Nearly two dozen undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students in WPI’s Data Science Program collaborated over the past 14 months to develop a novel data analytics system that could help shape economic policy in Massachusetts.
Led by Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science and director of data science at WPI, the students were tasked with creating a tool for the Massachusetts High Technology Council (MHTC) that could evaluate and measure Massachusetts’ competitive position among leading technology states.
The resulting product, Massachusetts’ Technology, Talent, and Economic Reporting System (MATTERS), is being launched today by MHTC. It enables users to pull together and compare financial, educational, and technological data from states across the nation. For example, users can do side-by-side comparisons of Massachusetts and New York that show how the states stack up with regard to talent and cost metrics as well as national rankings on tax climate and technology indexes.