As a convergence point for engineering, mathematics and computer science with the domain sciences, IDRE represents and supports research at UCLA where high performance computation, visualization, modeling and simulation play a key role. IDRE and the IDRE Research Technology Group are involved with both campus-wide research projects that address key computational needs for UCLA researchers and focused projects that are related to IDRE’s primary program areas. Projects done in conjunction with the faculty of the IDRE-HASIS subgroup focus on the integrated research, education, and outreach endeavors specific to the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
Particle-in-Cell and Kinetic Simulation Software Center (PICKSC)
PI: Warren Mori (Physics)
PICKSC’s mission is to support an international community of PIC and plasma kinetic software developers, users, and educators; to increase the use of this software for accelerating the rate of scientific discovery; and to be a repository of knowledge and history for PIC. Project website.
PI: Jim Davis (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
On January 31, 2019, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) became the program home for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Manufacturing USA, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) headquartered in Century City, CA. CESMII brings over $140 million in public-private investment from leading universities and manufacturers to focus on innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation. For more information, visit the CESMII website.
PI: Lisa M. Snyder and Scott Friedman (IDRE)
An NEH-funded project to develop software to facilitate use of academically generated three-dimensional models in both formal and informal educational settings. IDRE Contact: Lisa M. Snyder. Project partner: Steven Davison (UCLA Digital Library Program). Project website.
World’s Columbian Exposition Reconstruction
PI: Lisa M. Snyder (IDRE)
The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was a landmark event in American history. Held in Chicago, this seminal world’s fair is widely studied across a range of disciplines including architecture, urban planning, women’s studies, religious studies, and art history. The reconstruction model is both a work-in-progress and actively used as a testbed for educational applications for interactive computer technology. Project website.
PIs: Diane Favro (Architecture and Urban Design) and Willeke Wendrich (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)
The NEH-funded Digital Karnak Project provides learners of all ages with an opportunity to explore this important temple complex’s rich religious, political and architectural history. Using VSim, the Karnak project team is developing an interactive publication for broad dissemination and peer review. IDRE contact: Lisa M. Snyder. Project participants: Elaine Sullivan (Project manager and lead author, UCSC) and Joy Guey (UCLA DH undergraduate). Project website.
PI: Willeke Wendrich (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)
The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (UEE) is a born-digital publication funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that provides rich, peer-reviewed content on Egyptian history, art, archaeology, geography, religion, and language. Articles are available both through a interactive geo-spatial interface and as text documents through UC’s eScholarship.
The beta version of the website is available for preliminary user testing: UEE Beta Version
Million Dollar Hoods
PI: Kelly Lytle-Hernandez (History and African American Studies)
The Million Dollar Hoods is a community-driven research project that maps the fiscal and human cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles. The project has expanded from looking at just Los Angeles County to the entire state of California. While IDRE has been continually supporting the project since its inception, our consultants are now providing a general consulting role for technical related tasks related to mapping and database design. Project website.
Hate Crime Map
PI: Shannon Speed (American Indian Studies)
The Hate Crime Map offers an anonymous platform for victims of hate-based assault and crime to record their experiences so that researchers and policy makers have accurate information. While community data can be inputted, the other main dataset is from newspapers and online sources. IDRE support has been overseeing the technical implementation of the map in the backend and frontend interfaces. Project website.
California Asian American Super Tuesday Voting Records
PI: Natalie Masuoka (Asian American Studies and Political Science)
The Asian American Studies Center is authoring a white paper on Asian American voter turnout in the California 2020 primary and comparing that with the 2016 primary. The goal of the project is to look at the how disenfranchisement occurs in voting amongst the Asian American community as well as identifying the areas in California for the greatest growth potential for the Asian American electorate. The report will be released in May as a part of Asian American history month. IDRE is supporting the project by assisting the creation of the maps for these reports and other geospatial consulting on the data. Contact: Albert Kochaphum.
Collaboration between OIT DCP, OIT/IDRE, and UCLA Facilities
Mapping disability infrastructure at UCLA for accessible bathrooms, elevators, and routes. IDRE is supporting the GIS implementation of the project by coordinating the efforts between OIT’s Disabilities and Computing Program and UCLA Facilities in the data coalition, surveying, and data management. The overall goal is to provide a safe place and welcoming place for all students at UCLA irrespective of their ability and to have an inclusive campus map where students can find best ways to get to class even when elevators are broken. Contact: Albert Kochaphum.