Data Science Federation Hosts InnovateLA Event

City CIO Ted Ross kicks off the InnovateLA event

The Data Science Federation is a collaborative research partnership between The City of Los Angeles and 14 regional colleges and universities. Last week, we held our quarterly Data Science Federation meeting to celebrate some of the work that has come out of the Data Science Federation and other academic partners. This was in partnership with InnovateLA: a two-week countywide celebration of the breadth of innovation and creativity within our region.

The event was kicked off by City CIO Ted Ross, who spoke about the importance of data-driven decision making and the collaborative efforts in making Los Angeles a truly smart City. Below is a short recap of the presentations and some of the work that has taken place.

Professor Mohammad Pourhomayoun and Janna Smith from the City of LA’s Department of Transportation talked about the research behind the Pedestrian and Bike Counting project and how machine learning and computer vision are powering new modes of analysis and measurements of mobility.

Alex Pudlin, Data Scientist at the Mayor’s iTeam, joined to present the Los Angeles Index of Neighborhood Change. The index has been used to help map and target displacement in the City of Los Angeles and has been a key focus of the iTeam’s work over the last year.  

The Children’s Data Network at USC aims to model information from child protection services records as a method for screening referrals of neglect and abuse. This work, in participation with LA County, has the potential to revolutionize how predictive analytics are used to prevent child abuse.

Finally, local Civic Hacker Nina Kin joined to talked about Hack for LA, a volunteer group affiliated with Code for America and some of the work they have been doing about how to make LA a better place in which to live. Discussed projects included Food Oasis, Curbmap, and more.

An interactive feedback exercise was done at the end of the event to capture real-time input on if anyone needed data, had data to share, ideas for projects, or skills to share on the following topics:

  • Transportation and mobility

  • Water, power, and energy

  • Connectivity, access, and equity

  • Smart cities and infrastructure

  • Public safety

  • Workforce development

  • Doing business in LA

It was a pleasure meeting and working with everyone at the event.  If you are interested in attending future events and/or working with the Data Science Federation please contact us contact us at