Research at UCLA Statistics

Research at UCLA Statistics is organized into six centers. The department also runs the Statistical Consulting Center which is a resource for researchers throughout UCLA. These are listed below:

The main goal of the Center for Cognition, Vision, and Learning (CCVL) is to develop mathematical models of vision and cognition. These model are intended primarily for designing artificial (computer) vision systems. Practical applications include vision for the disabled. These models also serve as computational models of biological vision which can be tested by behavioral, invasive, and non-invasive techniques. We also study how humans and animals perform cognitive tasks such as learning and reasoning. In addition, we also use machine learning for interpreting medical images and studying brain function. CCVL uses advanced modeling techniques from a range of disciplines including Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering. The theories are implemented using Matlab, C++, and CUDA (GPUs).

The Center for Environmental Statistics (CES) analyzes and models data sets describing traffic counts, trip generation, urban economics, seismicity, water supply, water quality, weather, wildfires, and air quality of locations mostly in Southern California. The emphasis will be on studying spatial and temporal variation in the various indicators, and in impact studies of future developments.

The Center for Social Statistics (CSS) aims to foster collaboration between statisticians and social scientists at UCLA. Building on the long history of the development of quantitative methodology at UCLA, the CSS aims to: (1) foster collaborative research between statistical and social scientists; and (2) substantially increase the quantitative sophistication of students in the social sciences. Current focus areas of research are: casual inference, the study of networked phenomena, and modern surveys and sampling designs. The CSS is in partnership with the California Center for Population Research (CCPR) to enhance population research with state-of-the art statistical methodology.

Various large-scale biological data have become available in the past ten years: the entire genome sequences of many species, gene expression profiles and transcription factor binding data under numerous experimental conditions, genotypes in large numbers of polymorphic loci, etc. The Center for Statistical Research in Computational Biology (CSRCB) develops statistical methods and computational algorithms to analyze these massive biological datasets and extract valuable information to enhance our understanding of the science.

The Center for the Teaching of Statistics (CTS) provides a model for Statistics education in the Southern California region by integrating research in Statistics and Pedagogy with technological innovations. The mission of CTS is to develop resources to improve statistics and data science education at all levels, including K-12, two-year colleges, and, of course, at UCLA. We collaborate with UCLA’s Center X, the American Statistical Association, and local colleges and universities.

The Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy (VCLA) starts from Computer Vision and expands to other disciplines. Our objective is to pursue a unified framework for representation, learning, inference and reasoning, and to build intelligent computer systems for real world applications. Our projects span four directions:

Vision
Image and video parsing, scene understanding, scheduling top-down/bottom-up processes, spatial-temporal-causal and-or graphs

Cognition
Functionality, intuitive physics, intentionality, perceptual causality, theory-of-mind, and visual persuasion

Learning
Information projection, stochastic grammars, and-or graph learning, and lifelong communicative learning

Autonomy
Human robot collaboration, multi-agent task planning, situated dialogue, human value and moral norm

The Statistical Consulting Center (SCC) has the dual purpose of: 1) training graduate students in consulting work and real-life data analysis; and 2) providing free statistical consulting and data analysis services to the Campus and the Community. In addition, we offer electronic consulting, and a large number of mini-courses in various topics in statistics and statistical software.