An Initiative for Data Science in Switzerland


Led jointly by EPFL and ETH Zurich, the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) will be composed of a distributed multi-disciplinary team of computer and data scientists as well as experts in domains including personalized health and personalized medicine, earth and environmental science, social science and digital humanities, and economics.

The vision for SDSC is to unlock actionable insights from diverse sources of data. The center aims to federate data providers, data and computer scientists, and subject-matter experts around a cutting-edge analytics platform offering domain-specific “Insights-as-a-Service” while addressing security and privacy issues inherent to the field of data science. The unique synergy that the center will enable among the institutions of the ETH Domain and between academic and industrial stakeholders in both data science and across carefully selected domains is expected to foster scientific breakthroughs with significant societal impact.

To accomplish this vision, the center will:

  • develop a network of embedded data science support to work closely with research groups and foster collaboration between users and data scientists;
  • offer end-to-end data science services to the research and development communities in Switzerland and beyond, specifically a set of hosted software solutions to provide “Insights-as-a-Service”;
  • create a community to share tools, methods and knowledge in the field.