Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $22.5 million in state support for the creation of the Rochester Data Science Consortium on the University of Rochester Campus.
Gov. Cuomo says the consortium will create up to 184 new direct jobs and is expected to leverage more than $285 million in federal research funds and private investment.
Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems division will be the consortium’s first partner. The company is committing tens of millions of dollars in its intellectual property to the consortium.
The project also includes the construction of the brand new 60,000 square-foot building that will house the new consortium, which will be part of the University of Rochester’s Goergen Institute for Data Science.
New York is investing $15 million for the new home of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at Wegmans Hall, with $12.5 million through a new Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant and $2.5 million for the project previously awarded through multiple Regional Council capital grants.
The State is also investing $7.5 million in Upstate Revitalization Initiative funding to operate the consortium for three years.
The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation announced a $10 million commitment to the project. The Goergen Institute is located inside the brand new Wegmans Hall, which will also be home to the New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science.
The University is focusing on three initial domains of data science research; health analytics; artificial intelligence and cognitive science and the development of new data science methods, tools, and infrastructure to drive discovery in science, national security and defense, business, medicine and virtually every other field.