Handling, processing, and analyzing voluminous and complex data are now incredibly common tasks that influence many aspects of our everyday life. Thanks to the advent of powerful data collection and storage devices in recent decades, the world is all connected. Geographical, social and cultural preferences, and transportation data, to name just a few examples, are being increasingly used to inform decision-making processes, to discover interesting relationships between variables, or to predict future trends. Most major industries and government institutions are now forming data science teams to undertake these challenges.

The scientific and technical issues used to address this topic are complex and highly multidisciplinary in nature. In particular, mathematicians are called upon to prescribe, interpret and supervise quantitative methods of analysis and their corresponding computer implementations.

In the last forty years, there has been an accelerated trend of the applicability of mathematics. To the degree that, today, they flood and permeate our whole life: finance, climate, electronic commerce, communication, and new materials are just a few examples. This success cannot be explained without the equally accelerated computing power now available to us. Combining mathematical techniques and computational power, we can now tackle problems that were absolutely unthinkable only a few years ago. Being able to use mathematical techniques to model real-life situations gives participants in Mathematical Sciences Semesters in Guanajuato (MSSG) a definite advantage in a world in which problems are changing and growing more complex every day.


  • CIMAT is a research facility with four decades' experience in pluri-disciplinary studies, uniting basic math, statistics and computer science. Our combined approach to these areas makes the perfect setting for the study of Data Science, as the experts in each area will give you the fundamentals to help you understand data science problems from both a statistical and an algorithmic point of view.
  • At CIMAT, you will discover how beautiful constructions from basic mathematics areas, such as Geometry or Algebra, may help you in understanding data.
  • CIMAT has an extraordinarily vivid academic environment, with continuous flow of academic events (conferences, seminars and congresses…) in cutting-edge research areas and involving leaders of their fields from the Americas, Europe and Asia.
  • Guanajuato is one of the best cities to live in Mexico; a place where you can be immersed in a colorful, joyous, Mexican ambiente, learn or practice Spanish and discover the rich culture of México.


  • 14 weeks of instruction and 1 week of exams
  • Classes stress problem-solving within a multi-disciplinary team involving statisticians, mathematicians and computer scientists.
  • Prior to the start of the semester, we will provide an introductory course to the programming languages required for the courses, such as Python and R
  • Classes meet 2 to 3 times a week
  • Intended major in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or any major with a strong grounding in mathematics
  • At least one Linear Algebra course and Differential and Integral Multivariate Calculus courses are required.
  • Interested in exploring mathematics to a deeper, more sophisticated level
  • Eager to experience life in a different culture
  • For participants interested in the Semester in Mathematical Tools for Data Science, at least one introductory programming course is required.
  • For participants interested in the Semester in Mathematical Tools for Modeling, an elementary Probability or Probability and Statistics course is required.