About Us

The Centre is funded by a series of collaborations with partners in business and industry which have an interest in using data science for the benefit of their customers and their organisations. Our founding partner is Aviva, the UK’s leading insurance company. We work with industrial partners to build a portfolio of collaborative research projects, provide professional development opportunities for their own staff and access to the full breadth and depth of the University’s talent pool in the area of data science.

With unprecedented access to increasing volumes of data, our research ranges from the underlying fundamentals in mathematics and computer science, to data science applications across all six University Schools of Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.

In parallel, our research addresses important issues around law, ethics and economics, in order to apply data science to solve challenging problems for society.

C2D3 supports collaboration and knowledge transfer in this growing field.

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History of C2D3

Cambridge Big Data (CBD) was founded in 2013 as one of the University’s Strategic Research Initiatives. CBD formed a large network of researchers and academics at the University and beyond. Interdisciplinary big data conferences, training courses and workshops were hosted and sponsored by CBD which facilitated teaching, learning and research in this growing field.

In 2019, CBD advanced to become an Interdisciplinary Research Centre and was renamed to Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3). The change of name better reflected the wide network and diverse applications of research beyond the term big data, to provide an intellectual space for the University to apply data science to real world problems by working alongside Industry leaders.

Press release for the establishment of C2D3.

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Interdisciplinary Research Centres

C2D3 is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) at the University. The University’s IRCs are established cross-School initiatives that have demonstrated a critical mass of academic support in at least three Schools and have the explicit endorsement of the University’s Research Policy Committee. They extend the research priorities and strategies of the individual Schools by tackling cross-disciplinary challenges and creating a shared cross-School vision in key thematic areas.

Contact details for all of the University’s Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IRCs), Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs) and Strategic Research Networks (SRNs) can be found here.


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Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery (C2D3), Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge, CB3 0WA.

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