BIDS is a central hub of data-intensive research, open source software,
and data science training programs at UC Berkeley.


Our programs and initiatives are designed to facilitate collaboration across an increasingly diverse and active data science community of domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences, as well as methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. Since its launch in 2013, BIDS has cultivated an environment of open inquiry and discovery for data-intensive research.  As an integral part of UC Berkeley’s Division of Data Science and Information, launched in 2019, we continue to seek new and creative ways to cross traditional academic boundaries and engage researchers representing a wide array of disciplines.


BIDS supports faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate/undergraduate research in a variety of fields in the life, health, social, and physical sciences, the humanities, and in computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics.


BIDS contributes to a number of open source, open science, and open data resource communities in support of academic research.


BIDS training programs reflect our commitment to augment degree programs and provide valuable, accessible resources that expand collaboration opportunities for the campus community.


BIDS has a highly participative governance and management model, which includes our entire research and professional staff and welcomes our fellows. BIDS is led by a Faculty Director, working with an Executive Director.  A Faculty Council represents Berkeley and other UC faculty in the shared governance of the Institute.  In consultation with the BIDS Directors, the Council provides oversight for BIDS to fulfill its mission.  


Saul Perlmutter

Faculty Director, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Director, Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Professor, Department of Physics, UC Berkeley
2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics

David Mongeau

Executive Director

Faculty Council

Joshua Blumenstock

School of Information, UC Berkeley

Henry Brady

Goldman School of Public Policy, MSDSE Co-I

Sandrine Dudoit

Biostatistics, Statistics, UC Berkeley

Rosemary Gillespie

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Berkeley Natural History Museums; UC Berkeley

Marta C. Gonzalez

City and Regional Planning, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley; Energy Analysis & Environmental Impacts Division, LBNL

Heather Haveman

Sociology, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Sharmila Majumdar

Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Orthopedic Surgery, Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF

Niek Veldhuis

Assyriology, Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

Laura Waller

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley



Since its launch in 2013, BIDS has been supported by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with generous support from UC Berkeley.  As part of the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments (MSDSE), along with our colleagues at data science organizations at the University of Washington and New York University, we have sought to enhance data-driven discovery and support cross-disciplinary academic data scientists, research initiatives and training programs that advance data-intensive discovery; and to empower researchers to be more effective by utilizing new methods, new tools, new partnerships, and new career paths. The initial Working Groups, formed as part of these early efforts, continue to make substantive contributions to the data science community both here at UC Berkeley and across a growing nationwide community of academic data science.




Industry Partners

We thank our Industry Partners for their affiliation with us,  and in particular for their support of our research endeavors and workforce development.

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Johnson & Johnson / Janssen
  • Microsoft
  • Siemens
  • State Street

Founding Support

We are indebted to the University of California Berkeley Library for its ongoing provision of support for the BIDS community to convene at Doe Memorial Library, where we enjoy learning together and welcoming others.  We also remain grateful to our primary supporters as they have enabled BIDS to play a major role in bringing data science to the forefront of academic research and training at Berkeley.

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Academic and Laboratory Partners

BIDS appreciates the support of these academic and research partners, in particular for their investment in BIDS Data Science Fellowships.

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute

Campus Community

The network of data-intensive units at Berkeley has many nodes, and we thank the following institutes, centers, and programs for collaborating to energize the network together.

  • Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITTS) 
  • Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) 
  • Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (CSTMS) 
  • Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk (CDAR) 
  • Data Science Education Program (DSEP) 
  • Data Sciences for the 21st Century (DS421)
  • FODA Institute (Foundations of Data Analysis)
  • Guizhou Berkeley Big Data Innovation Research Center (GBIC)
  • Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) 
  • Social Science Data Laboratory (D-Lab)




BIDS continually seeks to expand our data science environment and welcome more collaborators who share our commitment to

Continually stretch the limits of data-driven discovery by creating and sharing innovatory research practices, solutions, and tools to benefit society, science, and the economy.

Those interested in discussing affiliation with the Institute are invited to learn about our membership programs, which offer multiple opportunities to engage with and support the world-class researchers, educators, and students advancing data science at UC Berkeley.

Strategic Partner
Sustaining Partner
Industry Partner
Corporate Collaborator - for custom-designed research and training programs

Please contact BIDS Executive Director David Mongeau at mongeau@berkeley.edu for more information.


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