The IFK focuses on five themes, each championed by a research group: Data Science Across Disciplines, The Future of Health, Green Futures, The Future of Diplomacy, and Metaphysics and Machines.
The purpose of the research group, Data Science Across Disciplines, is to support the educational and intellectual growth of the field of Data Science in the region, and further afield. The Group takes an interdisciplinary approach to both the application of data science and the sense-making theoretical frameworks that shape its development. At the University of Johannesburg, the Group aims to develop much needed, specialist educational programmes at postgraduate level, to support not only student skills development but the upskilling of current professionals in the field. Through cutting edge research, product development, and close collaboration with industry partners and professionals DSAD drives innovation in Data Science to support UJ as the driver of the 4IR.