Digitalization is finding its way into our everyday lives. Consumers compare prices online, read their daily newspaper on a tablet computer and form their opinions with the help of social media. Companies are digitalizing processes from productions, logistics to sales. Huge sets of data are accumulated in various forms: From easy-to-analyze spreadsheets to unstructured collections of video and audio files and social media posts.
Analyzing such large sets of data is highly relevant for research in the business and social sciences. Information gained from such data sets can help predict consumer decisions, train artificial intelligence and better understand social phenomena. For this very reason, the University of Mannheim expands its research activities in data science with an interdisciplinary professorship for data science in the business and social sciences. Methods of data analysis and machine learning are to be applied to large data sets with the goal of answering complex questions in the business and social sciences. The position is to be filled before December 2020.
The professorship for data science is part of the Business School, however, researchers will closely collaborate with their colleagues from the interdisciplinary Mannheim Data Science Center (MDS), from the social sciences, business informatics and business mathematics. Early-stage researchers will be taught in state-of-the-art data science methods as the professorship will collaborate with the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS).
The president’s office had called for proposals of all schools in order to determine the research focus of the new professorship in a competitive process. An expert committee of eight members consisting of emeriti, distinguished professors of all schools and external members who are familiar with the University of Mannheim has evaluated the proposals. The joint proposal of the Business School, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Business Informatics and Mathematics stood out thanks to its interdisciplinary approach, its contribution to the progress of the university and its focus on research questions of the future. Moreover, the new professorship is to strengthen the clear-cut profile of the University of Mannheim.