SMU launches Wicked Problems Lab to tackle issues through big data, analytics

November 5, 2020
Saint Mary’s University has launched a new teaching, learning, and research hub called the Wicked Problems Lab. The lab is designed to tackle local and global “wicked problems,” which are difficult or have even been deemed impossible to solve, by bringing together big data, analytic techniques, and resources. The lab will offer problem-based learning activities for classes, deliver training to community members, and enable students to work with a full-time research analyst. “We invite students and faculty to bring us their wicked problems, and we will work them to find a solution,” said lab director Matthew Novak. “We can help find data and use a host of analytical software that will help in understanding the complexity of the problem and contribute to our pursuit of new knowledge and solutions.” SMU (NS)