About DAC

The Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech is at the forefront of scientific innovation, leading Tech’s efforts in “big data” research and education on campus. We offer deeply technical undergraduate and graduate programs in analytics, and our faculty conduct leading-edge research in visual and text-based data analytics, machine learning, and computational statistics.

DAC brings together researchers from computer science, statistics, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering to tackle knowledge discovery problems in important areas of national interest, including intelligence analysis, sustainability, and public health.  Our work emphasizes not just the algorithmic aspects of converting data to knowledge but also the importance of human-in-the-loop analytics to arrive at insights.

DAC was established in 2011 and has locations in Blacksburg, Falls Church, and Arlington.  Our team is comprised of 15 academic faculty members, 8 research and professional faculty, 3 administrative staff members, and 75 PhD students.  We are supported by the Department of Computer Science, the College of Engineering, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech.