The University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing (IDSC) is dedicated to solving pressing societal challenges by empowering Data Science research, education, ethics, community engagement, and commercial ventures. IDSC’s world-class research team takes a collaborative approach to deploying the powerful tools of Data Science to uncover hidden patterns, find fresh insights, and advance STEM education at every level, linking academic research to real-world problems with the flexibility to respond quickly to emerging scientific issues.

IDSC’s Innovation Office oversees collaborative efforts between IDSC and other UM faculty, government, and/or industry seeking extramural funding for innovative intradisciplinary ideas. We invite you to learn more about how IDSC can become your partner in the powerful fields of Data Science and Computing.


Yelena Yesha, Chief Innovation Officer, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and ComputingYelena Yesha, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Arts and Sciences
IDSC Chief Innovation Officer | Head, International Relations

At the University of Miami, Dr. Yelena Yesha is a Visiting Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer Science, and the Chief Innovation Officer and Head of International Relations for IDSC. In this role, Dr. Yesha assists faculty in engaging government and industrial partners to collaborate with the University, and consults faculty on developing research ideas into innovations.

Dr. Yesha is also a tenured Distinguished University Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and, she is the Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Accelerated Real Time Analytics (CARTA). She received her B.Sc. degrees in Computer Science and in Applied Mathematics from York University, Toronto, Canada, in 1984, and her M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

Dr. Yesha has published 11 books as author or editor, and more than 200 papers in prestigious refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings, and she has been awarded external funding in a total amount exceeding 45 million dollars. She is currently working with leading industrial companies and government agencies on new innovative technology in the areas of blockchains, cybersecurity, and big data analytics with applications to electronic commerce, climate change, and digital healthcare. Dr. Yesha is a fellow of the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies.

Forbes magazine looked at Dr. Yesha’s accomplishments in technology in a two-part profile:  Part I: Dr. Yelena Yesha: Meet The Tenacious Pioneer Pushing Innovation To Address Real World Problems and Part II: Dr. Yelena Yesha: Pushing Technology Boundaries To Solve The World’s Biggest Problems.