DataX Initiative

Professors Jacob G. Foster and Mark L. Green share UCLA’s campus-wide DataX strategy during virtual town halls

During virtual town halls on May 15 and 19, 2020, Jacob G. Foster, assistant professor of sociology, and Mark L. Green, distinguished research professor of mathematics, presented information about UCLA’s DataX strategy. Foster and Green discussed how UCLA plans to leverage advances in data science and AI to transform research, creative activities, and education across disciplines. Both serve as Special Advisors for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science and report to Vice Chancellor Wakimoto.

For more information, please watch the town hall recording and relevant Q&A recordings from each of the sessions:

May 15 – Professional Schools
May 15 – College
May 19 – College
May 19 – Professional Schools

Please refer to the UCLA DataX Strategy Town Hall slides for additional details.

  • Initiation Date
  • The DataX initiative was commenced in the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 
  • Current Status
  • Professor Safiya U. Noble has been appointed as Acting Director of DataX, effective July 1, 2022. 
  • Campus Announcements
  • Vice Chancellor Roger Wakimoto Announces Appointment of Safiya U. Noble as Acting Director of DataX (June 2022)
    Announcing UCLA DataX (September 10, 2021 via BruinPost)
    Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter and Vice Chancellor Roger M. Wakimoto Announce Call for DataX White Papers (June 12, 2020 via BruinPost)
    DataX Town Halls with Jacob G. Foster and Mark L. Green (May 11, 2020)
  • Committee

    Eleazar Eskin

    Professor and Chair Department of Computational Medicine

    Professor of Computer Science and Human Genetics

    Jacob G. Foster

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science 

    Rong Fu

    Professor and Vice Chair of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department

    Associate Director of Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering (JIFRESSE)

    Mark L. Green 

    Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics

    Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science 

    Mark Handcock

    Professor of Statistics


    Kelly Lytle Hernandez

    Professor and Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History

    Professor of History, African American Studies, and Urban Planning

    Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

    Vickie Mays

    Professor, Clinical Psychology

    Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Black Life

    Deanna Needell

    Professor of Mathematics

    Dunn Family Endowed Chair in Data Theory

    Executive Director, Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE)

    Safiya Noble

    Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of
    Information Studies

    Mary Okino

    Deputy Director, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities 


    Edward (Ted) Parson

    Dan and Rae Emmett Professor of Environmental Law

    Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

    Roger Wakimoto

    Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities 


    Wei Wang

    Professor of Computer Science

    Leonard Kleinrock Chair Professor