2017 News

Congratulations to MAS student Yuan-Yi Chen who was a member of the 6 person team that won the UCLA / Salesforce Data Science Challenge on August 7, 2017

This competition, for UCLA graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, gets participants to use real student data and statistical analyses to help a nonprofit high school advance their mission of providing the highest level of education and care to their students.

More details regarding this competition can be found at this link.

Alyson Fletcher helps launch conference on artificial intelligence and neuroscience

Alyson Fletcher, assistant professor, and eight colleagues have launched a new annual scientific conference. It is called Cognitive Computational Neuroscience. Read about the full story here.

Congratulations to Ph.D. students Tianmin Shu, Lifeng Fan and Professor Hongjing Lu who were awarded the Computational Modeling Prize at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2017 in London.

A paper coauthored by our Ph.D. students, Tianmin Shu and Lifeng Fan, in a joint work with Professor Hongjing Lu (joint faculty in Psychology and Statistics), received the Computational Modeling Prize, a best paper prize from the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, CogSci 2017 in London. Their paper is titled “Inferring Human Interaction from Motion Trajectories in Aerial Videos”.

UCLA is hosting the DAE 2017 Conference on October 12 – 14, 2017

The Design and Analysis of Experiments 2017 (DAE 2017) Conference will be held at UCLA on October 12 – 14, 2017. It is being organized by UCLA professors Hongquan Xu, Statistics and Weng Kee Wong, Biostatistics.

The UCLA Center for Social Statistics is hosting a special seminar on Wednesday, 5/24/2017, 12:00pm – 1:30pm. For details please navigate to our seminars page.

Congratulations to faculty members Mark Handcock, Erin Hartman and Rick Schoenberg who have been awarded FY17 Transdisciplinary Seed Grants

The purpose of the Transdisciplinary Seed Grant Program is to provide funds to foster new transdisciplinary research and scholarship between faculty members from different UCLA departments. The two priorities for the FY17 competition were north campus-led research projects and projects involving big data. The names of our winning faculty members and their projects are below:

Mark Handcock – Reducing Homelessness in LA using Big Data and Predictive Modeling
Erin Hartman – Leveraging Highly Granular Data in Sampling and Analysis of Political Surveys
Rick Schoenberg – Searching for Repeating Foreshocks by Data-mining Massive Continuous Seismic Waveforms

The ASA seeks judges for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

The American Statistical Association is looking for judges for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair on May 16 and 17.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is the world’s premiere science competition for pre-college students. The students participating in ISEF have won in city, county, state and countrywide affiliated science fairs throughout the world. The American Statistical Association is organizing judges to examine the statistical content of the entries.

Judges are needed for Tuesday and/or Wednesday, May 16 and 17. You can choose to participate both days, or one day. You can even choose to participate for just part of the day on Tuesday. More details are available on page 4 of this link.

Send an email to Madeline Bauer if you have questions.

Paper co-authored by Mike Tsiang, lecturer, is published in PNAS

Congratulations to Mike Tsiang, lecturer, as the paper “Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events”, which he co-authored, has just been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Here is a link to the paper and another link to the UCLA Newsroom article that discusses his research.

Work on human-robot interactions by Tianmin Shu, Ph.D. student, was just profiled in New Scientist

Congratulations to Tianmin Shu, Ph.D. student and member of the VCLA research group, as his research was recently profiled in New Scientist. The work taught a robot, Baxter, the subtleties of interacting with humans. The article can be found at this link.

Tianmin will be presenting his paper “Learning Social Affordance Grammar from Videos: Transferring Human Interactions to Human-Robot Interactions” at IEEE’s ICRA 2017 (International Conference on Robotics and Automation) in Singapore on May 30, 2017.

The 2017 de Leeuw Seminar is happening on 5/04/2017 at 2:00PM

More information is available here.

ASA DataFestTM 2017 at UCLA will happen on May 5 – May 7

Details available here.