Enabling innovation
Engaging partners
Training students

TDAI: Translating into success

2016-17 progress highlights

Community Building

  • With the support of 18 external partners and Ohio State offices, earned the designation of university-level institute to drive the development, application, and study of translational data analytics solutions across the university’s campuses and beyond
  • Grew membership to 130 faculty affiliates representing 40-plus disciplines, 13 colleges, and three campuses, including 52 hires in 18 different tenure-initiating units
  • Established the first of several faculty-led communities of practice to define interdisciplinary research agendas and related funding capture plans in areas such as sensing and smart/connected communities
  • Won a National Science Foundation award to use innovations in big data and technology to address the high rate of infant mortality in greater Columbus
  • Supported winning NSF proposals to apply data science and analytics in the areas of health and wellness and food and security
  • United 60 faculty, 22 centers and labs, and six industry partners to win a bid to compete for $5 million in state of Ohio projects

Resource Support

  • Programmed 21,000 square feet of research, teaching, and innovation space in Pomerene Hall, TDAI’s future home and the university’s data analytics hub. The unprecedented facility received $40 million in state funding and will open in June 2018.
  • Awarded more than $176,000 in seed grants to faculty researchers, which was supported by nearly $164,000 in matching funds, to advance discovery and application of data analytics methods and tools to solve challenges such as managing memory for Alzheimer’s sufferers and locating unexploded munitions that threaten populations throughout Southeast Asia
  • Launched the creation of a dynamic new Data Commons to facilitate big data sharing and problem solving, incorporating industry and community partnerships


  • Hosted and sponsored 19 outreach and engagement events on campus that brought together students, TDA affiliates and other faculty, and industry partners
  • Co-led the first Amazon Web Services “Agriculture in the Cloud Day” event at Ohio State, which brought together more than 100 university and industry experts, students, and members of the local community to discuss the use of big data and the cloud to improve agriculture
  • Launched an international research exchange program in data science and analytics with Nagoya University (Japan) and established strategic partnerships with other Japanese entities
  • Began serving on National Science Foundation Midwest Big Data Hub planning committees and working groups to advance the use of data science to solve regional problems

Teaching and Learning

  • Completed an analysis of academic programming in data analytics across Ohio State’s 15 colleges, resulting in plans endorsed by the Council of Academic Affairs to develop two new master’s programs
  • Commenced development of a Professional Science Master’s in translational data analytics, hosting three town hall discussions with faculty and students and an industry roundtable with 10 companies on its design and curriculum
  • Co-created a new visualization track within the undergraduate data analytics major
  • Created tools for students starting careers and provided speaking opportunities with corporate leaders
  • Sponsored student-specific events at the university, including the OHI/O Hackathon, which convened industry sponsors and participants and more than 700 students from across the country, and the ASA DataFest