Founded in 2015, the MIT CISR Data Research Advisory Board (the "Data Board") is a community of data and analytics leaders who participate in and inform MIT CISR research. Board membership is reserved for employees of MIT CISR member organizations.
Principal Research Scientist Dr. Barbara Wixom leads the Data Research Advisory Board research program. Additionally, Barb draws upon academic expertise available through the MIT CISR network by inviting academics to engage with the Board as needed. Eleven non-CISR academic researchers (from eight universities located around the world) are assigned to data research efforts.
Each year, MIT CISR funds new data research projects, which deliver initial results in time for the end-of-year annual research forum. The Data Board is considered the first line of research for these projects. Also, MIT CISR regularly engages with universities around the globe to trial research ideas before formalizing them into annual projects; the Data Board will have the option to participate in those efforts as they form.