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Ron Galperin has served as the City Controller for Los Angeles since 2013, and has long been a leading voice on reforming government, cutting waste, helping businesses create jobs, and open access to data. As Chair of the Los Angeles City Commission on Revenue Efficiency, Mr. Galperin found new revenue sources and budget savings to deliver more city services to residents.
Katie Shilton is Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at University of Maryland. She is a UCLA alumna whose research focuses on ethics and policy for the design of information technologies, systems, and collections. Dr. Shilton leads the Ethics & Values in Design Lab at the UMD iSchool, and is the director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information research center.
Panel and Discussion: Lessons and Case Studies for Urban, Open, and Civic Data Research
Matthew Bietz is research faculty in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the role of data in collaborative work and how people use data as part of collective meaning making. Find out more about Dr. Bietz's work at www.matthewbietz.org.
Morgan Currie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation research uses the lens of critical data studies to focus on practices and citizen participation in open government data, as well as on civic activism based around data-driven projects. Currie has a Masters in New Media from the University of Amsterdam and a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCLA. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Gillespie is a professor at UCLA in the Department of Geography. In his research, Professor Gillespie uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, and Biogeography technologies and techniques to inform conservation, restoration and land use strategies in a variety of ecosystems worldwide. Find out more about Tom's research at his Tropical Dry Forests of the Pacific website at http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/geog/tdfpacific.
Wendy Hsu (@wendyfhsu) is a researcher, strategist, and educator who engages with hybrid research and organizing agendas for equality in arts, technology, and civic participation. After completing the ACLS Public Fellowship, Hsu currently works with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs providing research and strategy to redesign the department's data and information paradigms and augment digital capacity, relevance, and public engagement. She is also the founder of Lab at DCA, a city staff innovation incubator.
Yoh Kawano works at the GIS and Visualization Sandbox as a member of the Research Technology Group for the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), serving as the Campus GIS Coordinator while holding lecturer positions in the Digital Humanities and the Urban Humanities. He is currently involved in the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, working as a GIS and visualization advisor for a research project based in Niigata University, collaborating with local governments who are actively measuring radiation levels in communities surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Plants. Find Mr. Kawano on Twitter: @yohman
Alex Turek began work for the Luskin Center for Innovation while in the UCLA Masters of Urban Planning program in 2012. He currently oversees both the Sustainable Energy initiative and the Alternative Fuels initiatives with project topics that include PEV rebate design, low-income clean vehicle adoption, EVSE siting, MUD charging strategies, vehicle to grid integration, grid modernization, solar program analysis such as with feed-in tariff, net metering and community solar programs, and energy efficiency policy.
Rosten Woo is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and educational projects with a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations including the American Human Development Project, the Black Workers Center, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, as well as the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, and various piers, public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation. Mr. Woo’s work can be found at rostenwoo.biz
Afternoon Panel and Discussion: Challenges and Complexity in Urban, Open, and Civic Data Research
Dana Chinn is a lecturer at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the director of the Norman Lear Center's Media Impact Project (mediaimpactproject.org). She focuses on digital analytics for news and nonprofit organizations, data journalism, and the role of journalism in open data (OpenDataLA.org).Open Data LA seeks to develop the role of journalism in tracking the status of open data initiatives throughout the greater Los Angeles region to encourage government jurisdictions to establish policies and standards that will lead to more accurate, accessible and usable public data. Twitter: @danachinn
Alex Hall is a professor in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions. His research is focused on reducing climate change uncertainty at both regional and global scales. At the regional scale, he has been active in the development of downscaling techniques to reduce uncertainty about processes that are crucial to regional climate change, but are unrepresented in global climate models. Learn more about his work at www.atmos.ucla.edu/csrl, and follow the Center for Climate Change Solutions on Twitter at @UCLAClimateCtr.
Mark Gold is the UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and he leads UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge—with goals of achieving 100% local water supply and 100% renewable energy and enhanced ecosystem health by 2050. Dr. Gold created Heal the Bay’s weekly Beach Report Card and he is currently leading a data intensive research effort on sustainable water management in the city of Los Angeles. Find out more at: http://grandchallenges.ucla.edu/sustainable-la/
Kat Karimi is the Co-Founder and Director of Civic Innovation Lab, a new platform where a wide spectrum of stakeholders can collaborate and build solutions over a 12-month period through a mix of community challenges, structured programming, and networking with public and private sector experts. She is a strategy and innovation expert who has developed a variety of innovation programs that bring together the richness of open data, the values of human-centered design, and the leading-edge methodology of top-tier startup incubators. Learn more at civicinnovationlab.la and follow @civicinnlab and @katkarimi on Twitter.
Claudia Núñez is an award-winning journalist specializing in immigration and U.S.-Mexican border issues, with more than 15 years of international experience. She currently serves as Digital Director at HOY, Los Angeles Times' Spanish Newspaper and is the Spanish-language web editor for Human Rights Watch. Núñez is the force behind Migrahacks, hackathons on immigration data that bring together journalists, programmers and community members. She conceived and developed the innovative program while she was a 2012 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University. She tweets from @nunezcla.
Stephanie Pincetl is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at the Institute of the Environment (UCLA). She works on understanding the energy and water use of complex urban systems, using Los Angeles County as an exemplar case study. For more information, go to: http://sustainablecommunities.environment.ucla.edu.