Registration is open until April 12, 2019, and is free of charge. The organizers explicitly invite researchers, scholars, and students from all fields of Humanities (Anthropology, Linguistics), Digital Humanities, Data and Computer Science, Cognitive and Behavioral neuroscience, Computational Statistics, Philosophy (Epistemology, Theories of Consciousness), Psychology and Semiotic Studies to attend this dynamic 1-day event!
Shannon Room #54-134 (5th Floor)
UCLA Engineering IV
420 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095
Douglas W. HollanProfessor, UCLA Department of Anthropology
Vwani RoychowdhuryProfessor, UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Maja GutmanResearcher, UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Douglas W. Hollan
Douglas Hollan is a UCLA cultural and psychological anthropologist whose primary focus is on how social experience affects health (including mental and emotional health), emotions, empathy, embodiment, and different states of consciousness and non-consciousness (including sleeping and dreaming). Using person-centered interviews and observation, he is particularly interested in how emotional health and well-being are conceptualized in different times and places, and the extent to which these conceptualizations feed into the experience of health and well-being per se. He is past President of the Society for Psychological Anthropology and an instructor at the New Center for Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.
Prof. Roychowdhury’s expertise lies in combining tools from a number of scientific disciplines, and solving fundamental, as well as practical problems in a diverse set of fields, including Machine Learning (ML), Culture Analytics, Complex Systems and Networks, Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, and Complexity Theory and Combinatorial Algorithms. He has published more than 200 journal and conference papers, co-authored multiple books, including two on Artificial Neural Networks (one of them with a Foreword by Prof. Marvin Minsky, a pioneering AI researcher), and has more than 15 US patents to his credit. Of particular relevance for this symposium is his focus on data analysis, and the development of machine learning algorithms and frameworks for the modelling and mining of large-scale complex systems and unstructured data from multiple domains, including social. In 2016 Prof. Roychowdhury initiated a NSF funded cross-disciplinary 4-month program on Culture Analytics at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).
Dr. Gutman’s background is in the Humanities, with emphasis on Cultural and Media studies, and most recently, Consciousness studies. She completed her PhD at AMEU-ISH, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her current research is focused on theoretical aspects of embodied cognition and its behavioural expressions in cultural data. To be able to fully co-develop new tools and methodologies for observing and measuring immersion in multi-sensory environments (VR), Dr. Gutman has started combining philosophical and neuroscientific approaches, along with various aspects from cognitive science and recent advances in data analytics. For the past three years, she has been focusing on the science of dreams by summarizing theoretical knowledge on dreams and transitioning abstract philosophical models to computational frameworks. In October 2017 Dr. Gutman and Prof. Roychowdhury submitted an intellectual property (IP) declaration titled “Methods and System for Large-Scale Dream Data in Immersive Multisensory Environment: Acquisition, Analysis, Modeling and Interpretation & Applications” to the UCLA’s Office of Technology Development.