April 13th – 14th, 2023

We are pleased to announce the UCLA synthetic data workshop. This two-day workshop is hosted by the UCLA Department of Statistics and co-sponsored by IDREScience Hub for Humanity and Artificial IntelligenceASA Section on Statistical ComputingNISS and NSF. The workshop is held at the UCLA Faculty Club from April 13-14, 2023.


Synthetic data generation is a rapidly growing and highly interdisciplinary area that draws much attention from both academia and industry. For the development of algorithmic procedures for fraud detection and spam identification, as well as for the construction of AI-driven models in industries like manufacturing and supply chain management, synthetic data has become a valuable resource. The advantages of synthetic data include cost savings, increased speed, agility, increased intelligence, and cutting-edge privacy. According to the Gartner report, synthetic data will overshadow real data in training machine/deep learning models by 2030; see Figure below. Additionally, the MIT Technology Review named synthetic data as one of its top 10 game-changing innovations for 2022. Synthetic data is everywhere: image, text, graph and tabular data; it has different names: simulated data (for physical scientists); missing value imputation (for statisticians), and more recently, GAN (for computer scientists) etc. Therefore, it is believed that synthetic data generation will be an indispensable part of the next-generation machine learning workflow.


Despite numerous successful applications of synthetic data, its scientific foundation, e.g., the tradeoff among fidelity, utility, and privacy, is still missing. Additionally, industrial standards for generating and utilizing synthetic data are not fully developed. Furthermore, the privacy law on synthetic data is still in its infancy. Therefore, this workshop is to form a community of synthetic data researchers (from statistics, machine learning and mathematics), policymakers, and industrial partners, and bring them together to collaborate on the development of the theory, methodology, and algorithms needed to produce synthetic benchmark datasets and algorithms.

Tentative Program

Each day runs from 9-5 up to some finetuning.

Keynote speakers (40 mins/talk):
Invited Session 1 (30 mins/talk): Structured Synthetic Data (Tabular and Time Series)
Invited Session 2 (30 mins/talk): Trustworthiness of Synthetic Data
Invited Session 3 (30 mins/talk): Generative Models for Text/Image Data

Session Chair: Ying Nian Wu, UCLA Statistics

Invited Session 4 (30 mins/talk): Synthetic Data for Social & Medical Sciences

Session Chair: Andrés Felipe Barrientos, FSU Statistics


Travel Support

Travel support is available for junior participants (who received PhD degree after 2018), invited speakers and panel discussants. Registration fee will be reimbursed for participants that receive travel support.


Click here to register for the April 13th – 14th, 2023 UCLA synthetic data workshop.

The registration deadline is March 15th, 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting the above Google form DOES NOT guarantee a place in the workshop until the registration fee is paid. The registration fee link will become available in Feb. and we will inform those who registered via email then.


If you need accommodation, nearby options include the following local hotels.



For more information contact Prof. Guang Cheng.

Applications are now open to become readers for the Math Department in Spring 2023. As a reader, you will be working part-time to grade homework assignments for mathematics or PIC courses under the direction of professors and teaching assistants.

Deadline to submit your 2023 Spring Reader Application:

  • Friday, Feb 17, 2023 (Week 6) for returning readers
  • Friday, Feb 24, 2023 (Week 7) for new readers

Please email ugrad[at]math.ucla.edu if you have questions about the application.

We are excited to announce that QCSA will be hosting the first workshop of the quarter next week! 

QCSA will be holding an Intro to Quantum Computing Workshop led by Amanda Younes. Amanda is a third year physics undergraduate who is also a member of our QCSA leadership team. She is working in Professor Campbell’s group here at UCLA and is mainly interested in atomic and photonic qubit systems.

Date: February 7th, 2023

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Physics and Astronomy Building 4-330.

Amanda will be giving an introductory level workshop/presentation with the goal of introducing students with no experience with quantum computing to the field and its opportunities. It will cover the very basics of what makes a quantum computer, quantum gates and quantum programming, and applications of quantum computing. She will also provide a Jupyter notebook afterward to help out with some of the more difficult concepts, and will suggest some resources for students to learn more. The workshop is accessible for students who have not taken quantum mechanics or advanced math.

There will be free food and everyone is welcome to join! If you are interested in attending the event, please fill in this form, so that we can know your food preferences.

If you cannot make it to our in person event, you may join through the zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 869 3805 2453
Passcode: 0THTuL

Quantum Computing Student Association (QCSA) Leadership Team


LA Hacks 2023 Hacker Applications are LIVE! 🎉

LA Hacks is Welcoming You Back Home to Pauley Pavilion 🏠! From April 21st – 23rd, get ready for an amazing weekend packed with innovation, panels, workshops, $30,000 worth of prizes 😱, and other fun activities 🥳. With over 1000+ students from across the nation and globe, join us as we celebrate our Homecoming back to Pauley Pavilion and create trailblazing projects that showcase technological skills and creative thinking 🔥. This year we’ll be fully on-site, and we welcome all students of any major or background 🌐! With free food 🍕, swag 👕,  transportation 🚌, and lodging 🛏️, you’ll feel right at home at LA Hacks 2023! For more information about our event and hacker applications, visit ✨lahacks.com✨We hope to see you at LA Hacks 2023!

🖥️ Apply at: lahacks.com & RSVP to our Facebook Event

🕒 Applications close: Friday, February 24th, 11:59 PM PST (UCLA students who apply by February 17th using their g.ucla.edu account are automatically accepted!)

The Directed Reading Program (DRP) pairs undergraduate students with graduate students for quarter-long independent study projects in mathematics. Projects culminate in a brief presentation given by the undergraduates in a DRP colloquium.

Find more information about the DRP HERE.

Applications are now open HERE with a deadline of Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 4:00 pm.

Please email drp@math.ucla.edu for more information.

You are cordially invited to attend the URC – Sciences Winter Quarter Open House on Thursday, January 12, 2023. There will be two in-person workshops in Boyer Hall, Room 130 from 3:00-5:00 PM.

3:00 – 4:00 PM – Getting into Research

This workshop introduces students to university research in the sciences and how to join faculty-supervised research projects.

4:00 – 5:00 PM – URC Programs and Opportunities for Student Researchers

This workshop provides an overview of scholarships and programs offered by the Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences for current student researchers.

The 3:00 PM workshop is suited for students who are interested but not yet conducting research, and the 4:00 PM workshop is suited for current student researchers interested in learning more about our scholarship programs and opportunities. Space in Boyer 130 limited and seating is first come, first served. We look forward to seeing you there!

To find additional Getting into Research Workshops through the quarter, please visit our Events webpage.

Undergraduate Research Center – Sciences

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Winter 2023 Office Hours

Mondays 1:00-4:00 PM

Thursdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

As the Spring 2023 semester approaches, here is some information about the Master of Science in Actuarial Science Program at Columbia University

Are you interested in acquiring a unique portfolio of skills to evaluate and manage financial risks? Are you interested in developing expertise in predictive modeling and data science techniques?  Are you looking to apply your analytical mind in practical business domains? Students with a background in finance, economics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering have thrived in our program.

Our program is ranked #1 for the best master’s program in Actuarial Science in the United States, and we are a recipient of the Society of Actuaries Presidential Award. Our graduates are sought after by insurance, investment and banking, media and technology companies, and more. To apply, please click here.

The UCLA Department of Economics is pleased to announce that applications for its 2022-2023 academic year scholarships are now available.

The deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 13, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Visit our Department of Economics Scholarships page on our website for more information. 

Thank you and good luck!

UCLA Department of Economics

Undergraduate Counseling Office

Thanks to the generosity of UCLA donors, the department has created two new awards for undergraduate students.

1. The L. and M. Gross Undergraduate Math Award is open to students in any math major for whom financial challenges are affecting their ability to complete their course of studies at UCLA. The department will make two awards of $7000. Consideration of applications will begin on Monday Nov. 21st.

Please apply to the L. and M. Gross Award at: https://forms.gle/x29mrbYEvUrT9kESA

2. The AIG Life Insurance fund for Financial Actuarial Math Students is open to students in the Financial Actuarial Math Major only. The department anticipates making five awards each of $500. The intention of the awards is to help defray the cost of students taking their SOA exams, but any explained educational need will be considered for an award.

Please apply to the AIG Award at: https://forms.gle/e4XHKXN4AvmgW1pC9 .