UCLA Synthetic Data Workshop

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.

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