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Big Data is an emerging pillar of modern scientific discovery, involving the use of extremely large and complex datasets, requiring new and/or non-traditional methods for data collection, storage, analysis, curation, transfer, visualization, querying, and protection.  The Big Data arena is having an extraordinary impact on research activities worldwide, in fields as diverse as social sciences, arts and architecture, physical sciences, health sciences, and engineering.  Many of these research activities have the potential for solving important and challenging problems that can have profound benefits for society.

UCLA researchers are engaged in a range of activities that involve and contribute to the Big Data arena, with myriad applications in arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, engineering, physical and life sciences, information sciences, and health sciences. This portal provides an overview of these activities, indicated in the links below.

As a means of fostering the development of this important research area at UCLA, during 2016-17 the OVCR has initiated a Transdisciplinary Seed Grant (TSG) program with an emphasis on collaborative research relevant to Big Data.  The initiative is designed to “seed” and support new lines of research and new interdisciplinary collaborations at UCLA that involve the use of extremely large and complex datasets. SIGN UP TO RECEIVE INFORMATION & UPDATES RELATED TO BIG DATA AT UCLA.



View the Big Data TSG Call for Proposals and more on the FY17 Transdisciplinary Seed Grant webpage

Quick Links:

Big Data TSG Call for Proposals - proposals due February 15, 2017

Big Data TSG Application Portal

Big Data TSG Networking Event - January 18, 2017 (Note: this was one of two events on January 18 related to fostering Big Data-related research and collaboration at UCLA. Interested parties are also encouraged to view this presentation from NVIDIA  about GPU Deep Learning which took place on the same day.)

TSG Collaborator Database - Enter your research interests and find others interested in partnering on a TSG proposal

TSG: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)



Research Tools and Training/Workshops

Large Scale Databases

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The California Center for Population Research Presents: "Research Ethics: The Use of Big Data" 5/31/17, 12 noon - 1:30PM, 4240 Public Affairs Building
The use of big data has become increasingly common in social and health research, raising a series of new and difficult questions about research ethics. In this informal workshop, a panel of investigators using big data for their research will describe issues that they have faced and other potential problems.
Christina Palmer, CGC, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Genetics, UCLA
Sean Young, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Director of Innovation, Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine, UCLA



NSF - Critical Techniques, Technologies, and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: June 1, 2017


Below is a selection of entities and programs engaged in Big Data-related research at UCLA.

If your research involves or is impacted by Big Data and is not listed here, please contact



Adaptive Systems Laboratory Internet Research Lab
Algorithmic Research in Network Information Flow Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Decisions, Operations & Technology Management Program Jalali’s Photonic Laboratory
Automated Reasoning Group Laboratory for Robust Information Systems
Big Data and Complex Networks Group Machine Learning Lab
Bioinformatics IDP Medical Imaging Informatics
Bionics Laboratory Named Data Networking
Brain Research Institute Networked and Embedded Systems Laboratory
California Center for Population Research Plasma Science and Technology Institute
California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA Precision Health Program
Center for Biological Physics Scalable Analytics Institute
Center for Development of Emerging Data Storage Smart Grid Energy Research Center
Center for Domain Specific Computing
Center for Encrypted Functionalities Southern California Earthquake Center
Center for Engineering Economics, Learning and Networks Space Physics Center (within the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics)
Center for Information and Computation Security Speech Processing and Auditory Perception Laboratory
Center for SMART Health (an initiative of the Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences) Statistical Genetics at UCLA
Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy Studio of Bio-Data Refining and Dimension Reduction
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Institute (link coming soon) Systems, Dynamics and Controls
Computational Population Genetics @ UCLA (Bogdan Lab) Tracking of bacterial communities at single cell resolution, Wong Research Lab
Data Science and Decisions Lab UCLA Center for Digital Behavior
Digital Humanities UCLA Vision Laboratory
Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences University of California Institute for Prediction Technology
Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences Wireless Health Institute
Institute for Digital Research and Education X-ware Systems Reliability & Resilience Laboratory (an initiative of the Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences)
Information Theory and Systems Laboratory ZarLab - Computational Genomics Group

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