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April 2018

UCLA DH Research Seminar: Ben Breen, UCSC

April 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunch 12-1pm. Lecture 1-3pm Click here for RSVP Abstract This talk connects the early modern European occult tradition to digital culture. In particular, it will discuss the Alchemy Website (alchemywebsite.com), Twilit Grotto: Archives of Western Esoterica (esotericarchives.com), and online archives related to drugs and DIY pharmacology, like Erowid.org. Many of these sites are not just archives of old texts, but generative of new knowledge in their own right. Fans of the Alchemy Website seek to understand the symbolism of alchemical manuscripts; readers of…

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February 2018

Green Family Lecture Series; “AI Breakthroughs & Obstacles to Progress, Mathematical and Otherwise” by Yann LeCun

February 6, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) invites you to attend the 2018 Green Family Lectures featuring Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research at Facebook and Professor at NYU. Deep learning is causing revolutions in computer perception and natural language understanding. But almost all these successes largely rely on supervised learning, where the machine is required to predict human-provided annotations. For game AI, most systems use model-free reinforcement learning, which requires too many trials to be practical in the real world. …

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Green Family Lecture Series: “Deep Learning and the Future of Artificial Intelligence” by Yann LeCun

February 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) invites you to the first Green Family Lectures of 2018 featuring Yann LeCun, director of Facebook’s artificial intelligence research and professor at NYU. The rapid progress of AI in the last few years is largely the result of advances in deep learning and neural nets, combined with the availability of large datasets and fast hardware for numerical computing (GPUs). We now have systems that can recognize images with an accuracy that rivals…

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January 2018

UCLA DH Seminar: Do Borges’ Librarians Have Bodies?

January 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
IDRE Portal – 5628 Math Sciences Building,

Lunch 12-1pm. Lecture 1-3pm Please RSVP only if you will attend the lunch discussion from 12-1 in the IDRE Portal. No need to Register if you will attend the lecture at 1pm. Deadline to register for lunch is 5pm on Thursday, Jan. 25th. Lecture abstract In 1982, Bill Viola posed an enigmatic question: Will there be condominiums in Data Space? Borges' Library of Babel perhaps provides an anachronistic answer to Viola's still unresolved riddle, as the Argentine's famous short story gives a detailed architectonic description of that prophetic infinite…

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Winter Wednesday Workshops: Digital Research Project Presentation: Terry Allen

January 10, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Research Library (Charles E. Young) – Research Commons (RC) Classroom UCLA graduate student, Terry Allen, will present his project. Terry holds a M.A. in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles. Originally from San Francisco Bay Area, Terry has two lines of research.…

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June 2017

Miriam Poser: Seeing Like a Supply Chain: Data, Movement, and Capital in the Logistical Regime

June 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Supply chains are critical to understanding the global economy. As offshoring has become standard corporate practice, these networks have become head-spinningly complex, evan as just-in-time production and rapid cycles of obsolescence require that commodities be handed through the supply chain with minimal latency. The presentation investigates SAP, the suite of software most commonly used for supply chain management. As the global economy roils and the market permits ever less downtime, SAP’s supply-chain management modules incorporate increasingly sophisticated machine-learning algorithms, turning…

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May 2017

Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence

May 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Foregoing the political lens through which we usually look back at racial photography, this talk returns racial photography into the history of science and addresses it as a form of scientific evidence. Morris-Reich reconstructs individual cases, conceptual genealogies, and patterns of practice of the use of photography and photographic techniques for the study of “race” from the nineteenth century to the Nazi period. RSVP here AMOS MORRIS-REICH (University of Haifa) Cosponsored by: UCLA Department of History UCLA Department of Germanic…

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Noosphere to Videosphere: Evolutionary Panpsychism from Henri Bergson to Media Art

May 8, 2017 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

Peter Sachs Collopi – “Noosphere to Videosphere: Evolutionary Panpsychism from Henri Bergson to Media Art”

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April 2017

CS 201: ACM-W Distinguished Lecture: Broadening The Computer Science Community, MARIA KLAWE, Harvey Mudd College

April 11, 2017 @ 4:15 am - 5:45 pm

Apr 11, 2017 Speaker: Maria Klawe Affiliation: Harvey Mudd College ABSTRACT: Computing is one of the least diverse disciplines in science and engineering in terms of participation by women, African-Americans and Hispanics, and the only discipline where participation by women has significantly decreased over the last three decades. While our discipline does well in encouraging members of underrepresented groups to go on to graduate programs, we have been less successful in attracting members of these groups into undergraduate programs. This…

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March 2017

Challenging Models of Digitization and Access

March 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Challenging Models of Digitization and Access March 20th, 2017, 10am-12pm (PDT) IDRE Visualization Portal, 5628 Math Sciences Building This seminar challenges traditional notions and models of how we digitize and make materials accessible. The argument is that there is a strong focus on digitizing cultural heritage in standardized, generic ways and on making this material available through ‘access’. Typically, digitization processes are very costly and much less attention and resources are invested into tools and agile processes. Questions raised in…

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