About IDEAL

The Institute for Data, Econometrics, Algorithms, and Learning (IDEAL) is a multi-discipline (computer science, statistics, economics, electrical engineering, and operations research) and multi-institution (Northwestern University, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, and University of Chicago) collaborative institute that focuses on key aspects of the theoretical foundations of data science. The institute will support the study of foundational problems related to machine learning, high-dimensional data analysis and optimization in both strategic and non-strategic environments. The primary activity of the institute will be thematically focused quarters which will coordinate graduate course work with workshops and external visitors. The institute will facilitate collaboration between Chicago-area institutions through a number of initiatives, and across multiple disciplines. Several components of the research agenda have direct applications areas, and institute will involve practitioners in development economics, online markets, public policy, as well as data scientists.

Upcoming Special Quarter

The primary activity of the institute are thematically focused quarters which will coordinate graduate course work, visiting predoctoral fellows, workshops, and external visitors. Visit the special quarters page to see all of our upcoming special quarters.

Spring 2020

Inference and Data Science on Networks
March 30 – June 6, 2020

Featured News

Spring 2020 Kickoff Workshop

Research activities of the Special Quarter on Inference and Data Science on Networks kickoff on Tuesday, May 5th, with an 11-3pm virtual workshop.  The Organizers of the special quarter will give...

IDEAL Spring 2020 Special Quarter on Inference and Data Science on Networks goes remote.

IDEAL Spring 2020 Special Quarter on Inference and Data Science on Networks goes remote. Three remote PhD courses kickoff on Monday. PhD students from other institutions can apply to join remotely...

Announcing IDEAL Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2020-2022

The institute invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships starting Fall of 2020, to conduct inter-disciplinary research that focuses on the theoretical foundations of data science. One...

New Collaborative Institute Aims to Explore Theoretical Foundations of Data Science

Joining forces with leading Chicago-area research institutions, Northwestern Engineering and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics colaunched the Institute for Data,...

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Our Sponsors

IDEAL is a HDR TRIPODS institute supported by the National Science Foundation under award CCF 1934931.