culture analytics

Culture Analytics

Organizing Committee

Tina Eliassi-Rad (Rutgers University, Computer Science)
Mauro Maggioni (Duke University, Mathematics and Computer Science)
Lev Manovich (The Graduate Center, CUNY, Computer Science)
Vwani Roychowdhury (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Electrical Engineering)
Timothy Tangherlini (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Scandinavian Languages)


Scientific Overview

The explosion in the widespread use of the Internet and social media and the ubiquity of low cost computing have increased the possibilities for understanding cultural behaviors and expressions, while at the same time have facilitated opportunities for making cultural artifacts both accessible and comprehensible. The rapidly proliferating digital footprints that people leave as they crisscross cyberspace offer a treasure trove of cultural information, where culture is considered to be expressive of the norms, beliefs and values of a group. This program encourages the exploration of the unsolved mathematical opportunities that are emerging in this cultural information space. While leading approaches to the analysis of culture range from algebraic topology, probabilistic methods in topic modeling and natural language processing, to graph and game theoretic models of communities, diffusion, and influence, to optimization and map-reduce methods to handle large parallel operations, to the analysis of visual and audio signals, and to mathematical models for agent-based emergent behavior and decision making in large populations, we aim to promote a vigorous collaboration across disciplines to devise new approaches and novel mathematics to address these problems. This program will bring together leading scholars in the social sciences and humanities with those in applied mathematics, engineering, and computer science.



There will be an active program of scientific activities, seminars and workshops throughout the March 7 – June 10, 2016 period and core participants will be in residence at IPAM continuously for these fourteen weeks. The program will open with tutorials, and will be punctuated by four major workshops and a culminating workshop at UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Several distinguished senior scientists will be in residence for the entire period. Between the workshops there will be a program of activities involving the long-term and short-term participants, as well as visitors.


Culture Analytics Tutorials. March 8 – 11, 2016.
Workshop I: Culture Analytics Beyond Text: Image, Music, Video, Interactivity and Performance. March 21 – 24, 2016.
Workshop II: Culture Analytics and User Experience Design. April 11 – 15, 2016.
Workshop III: Cultural Patterns: Multiscale Data-driven Models. May 9 – 13, 2016.
Workshop IV: Mathematical Analysis of Cultural Expressive Forms: Text Data. May 23 – 27, 2016.
Culminating Workshop at Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. June 5 – 10, 2016.

An application form is available at:
This application is for people requesting financial support to attend and participate for extended periods up to the entire length of the program (March 7 – June 10, 2016). Applications for individual workshops are separate and will be posted on individual workshop home pages when available. We urge you to apply as early as possible. Applications will be accepted through Monday, December 07, 2015 but decisions will be made starting in July. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as funding decisions are made. Letters of reference may be sent to the address or email address below.

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.


Contact Us:

Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Attn: CA2016
460 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles CA 90095-7121
Phone: 310 825-4755
Fax: 310 825-4756