The Data Science South Korea/US Global Lab

The Data Science South Korea/US (DSKUS) Global Lab is a cross-national project between Hanyang University in Seoul,  DePaul University, and the Indiana University. The program is funded by a grant from the United States Embassy in Seoul (via the US State Department) awarded to Prof. Settimi and Prof. Ustun, in collaboration with Dr. Casey Bennett (PI) at Hanyang University in Seoul. A selected group of students from the three universities collaborated virtually to solve unique data science challenges with real-world implications. As part of the program, DePaul students received a scholarship of $1500 and traveled to Seoul to meet face-to-face with their team members and to interact with industry leaders in data science and AI in South Korea. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the program.


Twenty students from both countries will work from March 1, 2022 to June 18th, 2022 on exciting data science projects tackling international policy challenges of interest to both countries.

The five global teams included two students from South Korea and two students from DePaul University or Indiana University, who met remotely via Zoom on a weekly basis to discuss the project.  Faculty members from the three universities served as mentors and oversaw the work conducted by the teams. 

Project Ideas 

1. Addressing climate change and reducing reliance on coal-fired plants, expanding renewable energy sources, reducing the industrial use of fossil fuel, and accelerating a transition toward electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. 

2. Political instability due to climate change, e.g. migration-related or food security or social unrest. 

3. Disinformation campaigns, particularly related to social media use in different countries such as authoritarian states like Russia or China. 

4. Mitigating disruptions in the global supply chain caused by the continued COVID-19 pandemic, could be transportation-related in general or industry-specific, e.g. semiconductors. 

5. Partnering to provide responsible, well-targeted development assistance around the world, especially in Southeast Asia and Latin America … how and where should foreign aid be targeted to return the biggest benefits. 


For more information contact:

At DePaul University At Hanyang University
Prof. Raffaella Settimi, PhD
Associate Dean
College of Computing and Digital Media
Prof. Casey Bennett, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Data Science