges of engineering, medicine, pharmacy, and the informatics institute will facilitate the cross-disciplinary data science solutions to a vast array of challenges and opportunities. The UF Data Science Information Technology (DSIT) Center will consist of two co-located, semiautonomous interconnected building wings. The University is considering the incorporation of shared auditorium and/or atrium that will be common space, shared conference rooms and other spaces which interconnects the two wings. Each wing with six or seven levels with an approximate total size of 260,000 GSF, state of the art multidisciplinary facility with a visions for a “signature architecture, program intent and sustainability” which would be engaged in the engineering, healthcare and bioinformatics programs.