We study the information supporting life.
We consider a full range of phenomena, from cells to societies. Our eight research areas are united by this common informational foundation.
We’re the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), a transdisciplinary research institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and public half of the Discovery partnership, focusing on the interfaces of computation, laboratory science, the humanities and entrepreneurship.
We search for solutions where others are unlikely to look.
1We promote a unique transdisciplinary culture for faculty, researchers, students and entrepreneurs, encouraging high-energy collisions within our intellectual commons.
2We are inspired by powerful intersections among diverse fields, from behavior and mathematics to genetics, computation and the creative depth of the humanities.
3We are a place where innovative minds come to explore and where innovative companies come to collaborate.
4We value free expression, risk and the great potential for research to be amplified and accelerated through measurement and computation.
5Our culture rewards creative, itinerant minds and draws from the radical aesthetic of the arts. If Ben Franklin and Pablo Picasso were to find a home in a 21st-century institute, we like to think they would join us.
6We believe in the spirit of constructive “hacking,” building a community of tech-savvy minds to solve problems through prototypes and trial and error.