Welcome Civic Data Scientists of 2019! Over the next 10 weeks we’ll be taking on sea-level sensing, economic development and housing data, and modeling impact of connected vehicle infrastructure on emergency response times.

The Civic Data Science program at Georgia Tech is an NSF REU site that supports a 10-week immersive research experience for undergraduate students interested in contributing to the developing field of data science. Our focus is on the data, analytics, and user interaction aspects of data science in a domain that has not traditionally benefited from advances in computing—the civic sector. While civic applications of data science are diverse, they share common themes: they are frequently place-based, they deal with data coming from siloed collection systems, they involve inherently incomplete and inaccurate data, and they produce information and insights for use by non-data experts in government, in community governance organizations, and by community members.

By structuring the program’s research activities around civic data science problems, the products of the summer program to have near-term impact on our partnering local, government, and non-profit organizations. The CDS program also has long-term impact on the students by demonstrating opportunities to put technical skills to work in areas of civic importance. Each year the program recruits 10 outstanding undergraduates with diverse academic and cultural backgrounds from a highly competitive national applicant pool.