About Us

The Data Science Federation is a partnership between The City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles area colleges and universities to tackle tough city problems. The Data Federation aims to work on tough city problems that will make a difference in many areas and expand on early work in data science and data-driven decision making for City Government. 

These challenges address social, economic, and policy issues that could be better informed through data and come from departments, the City Council, the Mayor’s office, and citizens.  Each challenge comprises a City champion, one or more involved departments, data, and a commitment to applying outcomes. Students and professors work with the City in a variety of ways, including paid internships, challenges worked inside a class setting, interactive partnerships with a class and the City, volunteerships, and internships for course credit.

Each project will involve a local university partner, a set of domain experts from the city, and staff from ITA. We hope that each project produces either a predictive model or analysis that will help drive data driven decision making within the city. Some of the challenges involve using Machine Learning and other techniques to produce key datasets that would allow the City improve service delivery.

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