Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS)

BIDS logoBIDS is a central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science

Who we are

Founded in 2013, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) is a central hub of research and education at UC Berkeley designed to facilitate and nurture data-intensive science. People are at the heart of BIDS. We are building a community centered on a cohort of talented data science fellows and senior fellows who are representative of the world-class researchers from across campus and are leading the data science revolution within their disciplines.

How We Work

Our initiatives are designed to bring together broad constituents of the data science community, including domain experts from the life, social, and physical sciences and methodological experts from computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics. While many of these individuals rarely cross professional paths, BIDS actively seeks new and creative ways to engage and foster collaboration across these different research fields.

Working Groups

BIDS labCareer Paths and Alternative Metrics

Education and Training

Software Tools and Environments

Reproducibility and Open Science

Working Spaces and Culture

Ethnography and Evaluation


BIDS regularly hosts lectures and events that are open to the public, and many previous events are available as videos.

Saul Perlmutter
(510) 642-3596
Staff contact
Marsha Fenner
Mailing address

190 Doe Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720
(510) 664-4506

In News

July 13, 2021

Computing and Data Sciences Improve What We Know About Wildfires and How to Fight Them

Our understanding, planning, and response to wildfires benefit from connections with data and computing sciences. Recent developments in machine learning and simulations can help first responders detect fires earlier, predict fires’ paths and limit blazes quickly. Through collaborations with practitioners in other fields like microbiology and forest management, these tools are answering previously intractable questions about fires that can inform policy and practice.