Data Science for Social Good Adds UK Locations, Opens 2019 Applications Now seeking students, staff and project partners for program’s seventh year The 2019 edition of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowship will feature two new international sites in the UK, through collaborations with The Alan Turing Institute, the University of Warwick, [...]
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João Caldeira, Alex Fout, Aniket Kesari, Raesetje Sefala UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that this project team won a Highlighted Paper Award at the AI For Social Good NIPS2018 Workshop! Congratulations to the Jakarta Fellows! Improving Traffic Safety in Jakarta Through Video Analysis The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 1.25 million people [...]
Jerica Copeny, Samantha Fu, Rebecca Johnson, and Teng Ye Tackling Tenant Harassment in New York City: A Data-Driven Approach This summer, our team of Data Science for Social Good fellows at the University of Chicago has partnered with the New York City Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) with the goal of helping them better target [...]
2018 Data Science for Social Good Goes Global, Tackling Diabetes, Tenant Harassment, Unemployment, and More Fellows in Chicago and Portugal adapt data science and AI approaches for projects with non-profits and international governments In Chicago and Portugal this summer, the science behind self-driving cars, virtual assistants, and targeted advertising will be repurposed for nobler pursuits: [...]
Data-Driven Inspections for Safer Housing in San Jose, California The Multiple Housing team in San Jose’s Code Enforcement Office is tasked with protecting the occupants of properties with three or more units, such as apartment buildings, fraternities, sororities, and hotels. They do so by conducting routine inspections of these properties, looking for everything from blight [...]
Combining Data and Behavioral Science to Reduce Water Shut Offs Behavioral science and psychology can help explain the underlying reasons for seemingly irrational behavior which cities aim to address, such as using payday loans or committing property crimes. Unfortunately, determining the underlying causes of human behavior is difficult for a single individual, let alone an [...]
Connecting the Dots for Better Outcomes The most vulnerable individuals in society often struggle with long-lasting, multi-faceted challenges such as mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, and homelessness. Individuals experiencing these difficulties tend to interact with public services and departments frequently, yet many communities struggle to identify them and meet their needs in meaningful [...]
Preventive Care for the City's Circulatory System Around the world, cities are showing signs of old age. For urban areas, one of the first signs of advancing years comes in its circulatory system -- the water infrastructure -- as pipes laid underground over a century ago start to break down. Beyond the direct cost of [...]
Police Project Update: Expanding and Implementing the Early Intervention System In recent years, the issue of police violence and misconduct has repeatedly made headlines and inspired protests across the United States. With each incident, the trust between police departments and the communities they protect takes damage, and the work of police officers in the field [...]
The Real World: DSSG This is the true story of 42 strangers picked to live in a dorm, work together, and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. Welcome to The Real World: DSSG. Okay, so we don’t tape their lives (except for when [...]