UCLA math's third-year PhD student, Jialin Liu, received "Best Student Paper: Third Place" at the 2017 International Conference on Image Processing (Beijing, China) for his paper Online Convolutional Dictionary Learning. The paper was co-authored by Cristina Garcia-Cardona (Los Alamos National Laborator), Brendt Wohlberg (Los Alamos National Laborator), and Professor Wotao Yin, UCLA. Brendt served as Jialin's internship mentor during summer 2016.
On September 16th, over 300 Los Angeles Math Circle (LAMC) participants, alumni and their families came to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the program. LAMC is a top-tier math circle attracting elementary, middle and high school students interested in mathematics and eager to learn. An affiliate program of the Department of Mathematics at UCLA , LAMC has also been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Mathematical Science Research Instittue (MSRI), the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Raytheon, a gift from the Glickman family, and math circle families donations.
Professor Deanna Needell has been awarded $471,000 by the National Science Foundation for her research on big data. Novel mathematical techniques are required in order to analyze complex large-scale data. Her project will use Lyme disease data (through a collaboration with LymeDisease.org) for the design and testing of these methods.
The Department hosted a family alumni event, Movies, Medicine and the Magic of Math, on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Over 160 adults, teens and children joined in on the fun! Professor Joey Teran presented his research used in Disney movies such as Frozen and Moana, explaining how complex mathematical equations are applied to movie animation. Afterwards, a reception was held in the Court of Sciences with research demonstrations and kids activities.
Computing Reviews (CR), an ACM/ThinkLoud publication, has released its 21st Annual Best of Computing. The list brings together influential computing books and articles published in 2016 that are nominated by CR reviewers, category editors, editors-in-chief of journals, and others in the computing community.