为引进人才，软件学院院长何积丰院士倡议成立“华东师范大学海量计算研究所”（Institute of Massive Computing, IMC）。
the Institute of Massive Computing (ECNU) was established, based on the ideas of Academician Jifeng HE, who was the dean of Software School, with the intention to attract talents.
在时任SAP公司CTO史维学博士（Dr. Vishal Sikka）的支持下，成立“华东师范大学云计算和大数据研究中心”。
the Center for Cloud Computing and Big Data (ECNU) was founded, with the support of Dr. Vishal Sikka, who was the CTO of SAP.
the Institute for Data Science & Engineering (also known as the Institute for Big Data) was set up, as an independent subsidiary unit at ECNU.
the School of Data Science & Engineering was established, on the basis of the Institute for Data Science & Engineering. A comprehensive training program on data science & engineering was set up, covering the curriculums for Bachelor, Master and Ph.D.