Professor Vasant Dhar is interviewed about NYU's new PhD program in data science
— August 22, 2017
Excerpt from Bloomberg -- "NYU professors discussed this question at length and decided that data science is sufficiently distinct from computer science and statistics and deserves its own academic center and shingle, said Vasant Dhar, a professor of data science who helped start the Ph.D. program. The field, which seeks to discover knowledge from data, is very interdisciplinary, incorporating everything from linguistics and psychology to neurology. 'NYU is willing to take chances and be innovative and somewhat unconventional, and it’s also part of the DNA of the university,' said Dhar. 'We do expect some schools will adopt Ph.D. programs in this field.'"