KPMG has joined the Industry Affiliates Program at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University.

The goal of Columbia’s DSI is to work with affiliates to advance data collection and interpretation techniques in order to address urgent societal problems. It also functions to educate data scientists.

KPMG’s goal as a new affiliate is to allow its data scientists to develop solutions for client challenges and promote interdisciplinary research to advance both theory and application. The firm plans to contribute to DSI’s curriculum by offering mentors to DSI students and capstone project ideas, where students take what they’ve learned throughout the course of their graduate program and apply it to examine a specific area of focus.

KPMG will also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research, particularly if there is an intersection with industry applications. Having a hand inside DSI will also enable the firm to help make sure graduating students have the practical skills to work in industry.

“We look forward to collaborating with KPMG to develop new data science tools,” said Sharon Sputz, director of strategic programs at DSI, in a statement. “We are also thrilled that our students will gain real-world experience by working with KPMG data scientists directly. We depend on relationships like this to prepare our students for the changing needs of a rapidly evolving industry.”

DSI consists of seven centers and two working groups, which focus on cybersecurity, health and financial analytics, new media, smart cities, gathering, storing and analyzing sensor data, and developing the tools to analyze large data sets.


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