The Department of Statistics, Computer Science, Applications "Giuseppe Parenti" (DiSIA) has been appointed for the second time in a row as Department of Excellence of Italian universities by the Italian Ministry of Research and University (MUR). The award consists of a five-year (2023-2027) special funding to strengthen and enhance excellence in research and teaching. The first project covered the five years 2018-2022.
It is an important recognition that confirms the excellence of the research produced by researchers of the disia. The funding will enable the strategic development project to strengthen DiSIA's role as a national and international reference center for the disciplines involved in generating knowledge through the intensive use of data to support decision-making processes.
The Department of Statistics, Computer Science, Applications "Giuseppe Parenti" (who was Giuseppe Parenti?) of the University of Florence organises research, teaching and training activities, and transmission of knowledge and innovation, ensuring and improving the characteristics of universality and transversality specific to the professions and subjects it covers. DiSIA aims to be a point of reference and aggregation in the University for all subjects that revolve around the development of quantitative methods and the acquisition, processing and elaboration of data, however heterogeneous it may be, with the aim of extracting all the information contained in the data and transforming it into knowledge available to society.
The professors and researchers belong to a range of scientific-disciplinary sectors which, although belonging to different CUN areas (01 - Mathematical and Computer Sciences, 06 - Medical Sciences and 13 - Economics and Statistics), share a cultural-scientific approach in which attention to data and the information contained in it is combined with a strong interest in applied and experimental areas, in line with specific scientific sensitivities and skills.
The sectors in question are: INF/01 (Computer Science), MED/01 (Medical Statistics), SECS-P/05 (Econometrics), SECS-P/13 (Commodity Sciences), SECS-S/01 (Statistics), SECS-S/03 (Economic Statistics), SECS-S/04 (Demography), SECS-S/05 (Social Statistics).
The DiSIA offers its expertise in support of teaching and training activities in several Schools of the University, with the aim of training professional figures suited to the growing demand for skills in the field of information processing and analysis, also stimulating the necessary sensitivity to the problems of the various fields of application.
There are significant national and international research networks, which have always represented a particular dimension of the activities carried out.