About the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

UB students working with professor.

Venugopal Govindaraju, Vice President for Research and Economic Development; SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Director, Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS), working with his students.

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS)  is an international leader in creating, curating and disseminating data and computing related knowledge and skills. ICDS responds to the demand for skilled workers who can thrive in the rapidly evolving fields of information technology and data science by providing degrees and programs to expand their skill sets.

ICDS integrates UB’s strong interdisciplinary graduate programs with its nationally recognized supercomputing facility, the Center for Computational Research (CCR).

Led by Bruce Pitman, ICDS is creating novel education training offerings ranging from research-oriented PhDs to skills-oriented continuing education to meet the data/computing workforce needs of the region and the nation.

ICDS is also developing a template for SUNY-wide use for integrated interdisciplinary programs in student-centric and just-in-time learning.

It is a joint effort between SEAS, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Management, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Professions.

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The ICDS Vision

ICDS will be an international leader in creating, curating and disseminating data and computing related knowledge and skills.


CDSE, Computational and Data-Enabled Sciences and Engineering, is a doctoral program within ICDS. This program is bringing forth a new generation of cyberscientists.

Decoding the human genome, modeling natural phenomenon, evaluating the impact of major disasters – these efforts all involve computational manipulation of large datasets. Analyzing big data has become vital across virtually all areas of science and engineering, and the CDSE program is focused on conducting and supporting research that explains the science of these complex systems.


The Center for Computational Research (CCR), a leading academic supercomputing facility, maintains a high-performance computing environment, high-end visualization laboratories, and support staff with expertise in computing, visualization, and networking.

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