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Volume 5, Issue 4, April 27, 2018
UCLA Institute for Digital Research and Education
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Cancer Researcher Honored for Work
on Immunology


 
Dr. Antoni Ribas, director of the tumor immunology program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, leads research that has been aimed at gaining a better understanding of how the immune system can be effectively used to fight cancer in order to develop more effective and less toxic therapies for people with melanoma.

Dr. Antoni Ribas, director of the tumor immunology program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and IDRE Hoffman2 sponsor, has been awarded the sixth American Association of Cancer Research-Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology.

The award recognizes scientists for their research in cancer immunology that has had a far-reaching impact on the cancer field. Ribas, who is a professor of medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was honored with the award during the association’s annual meeting held April 14–18 in Chicago. Read more.

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Data-Driven Structural Seismic Response Reconstruction Framework: A Machine Learning Perspective 


Tuesday, May 1st  
4-6 p.m.
Haines Hall 220


Abstract: Strucutral seismic resilience society has been grown rapidly in the past three decades. Extensive probabilistic techniques have been developed to address uncertainties from ground motions and building systems to reduce structural damage, economic loss and social impact of buildings subjected to seismic hazards where seismic structural responses are essential and often are retrieved through Nonlinear Response History Analysis. This process is largely limited by availability of model, ground motion time history and computational effort. An alternative data-driven framework is proposed to reconstruct structure responses through machine learning techniques from limited available sources which may potentially benefit for “real-time” interpolating monitoring data to enable rapid damage assessment and reducing computational demands for regional seismic hazard assessment. It also provides statistical insight to understand uncertainties of seismic building responses from both structural and earthquake engineering perspective.

Speaker Bios: Han Sun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working with Prof. John W. Wallace and Prof. Henry V. Burton. He is also an M.S candidate in the Department of Statistics advised by Prof. Arash A. Amini, University of California, Los Angeles. He held an M.S. in infrastructure system of civil engineering department from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and B.S. in structural engineering from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research follows into seismic structural resilience category and focuses on machine learning and statistical modeling application in earthquake engineering field.

Jason Buenker is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working as a research assistant under Prof. Scott Brandenberg and Prof. Jon Stewart. His research to date has consisted of design, construction, and testing of a centrifuge soil model at the Center for Geotechnical Modeling at UC-Davis. Prior to attending UCLA, he earned BS and MS degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked in geotechnical consulting.

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Semiconductor Nanomaterials and Devices: Innovation for Electronic, Photonic, and Biomedical Applications


Monday, May 7th 
12:30-1:30 p.m.
EE-IV Shannon Room #54-134


Abstract: Professor Xiuling Li group’s general interests are in the area of semiconductor materials and devices. They focus on developing innovative semiconductor structures and device concepts through both bottom-up and top-down approaches to bring lasting impact to the field of semiconductor nanotechnology, electronics, and photonics; and possibly medicine. She will give a brief overview of several recent nanotechnologies developed at Illinois. (1) She will first introduce a bottom-up growth method to realize scalable 3D III-V HEMTs using MOCVD grown planar nanowire arrays with record fT/fmax. (2) She will then present an unorthodox anisotropic wet etching method, metal-assisted chemical etching (MacEtch), that enables site-controlled semiconductor nanostructure top-down fabrication with unprecedented aspect ratio and versatility. Several examples of devices uniquely enabled by MacEtch will be discussed, include ultra-high aspect ratio (40:1) InP junctionless FinFETs realized with excellent subthreshold slope (63 mV/dec), InGaAs nanopillar array MOSCAPs with low Dit, and Ge and Ga2O3 nanotextured photodiodes. (3) Using a bottom-up and top-down combined approach, they have established a 3D self-rolled-up membrane (S-RuM) nanotechnology platform for extreme miniaturization (10 – 100X) of passive electronic components for radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) and millimeter wave communications. She will discuss the design, fabrication, and performance of S-RuM based inductors and transformers, as well as using S-RuM tubes as an active conformal interface to guide and accelerate neuron cell growth.

Speaker Bio: Professor Xiuling Li received her B.S. degree form Peking University and Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Following post-doctoral positions at California Institute of Technology and University of Illinois, as well as industry experience at EpiWorks, Inc., she joined the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2012, and to Professor in 2015. She has published >130 journal papers and holds >20+ patents (12 issued and 10+ pending) in the area of semiconductor materials and devices. She is an IEEE Fellow. Her other honors and awards include NSF CAREER award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, ONR Young Investigator Award. She is a Deputy Editor of Applied Physics Letters and Vice President for Finance and Administration of the IEEE Photonics Society.

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Measuring, Monitoring and Evaluating Community Resilience Using Remote Sensing Technologies


Tuesday, May 8th 
4-6 p.m.
Haines Hall 220


Abstract: In many instances, disasters act as catalysts in the adoption of new and emerging technologies. Spawned by the need to rapidly collect vital information for disaster management, technology innovations have often helped emergency responders to assess the impact of large disasters more efficiently and rapidly, and to track and monitor progress in critical response and recovery operations. All of these events underscore the opportunities that emerge when time-critical information can be delivered more efficiently to users making critical decisions during the disaster. One technology which has had an enormous impact on disaster management has been remote sensing. In the past several decades, this technology has been used extensively to explain the extent of impacts caused by earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and terrorist attacks. Remote sensing technologies are also playing a major role in helping to understand the vulnerability and resilience of many emerging economies around the world. This presentation will show through examples how remote sensing technologies have changed the way in which we measure, monitor and evaluate community resilience to natural hazards worldwide.

Speaker Bio: Mr. Ronald Eguchi is President and CEO of ImageCat, Inc., an international risk management company that supports the global risk and catastrophe management needs of the insurance industry, governments and NGOs. Mr. Eguchi has over 30 years of experience in risk analysis and risk reduction studies. He currently serves or has served on several editorial boards including EERI’s Journal SPECTRA. In 1997, he was awarded the ASCE C. Martin Duke Award. In 2006, he accepted an ATC Award of Excellence on behalf of the ATC-61 project team for work that showed that a dollar spent on hazard mitigation saves the nation about $4 in future benefits. He was recognized by EERI as the 2008 Distinguished Lecturer. He currently chairs the Technical Committee on Advances in Information Technologies for the SEI Division of ASCE. He has authored over 300 publications. He was awarded the 2017 Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Alumnus Award from UCLA.

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UCLA Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series: Freeman Shen


Monday, May 14th
6-8 p.m.


The Ronald and Valerie Sugar Distinguished Speaker Series brings national and international leaders in engineering and related fields to campus. The program is primarily geared toward UCLA Engineering students, giving them an opportunity to hear first-hand from technology leaders and innovators on what it took to get where they are, and the critical issues facing society that engineers must address.

Speaker Bio: Mr. Freeman H. Shen is the founder, Chairman and CEO of WM Motor. WM Motor is an emerging EV products and mobility solution provider in China. He was the Group Co-founder and CEO of Pateo Group, a leading vehicle connectivity, telematics and smart car technology company. Before that, he was the Board Member and Group Vice President of Geely Holding Group. Geely Holding Group is the parent company of Volvo Car Group based in Sweden, and Geely Auto listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He also held the positions of Chairman & CEO, Shanghai Geely Zhaoyuan International (a US20 billion-annual-revenue company). Geely Zhaoyuan is the global holding company of Volvo Car Group. He was also the Chairman of Volvo Car Group China. During his tenure with Geely, he was in charge of the acquisition of Volvo Car Group, which is the largest and most successful cross-border M&A case in the Chinese history. After the acquisition, Mr. Shen led the team to establish the global governance structure for Volvo Car Group and successfully made Volvo Car Group as an independent company. Meanwhile he was the Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Group and led the team to build the operations of Volvo Car in China after the acquisition, including the R&D center, car plants, powertrain plant, supplier base and sales and service network. This operation became the largest and most profitable business for Volvo Car Group around the world and contributed over 70% profits for Volvo Car Group.

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Geo-Engineering for Sustainability of Energy Infrastructures 


Tuesday, May 29th 
4-6 p.m.
Haines Hall 220


Abstract: Energy related geo-systems involve a wide range of engineering solutions from deep fossil fuel and geothermal energy reservoirs and energy piles to energy geo-storage facilities and waste repositories (CO2 and nuclear). The analysis and optimum design of these systems require proper understanding of geo-materials including their response to extreme temperature and high stress excitations, the implications of mixed-fluid conditions when contrasting fluid viscosities and densities are involved, the effect of static and cyclic coupled hydro-thermo-chemo-mechanical excitations and rate effects on the behavior of long lifetime facilities.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Shahrzad Roshankhah is a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Inspired by unprecedented challenges facing our era on water, energy, and the environment nexus and ample opportunities to solve them, Roshankhah is passionate to develop more accurate models for the hydro-thermo-mechanical behavior of geomaterials at extreme conditions (e.g., high temperatures, stresses, and fluid pressures). At Caltech, she studies the propagation pattern and regime of hydraulic fracture in rocks as well as the elastoplastic behavior of particle impacts in granular flows important for the proper design of proppant injection and sand production in the recovery of geological energy resources. Roshankhah received her PhD in geotechnical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.

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IDRE-related Workshops & Events

XSEDE HPC Workshop: Big Data


Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd 
8 am to 2 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: UCLA-IDRE along with XSEDE and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to announce the two-day Big Data workshop. This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom (WAC) training platform.

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Introduction to Spatial Data


Wednesday, May 2nd 
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Research Library 11630F


Overview: How to get started with spatial data and statistics. Taught by Albert Kochaphum and Christine Wells (Institute for Digital Research and Education). Event is free. Available to only UCLA students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars.

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High-Performance Programming: Back to the Hardware


Thursday, May 3rd 
10:30 am to 4 pm
Friday, May 4th 
9 am to 4 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: In collaboration with UCLA-ECE, IDRE invites you to the workshop “High-Performance Programming: Back to Hardware.” We will learn what really happens when your program is executed, what subtle details make a program slow or fast, and how to make the best use of the available computing resources. We will talk about which performance considerations should be considered early in the design stage, and which can be taken care of during implementation, or, even later, optimization, and what tools are available to measure the performance of your programs and their components.

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Logistic Regression in SAS


Monday, May 7th  
9 am to 12 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: This workshop will cover modeling binary outcome with logistic regression in SAS. We will discuss the logistic regression model, model building and fitting, interpretation of estimated parameters, assessment of model fit, graphing of model effects, and ROC analysis. This workshop does NOT cover ordinal or multinomial logistic regression.

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SurveyMonkey Training


Wednesday, May 9th  
Two sessions: 10:30-11:30 am and 1-2 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: If you have ever wondered what SurveyMonkey is or if you are already an in-the-know SurveyMonkey licensee, we invite you to a live training session.

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Spatial Statistics in STATA


Wednesday, May 9th  
2-4 pm
Research Library 11630F


Overview: Demonstrate how to use spmaps and maps module in STATA. Taught by Christine Wells and Albert Kochaphum (Institute for Digital Research and Education). Event is free. Available only to UCLA students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. See website link below to RSVP.

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Second Annual 4th Year Symposium


Friday, May 11th
Mong Auditorium, Engineering VI


Overview: Join scientists and Engineers from UCLA Chemical Engineering to talk about the future of energy & environment, catalysis & simulation, and materials and medicine.

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Introduction to Power Analysis


Monday, May 14th  
9 am to 12 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: This workshop will describe what statistical power is and describe steps that can be taken to increase power. The information needed to conduct power analyses for commonly-used statistical tests will also be discussed.

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Quantitative Linear Algebra Workshop III: Random Matrices and Free Probability Theory


Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18

Overview: The workshop will explore large-N asymptotics of random matrices, in connection with the operator-algebra models of their limiting behavior that appear in free probability theory. The behavior or random matrices has found increasing applications in mathematics, with connections to combinatorics, analysis and probability theory, as well as fields outside mathematics such as physics and computer science.

Topics of the workshop include asymptotics behavior of various observables of random single-matrix and multi-matrix models, including behavior of eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as connections to properties of operators describing the large-N limit. Of particular emphasis will be links to applications, ranging from graph theory to statistical analysis of data.

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HPC and Big Data Analytics Using Comet


Tuesday, May 15th  
9 am to 4 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: In collaboration with SDSC, IDRE is happy to announce the workshop “HPC and Big Data Analytics using Comet." Participants need to bring their own laptops for hands-on exercises. Lunch will be provided. Register at link below.

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Annual UCLA Research Conference on Aging


Wednesday, May 16th
8 am to 12:30 pm
Ackerman Grand Ballroom 


Overview: The 2018 Research Conference on Aging will demonstrate UCLA’s diverse research efforts to enhance and extend productive and healthy lifestyles for older adults.

The event provides opportunities for researchers and community members to network, be apprised of the latest research across a broad range of topics including aging biology, epidemiology, clinical research in older adults, public health, and health policy, and to spark new and innovative collaborations. The program includes one keynote lecture, two poster sessions, and plenary talks. The conference is free and open to the public.

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A Practical Introduction to Factor Analysis


Monday, May 21st 
9 am to 12 pm
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Overview: This workshop will give a practical overview of exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory (CFA) factor analysis. EFA topics to be covered include factor extraction, principal components analysis, estimation methods, factor rotation, refining the factor structure, and generating factor scores for subsequent analyses. The latter portion of the seminar will introduce CFA topics such as identification and model fit, and present examples of a one, two and second order factor structure. SPSS will be used for the EFA portion of the seminar and Mplus will be used for the CFA portion.

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UCLA Strategies to Advance Women in Technology Conference


Tuesday, May 22nd 
5 pm to 8:30 pm


Summary: What are your real or perceived barriers? A glass ceiling? A stone ceiling? Lack of funding, opportunities, education, supporters? Lack of perceived worth or value? Regrets? Too much baggage? On May 22, we will break through the barriers that have held us back from reaching the next level of our full potential. We will learn how we can change our personal strongholds to successes; disappointments to opportunities; and insecurities to influence.

The UCLA Women in Tech Conference and Dinner will convene 250+ female influencers and decision makers in tech companies, teams, or roles for a collaborative discussion to reframe how we think and what we do about the gender and diversity gap in the tech sector. We will explore ways to advance women of all ethnicities, leadership levels, backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses by addressing three of the most requested topics for strategic discussion by women across all industries: leadership and empowerment, negotiation strategies, and diversity and inclusion. This event is open to both women and men.

Co-hosted by the UCLA Office of Information Technology and the UCLA Anderson Easton Technology Management Center

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Data Visualization with ReactJS


Wednesday, May 23rd 
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Research Library 11630F


Overview: Using ReactJS to display and share data on the Web. Taught by Hayk Zakaryan (Institute for Digital Research and Education). Event is free. Available only to UCLA students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. See website link below to RSVP.

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An Overview of SAS Studio and Tools for Using SAS More Efficiently


Thursday, May 31st  
10-11 am
IDRE Portal (5628 Math Sciences)


Abstract: SAS® University Edition is available at no cost to students, educators, and learners for academic, noncommercial use, making it easier than ever to access and learn SAS® software. One of the interfaces included with SAS University Edition is SAS® Studio, a browser-based application that runs on all three major operating systems. In addition to furnishing a code editor, SAS Studio includes a variety of features to help you use SAS more efficiently. For example, SAS Studio provides graphical user interfaces to many of the commonly used analytical methods, which are presented as “tasks.” These tasks enable users to obtain results much more quickly and easily. The underlying SAS® code is automatically generated in real time and can be used as a learning tool, a building block for further analysis, or a member of a larger analytical pipeline. SAS University Edition also includes the popular Jupyter Notebook interface. This interface can be used to generate reproducible, dynamic documents that easily incorporate SAS code and results into course materials and reports for clients. This presentation highlights recently developed tools that enable you to more efficiently use SAS.

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Grant & Funding Opportunities

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