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Workshop - Culture Analytics and User Experience Design, 11 - 15 April 2016, University of California LA, USA


February 15, 2016


Event Date:

April 11, 2016 - April 15, 2016

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About the Workshop. Culture Analytics and User Experience Design

Culture analytics concerns itself with the highly interwoven and complex interactions among individuals, society, and technology that are catalyzed by the enormous growth in data that characterizes the current age. User experience design requires more than a thin interface veneer on top of an algorithmic layer. The shape of the user experience must be rooted in the computational structure from the beginning and co-designed along with the statistical and machine learning algorithms for data exploration and analysis.

In order to best design the next generation of technologies to enhance communication, collaboration, and cultural understanding, and to prepare for unintended consequences, we need to incorporate a robust understanding of human and social capabilities with deep technical and mathematical skills. To accomplish this, researchers, developers, and designers must demonstrate a willingness to transcend disciplinary concerns. Questions of ethics, privacy, and sustainability are essential components of this process as more and more people spend increasing amounts of time in technology-rich environments.

This workshop will bring together experts from industry and academia to consider these relatively unexplored but highly influential threads of study that place the user experience at the center of the design of analytic technologies.

This workshop will include a poster session; a request for posters will be sent to registered participants in advance of the workshop.


Cecilia Aragon (University of Washington, Human Centered Design & Engineering)
Katy Börner (Indiana University)
Peter Leonard (Yale University, Library)
Timothy Tangherlini, Chair (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Scandinavian Languages)

Application & Registration

The application form is for those requesting financial support to attend the workshop. We urge you to apply early. Applications received by Monday, February 15, 2016 will receive fullest consideration. Questions and supporting documents should be sent to the email below. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. If you do not need or want to apply for funding, you may simply register. IPAM will close registration if we reach capacity; for this reason, we encourage you to register early.

We have funding especially to support the attendance of recent PhD’s, graduate students, and researchers in the early stages of their career; however, mathematicians and scientists at all levels who are interested in this area are encouraged to apply for funding. Encouraging the careers of women and minority mathematicians and scientists is an important component of IPAM’s mission and we welcome their applications.

Please send your questions and supporting documents to:




Faculty $75
Government/Military Participant $75
Graduate Student $25
Industry $100
Postdoc $50

Registration fees must be received two weeks in advance of the first day of the workshop to qualify for the early registration fees listed above. After that date, registration fees increase by $10. There are no refunds of registration fees, barring extenuating circumstances.


IPAM has room blocks at the following local hotels for workshop participants. You may also consult IPAM’s Hotel Page for other options.

Hilgard House is a short walk from IPAM and Westwood Village. They offer free parking for one car, excluding vans and SUVs. The UCLA rate is $157/night for single occupancy (about $179 with tax). Please identify yourself as an IPAM guest when you make your reservation. Rooms will be blocked until three weeks before the first day of the workshop. If you use the hotel’s online form to make your reservation, refer to the IPAM program in the comment box and they will adjust your rate accordingly.

Hilgard House Hotel
927 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024 (map)
Phone: 310-208-3945 or 800-826-3934
Email: Hilgard House Hotel Reservations

Hotel Palomar is a Kimpton Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. It is within walking distance of IPAM, but also offers shuttle service upon request. There is a restaurant on site. Parking is available to IPAM guests at the discounted rate of $25/day. IPAM’s room rate at Hotel Palomar is $199/night (around $230 with tax) through June 30, 2016. To make your reservation, email or call Karen Fernandez, the IPAM reservations coordinator, and identify yourself as an IPAM guest. Rooms will be blocked until two weeks before the first day of the workshop.

Hotel Palomar
10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 424-901-7292

Speakers and participants receiving IPAM support should consult their offer letters and the Policies page for specific instructions and limitations.

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