Volume 4, Issue 4, April 28, 2017
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The Mathematics of Creativity

Professor Andrea Bertozzi conceives of math as a creative medium that can be practically applied to real world issues.

While her grade-school classmates were learning the alphabet and how to count to five, Andrea Bertozzi remembers studying negative numbers and modular arithmetic.

Math often gets a bad rap as an uncreative left-brain oriented activity, but Bertozzi said she was fascinated with it as a child because of its creative potential. Read more

News & Publications

Make Your Mark in the App Development Revolution

Share your technical or innovation skills in the fourth annual UCLA Code for the Mission App Competition (CFTM) mobile app competition. Enter an idea for an app or join a team and gain app building experience. Team registration is open now through Friday, June 16. 

This year's app tracks are:
  • Education: Apps that support Diversity in Education
  • Research: Apps that enhance self-knowledge via data Quantified-Self Apps
  • Service: Apps for a more Livable LA      
The winners of each track are awarded a $5,000 prize. The contest is open to all UCLA faculty, staff, and students. Final entries are due on Wednesday, August 30. The competition is sponsored by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) and the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP)

IDRE-related Lectures, Seminars & Colloquia

Resurrecting Historical Monuments: 3D Models, Metadata, and the Case of the Lady Chapel at Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Wednesday, May 10
11:45 am - 1 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

How do art and architectural historians study monuments that have been lost to time? Our understanding of these monuments relies mainly on fragmentary evidence such as textual descriptions, drawings, or lithic fragments scattered throughout various warehouses, archives, and museums. Advances in CAD-based software has made it possible to bring these disparate sources together to reconstruct digitally these monumental specters. A current challenge for scholars is how do we annotate our 3D models and share them across various platforms and native software.

The digital humanities project, Paris Past and Present at UCLA (Prof Meredith Cohen, PI), aims to reconstruct digitally in 3D the lost monuments of Gothic Paris (ca. 1000~1500) with archaeological precision. By integrating the fragmented evidence remaining from these buildings into coherent virtual models, we can expand the limited corpus of extant monuments and reshape our knowledge of medieval architecture. A significant component of our work has been developing a method of reconstruction and display that clarifies the difference between original evidence, extrapolations based on the evidence, and sheer hypothesis. To this end we are integrating existing architectural practices (e.g., OpenBIM), which allow us to attach data to our models. Register here.

Kristine Tanton is an IDRE postdoctoral fellow and project manager for the collaborative project at UCLA, Pairis Past and Present. Working with Prof. Meredith Cohen (PI, Department of Art History) and a team of graduate and undergraduate students, she manages project workflow and serves as a modeler for the project. To date, the team has completed 3D models for about a dozen buildings that were first constructed during the reign of Louis IX (Saint Louis).

Dr. Tanton received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Southern California in 2013. She integrates traditional and emerging methods to study the dynamic relationship among sculpture, architecture, and ritual activity in the Middle Ages. She is especially interested in how ned media and information technology can transform research and pedagogy in the field of pre-modern art and architectural history. Using digital tools such as 3D reconstructions, animations to track ritual movements through architectural space, and databases to formally and quantitatively analyze large datasets, she has been able to reevaluate long-held assumptions about canonical sites to gain insights into medieval architectural design and construction methods. 

IDRE-related Workshops & Events

Analyzing and Visualizing Interactions in SAS

Monday, May 1
9 am to 12 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

This workshop introduces methods of analyzing interactions (moderated effects) in regression models: calculating, comparing, and graphing simple effects and slopes. Specifically, we emphasize the use of proc plm and the lsmeans and estimates equation. Examples include two-and-three-way interactions in linear regression and two-way interactions in logistic regression. Although the concepts of moderation and interaction are reviewed in the seminar, some background in regression and moderation is recommended. 
Register here.

Human Interface Devices: Soft Skills for BruinTechs Conference

Thursday, May 4
9 am - 3 pm
Charles E. Young Research Library

As technologists, we work with "software" all the time, but when interfacing with people we need "soft skills" too! Come learn skills that will assist in a more productive workplace. There will be breakout sessions on the following topics: Emotional Intelligence, Elements of Good Leadership, Project Management Skills, Teamwork/Team Development, Dynamic Communication, and Business Analysis.
Register here.

SAS Programming I

Tuesday, May 2
9 am - 5 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

This course is for users who want to learn how to write SAS programs. It is the entry point to learning SAS programming and is a prerequisite to many other SAS courses. This workshop will be presented by an instructor from SAS. This is the first of two workshops in preparation for the Base SAS Certification examination. 
Register here.

Filmmakin': Equipment, Shooting, and Editing

Friday, May 5
2 pm - 5 pm
West Electronic Classroom on the Second Floor, Room 23167, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA 

This workshop is for those who want to use film as a method of research, whether in creating a documentary film, or to collect qualitative data through interviews. The workshop will cover the basics on what equipment to use, how to shoot an interview, B Roll, and verite footage. Using Adobe Premiere Pro, this workshop will also cover the basics of video editing, from creating a project, importing media, editing clips, adding transitions and effects, working with titles, working with audio, and outputting a final video. 
Register here.

Stata Data Management

Monday, May 8
9 am - 12 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal 

This workshop covers Stata commands and methods for common data management tasks, such as identifying data errors, identifying duplicated data, specifying missing values, working with string variables, labeling variables, creating new variables, merging datasets, processing data by groups and using loops for repetitive tasks. The workshop is focused on preparing data for statistical analysis. 
Register here.

A Focus on Mapping Data Sources

Tuesday, May 9
5 pm - 7 pm
West Electronic Classroom on the Second Floor, Room 23167, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA

Having a hard time finding a data source? This workshop will go over strategies for locating and using a variety of open and proprietary data sources, including Social Explorer, SimplyMap, PolicyMap, EVGeoCloud, and Los Angeles Open Data. 
Register here.

Web Scrapin': Focus on Python

Friday, May 12
2 pm - 5 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

Starting with a simple introduction to Python, this workshop will demonstrate how to turn structured data from any website into a csv file. Topics include the following: identifying appropriate websites, installing Python, tweaking Python code, and examining the data output. 
Register here.

A Focus on Mapping with ArcGIS

Tuesday, May 16
5 pm - 7 pm
West Electronic Classroom on the Second Floor, Room 23167, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA

This workshop will go over step-by-step how to create a map using ArcGIS. We will discuss spatial joins, styling data, and how to utilize basic spatial tools. Data will be provided. 
Register here.

3D Animatin': Focus on Adobe After Effects

Friday, May 19
2 pm - 5 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

This workshop will go through how to import and create 3D models from Maya for animating in Adobe After Effects. Basic skills to be covered are converting models, rotating models, and animating motion. 
Register here.

Story Mappin'

Thursday, May 25
2 pm - 5 pm
5628 Math Science -- The Portal

The workshop will be the culmination of the workshop series by teaching a platform in which to showcase projects. Ranging from CartoDB to ESRI's Story Maps, this workshop will cover: using tabular data for mapping, converting data into a digital web map, and creating a narrative structure using story maps. 
Register here.

IDRE Stat Consulting Group

The goal of the UCLA IDRE Statistical Consulting Group is to help UCLA faculty, staff, and graduate students perform top-notch research, with the greatest emphasis on data analysis related to grants and publications, but also including dissertation research. We provide advice and resources to enable you to develop and/or extend your statistical computing skills, helping you to independently use common statistical packages for the analysis of your research. Current hours for walk-in consulting are Monday-Thursday 12-3 PM. 

Walk-in consulting is in Math Sciences 4919. See our online schedule for days and hours.

Grant & Funding Opportunities

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