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Fri. May 19 | DataX Summit

Gather alongside Interim Director, Safiya Noble and the DataX FAC to celebrate the academic term of Salon series.


  • Initiation Date
  • The DataX initiative was commenced in the 2019-2020 Academic Year. 
  • Current Status
  • Professor Safiya Umoja Noble appointed as Interim Director of DataX, effective July 1, 2022.
  • Campus Announcements
  • DataX Initiative: Strategy Task Force Report and Updates (February 13, 2023)

    • Vice Chancellor Roger Wakimoto Announces Appointment of Safiya U. Noble as Acting Director of DataX (June 6, 2022)

    • Announcing UCLA DataX (September 10, 2021)

    • Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter and Vice Chancellor Roger M. Wakimoto Announce Call for DataX (June 12, 2020)

    • White Papers (June 12, 2020)

    • 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

    Director Emeritus, Institute for Pure and Applied 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

    Professor, Department of Health Services

    Director, BRITE Center for Science, Research & Policy

    Deanna Needell

    Professor of Mathematics

    Dunn Family Endowed Chair in Data Theory

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

    Safiya Umoja Noble

    Interim Director, DataX Initiative

    Professor, Department of Gender Studies

    Professor, Department of African American Studies

    Mary Okino

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

    Todd Presner

    Chair of the  Department of European

    Languages and Transcultural Studies

    Special Advisor to Vice Chancellor Roger Wakimoto

    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

    Leonard Kleinrock Chair Professor in Computer Science and Computational Medicine

    Director of the Scalable Analytics Institute (ScAi)

  • Events
  • 2022-2023 Salon Series

    Series will be hosted both in-person and online via Zoom

    Salon details including location provided via OCRA quarterly newsletter

    Spring 2023: 
    • May 19, 2023 | DataX End of Year Summit 
    • May 12, 2023
    • May 5, 2023
    • April 28 2023
    April 21, 2023

    Winter 2023:
    March 10, 2023
    February17, 2023
    February 10, 2023

    Fall 2022:
    December 2
    November 18
    November 4
    October 28
    October 21
    • October 14

  • Report of the DataX Strategy Task Force
  • Report of the DataX Strategy Task Force | A Template for Transformation

    Prepared by Professors Jacob G. Foster and Mark L. Green

    Special Assistants to VCR for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science

    “This report is a great start to laying the foundation for the initiative, notable for the breadth of its vision and the richness of its detail. I want to thank the faculty advisory committee who have been involved in furthering the vision for DataX, with support from the Office of the VC for Research and Creative Activities, the Academic Senate, UCLA Deans, the EVC/Provost’s Office, and the Chancellor’s Office (Professor Safiya Umoja Noble, Interim Director, UCLA DataX Initiative).”

    Read the report: here

  • Approach and Background
  • Virtual Town Halls - May 2020

    Summary: Professors Jacob G. Foster and Mark L. Green discuss how UCLA plans to leverage advances in data science and AI to transform research, creative activities, and education across disciplines. Both serve as Special Assistants to VCR for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science.

    Watch the [town hall recording]

    May 15 - Professional Schools

    • May 15 - College

    May 19 - College

    May 19 - Professionals Schools

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

  • Contact
  • To contact the Interim Director, Safiya Noble, or inquire about anything related to the DataX Initiative please email Vanessa Rhinesmith, Chief of Staff to the Interim Director of DataX