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Center of Excellence


The Center of Excellence in Data Science (CoE) is housed in the Goergen Institute for Data Science and funded by the New York State Department of Economic Development. The NYSTAR CoE program helps to drive regional economic development through supporting basic research, training, and technology development.

The CoE is committed to applying data science methods and tools to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges in sectors including:

  • Medicine and health
  • Imaging and optics
  • Energy and the environment
  • Food and agriculture
  • Defense and national security
  • Economics and finance

Partnerships between the University, industry, academia, and governmental entities leverage the strengths of each organization while serving common goals of discovery and innovation, ultimately resulting in regional economic development.

Industry Support

With the University’s strong academic programs and trainees, high-performance computing and infrastructure resources, and expert researchers, there are myriad opportunities to work together on the leading edge of this emerging field.

The CoE offers support for companies and other partners in the following areas:

In addition to the resources listed above, companies can work with CoE to find talented interns or participate in student capstone projects, where student teams will apply their knowledge to address real world data driven industry needs.

Faculty and Researcher Support

The CoE helps foster collaborations between research experts at the University of Rochester and industries in New York State. We also support several distinguished researchers and scholars whose research aligns with CoE research priority areas and initiatives.

Undergraduate and Graduate Support

Our goal is to increase the pool of well-trained, highly skilled data scientists to meet national demands by supporting formal graduate and undergraduate programs and experiential learning opportunities. See the education and training page for more information.


Mujdat Cetin
Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science
Robin and Tim Wentworth Director, Goergen Institute for Data Science
Office: (585) 276-5061