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 (project lead) in Seoul, DePaul University, and Indiana University. The program is funded by a grant from the United States Embassy in Seoul (via the US State Department). Teams of students from the three universities will work together to solve unique data science challenges with real-world implications. As part of the program, eight DePaul students will travel to Seoul to meet face-to-face with their team members and to interact with industry leaders in data science and AI. Similarly a group of Hanyang University students will spend a week in Chicago to learn about data science and AI applications in US organizations. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the grant, students also receive a small stipend to participate in the program.


Twenty-four students from both countries will work from March 1, 2023 to June 24th, 2023 on exciting data science projects tackling international policy challenges of interest to both countries. Student teams will include two Hanyang University students and two students from DePaul University or Indiana University. Each global team will have an industry mentor and an academic mentor that will oversee the work and provide feedback. DePaul MS in Data Science students can use this project toward the degree capstone requirement.  Projects will be selected by each team and will focus on one of the following ideas:

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. Analyzing and mitigating disruptions in the global supply chain caused by major global events (e.g. pandemic, extreme weather), 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. 

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted at this link by Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 5:00 pm. You will need to upload an unofficial copy of your DePaul transcripts, and a recommendation letter from a faculty member. Only completed applications will be considered. The selected students will be notified by February 6th, 2023.

If selected, you will work with students from the other two universities to solve unique data science challenges with real-world implications from March 1st to June 24th, 2023. As part of the program, you will travel to Seoul for a week in June 2023, with travel and accommodation expenses paid by the grant. Students also receive a small stipend to participate in the program. (Note: MSDS students can use this project toward the MS in Data Science capstone requirement.) More information and the online application form can be found on the DSKUS website.

For more information, please contact:

At DePaul University At Hanyang University

Ilyas Ustun, PhD
Director of Depaul Center for Data Science

College of Computing and Digital Media

Prof. Casey Bennett, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Data Science