Science Hub for Humanity and Artificial presents Science Hub Showcase 2022

Science Hub Showcase 2022

The Science Hub advisory group selected six research projects for funding in 2022. The investigators are professors in the Samueli School of Engineering and the David Geffen School of Medicine. In the morning, the investigators will present results from their projects, and in the afternoon, people from Amazon and UCLA will lead discussion groups on key topics of shared interest.


The Science Hub Showcase 2022 takes place Sep 30, 2022. Enjoy research presentations and choose a break out session to attend.

Attention Graduate Students

In addition to registering with UCLA for the main event by clicking on the link above, please register here with Amazon directly for the Info Session at 2:30 p.m.

Science Hub Showcase 2022 photo gallery

To view images from the Science Hub Showcase 2022, click on photo below. 


Sep 30, 2022 | Mong Auditorium, Engineering VI

9 – 10 a.m.

Light Refreshments

10 – 10:10 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Jens Palsberg headshot

Jens Palsberg

Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Science Hub Director

Bruce Dunn

Bruce Dunn

Interim Dean of UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Stefano Soatto

Stefano Soatto

VP of Applied Science, Amazon Web Services AI

Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli

Stefano Soatto

Prem Natarajan

Vice President, Alexa AI

10:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Research Presentations

Guy van den Broeck

Session Chair: Guy Van den Broeck
Associate Profesor of Computer Science,
UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

Wei Wang

Investigator: Wei Wang, Leonard Kleinrock Chair Professor in Computer Science, Director of Scalable Analytics Institute, Department of Computer Science, Department of Computational Medicine UCLA

Research Project: Knowledge Graph Representation Learning and Applications in Biomedicine

Ertugrul Taciroglu

Investigator: Ertugrul Taciroglu, Professor & Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UCLA

Research project: Mapping Wildfire Fuels using Deep Learning for High-fidelity Fire Spread Simulation

Loes Olde Loohuis

Investigator: Loes Olde Loohuis, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Research project: Prediction of Perinatal Depression Using EHR-derived Phenotypes and Genetic Risk Scores

Eleazar Eskin

Investigator: Eleazar Eskin, Professor and Chair, Computational Medicine, Professor, Computer Science, Professor, Human Genetics, UCLA

Research project: Scalable Sequencing Approaches for Detection of Novel Pathogens and Evolving Viral Variants

Baharan Mirzasoleiman

Investigator: Baharan Mirzasoleiman, Assistant professor, Computer Science, UCLA

Research project: Coresets for Efficient and Robust Machine Learning

11:50 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Posters

1:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Discussion Groups

The discussion groups are open to anyone; the idea is to have discussion about the status and research challenges in the four areas.

Lara Dolecek
Murali Narayanaswamy
Mani Srivastava
AI and Databases

Led by Lara Dolecek, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA Samueli, Murali Narayanaswamy, Principal Machine Learning Scientist, the DBS Redshift team, Amazon and Mani Srivastava, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCLA Samueli, and Amazon Scholar.

Nanyun “Violet” Peng
Anoop Kumar
Conversational AI and NLP

Led by Nanyun “Violet” Peng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli, and Anoop Kumar, Manager, Applied Science, Alexa AI, Amazon.

Aditya Grover
Vijay Mahadevan
AI and Computer Vision

Led by Aditya Grover, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, UCLA Samueli, UCLA, and Vijay Mahadevan, Senior Manager, Applied Science, AWS AI, Amazon.

Terry Kramer
AI and Business Operations

Led by Terry KramerAdjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management; Technology Management, Technology and Society, and Global Immersion in Shenzhen/Hong Kong, UCLA


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Graduate Student Opportunities Info Session 

Join Amazon recruiters and scientists to learn about opportunities for graduate research and applied science internships and the new Amazon Postdoctoral Science program.

Graduate Students, please register here for the info session.

Baharan Mirzasoleiman

Amazon Scientist
Chamsi Hssaine
Amazon Postdoctoral Scientist, SCOT

Allesandro Achille

Amazon Scientist
Alessandro Achille
Senior Applied Scientist, AI Labs

Manan Chopra

Amazon Scientist
Manan Chopra
Principal Applied Scientist, SCOT

Oleg Rokhlenko

Amazon Recruiter
Oleg Rokhlenko
Sr. Manager, Applied Science, Alexa Shopping

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Networking Mixer at Plateia Restaurant

Graduate students and faculty are invited to join Amazon scientists and leaders for a networking mixer at Plateia. This networking mixer follows the graduate student information session at the main Science Hub Showcase event. We hope that the conversations will carry over outside!