The Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society serves as Notre Dame's intellectual, interdisciplinary hub for students, faculty, and research scientists, an incubator for existing and emerging data science and analytics programs across the colleges, and a collaborator with leaders from industry, government, and academia to advance data innovations and to help transform society and individual lives.
Founded in December of 2019 with a $25 million gift from alumnus Robert Lumpkins and his wife, Sara, the Lucy Family Institute contributes to scholarship and education related to the relationship between data and society, with the goal of using data and innovation as a force for good in the world.
The Lucy Family Institute brings expertise in data science, AI, data engineering, computing, applications, and methods. The Institute also brings forth core societal expertise in areas of human development, peace accord, ethics, global development, poverty, etc. Combining these core capabilities enables the Lucy Family Institute to compile best-in-class research teams aligned toward specific societal challenges that translate out of research and into practice.
As a part of its establishment, the Lucy Family Institute integrated two existing research centers that have a primary focus on data science, societal interface, and interdisciplinary applications of data science: the Center for Network and Data Science (CNDS) and the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR).