Org Structure

Org Chart

OARC Org Chart

Our organization is comprised of several practice areas:

  • Campus and National Institutes

OARC supports two institutes at UCLA: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) and Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE). CESMII was named one of several national institutes on Smart Manufacturing, sponsored by the Department of Energy, driving cultural and technological transformation and secure industrial technologies as national imperatives. IDRE is a cooperative of UCLA faculty from a diverse group of disciplines working to advance the existing body of computing knowledge and expertise at UCLA.

  • Campus Research Initiative

Campus Research Initiatives is responsible for providing institutional leadership and support to coordinate and build campus capacity for innovative research and pedagogy through institutional coordination, alignment, and development of IT system requirements related to research computing and research data management. The goal of this organizational area is to facilitate broad-based, campus-wide collaboration and coordination with all academic departments, administrative and academic support units, campus computing facilities, and media/communications offices to align research and research computing with institutional direction.

  • Community Partnership Programs

Community Partnership Programs (CPP) develops programs that address technology education, professional development, and diversity in tech across the UCLA campus and in partnership with the Southern California technology community.  CPP’s approach to program development includes the principles of community, innovative problem solving, and the development of strong, diverse partnerships. CPP programs partner with a variety of communities, including UCLA technology staff, undergraduate and graduate students, UCLA researchers, UCLA faculty, UCLA emeriti and retirees, Women in Tech, and technology leaders.

  • Disabilities and Computing Program – DCP

OARC’s Disabilities and Computing Program (DCP) is focused on both researching and developing resources for web, computing and information accessibility as well as promoting awareness and accessibility education. The DCP works to facilitate the integration of adaptive computing technology into the areas of web publication, research, instruction and employment at UCLA. The DCP’s goal is to make all information accessible to students, faculty and staff and the public at large.  DCP facilitates and relies on-campus partnerships across many areas of the UCLA community with a focus on supporting the academic and research mission.

  • Infrastructure Support Services

Infrastructure Support Services provides internal support to OARC staff including desktop support, Windows and Linux web and file server support, networking, and facility management. The group also manages the Technology Sandbox/Modeling Lab and the Disabilities & Computing/Statistics lab, and handles the day-to-day operation of the Visualization Portal.

  • Research Technology Groups

    The Advanced Research Computing RTG develops and maintains research and computing infrastructure including the Hoffman2 shared computing cluster, consults with faculty and researchers on digitally enabled research and scholarship, and provides expertise on research computing tools and methods through workshops, training courses, and online materials. The RTG also develops new services and support in areas of campus need as identified by the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) faculty board.

  • Computational Science

The Computational Science Group consists of four PhDs in computational science and engineering who have extensive hands-on experiences with numerical methods, modern software engineering practices, scientific software design and optimization, interactive computing (e.g., Jupyter), cloud computing, and computational tools used on high-performance computing clusters and supercomputers. The group provides consulting services for computing on the Hoffman2 Cluster and looks for collaborative opportunities in the areas of advanced numerical simulations, data modeling, data science, machine learning, and interactive computing.

  • GIS and Visualization

The OARC GIS and Visualization team supports a broad range of analytical tools and technologies that include GIS, spatial data science, 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. The team consults directly with faculty on research that contains large-scale datasets and produces new forms of born-digital scholarship. Operating out of the Technology Sandbox, an environment and ethos that promotes collaboration and experimentation, the GIS and Visualization team advances research by hosting workshops, organizing events/conferences, and creating tutorials on various related tools and methodologies.

  • HPC Systems

The OARC HPC Systems Group operates the Hoffman2 Cluster hardware and software environment in support of research computing activities at UCLA. The group consults on Hoffman2-related applications, hardware, and operating system optimization. The group also manages new node purchases and the Hoffman2 storage infrastructure including project directories. Information about the Hoffman2 cluster is available online (https://www.hoffman2.idre.ucla.edu/). Feedback and suggestions related to the Hoffman2 Cluster can be submitted through the documentation website. 

  • Mobile Research, Cloud Data RTG

The Mobile Research, Cloud and Data RTG works with clients and research partners to creatively tackle complex challenges related to mobile, data, cloud, sensors and IoT technologies. The Mobile Research Cloud and Data RTG helps clients embrace the mobile ecosphere and delivers engaging and gamified mobile app experiences to users and special populations to collect critical data in the field.  MRCD engineers partner with researchers on federal grant proposals and become embedded in the grant projects once awarded.   MRCD has experience working on NIH, NSF and VA grants.  The MRCD team works to co-write innovative research proposals that directly support the research team’s specific aims, assisting with IRB protocols and data management plans.  The MRCD has also been able to leverage past research efforts by generalizing them into mobile research platforms, benefiting future researcher’s mobile data collection projects and efforts.

  • Research Data and Web Platforms

The Research, Data and Web Platforms (RDWP) team works with clients and research partners to creatively tackle complex challenges related to web and data technologies.  The team works to create environments and platforms that enable communication, the collection, publication and visualization of accessible research data.   The RDW team also works closely with campus partners to support research teams working to utilize web platforms, supporting UCLA brand guidelines and accessibility best practices along the way.

  • Statistical Methods and Data Analytics

The Statistical Consulting Group provides support for a broad spectrum of methods related to data analysis, with a focus on the application of statistical methods.  The group’s free services are designed to empower researchers to be independent analysts and include daily statistical consulting hours, consulting by appointment for faculty researchers, and training workshops delivered throughout the year. Team members can also be hired to collaborate on research teams as data analysts and consultants. Researchers can learn more about these services online (https://stats.idre.ucla.edu/ucla/policies/) and are welcome to write idrestat@ucla.edu for any further inquiries. 

  • Software Central

Software Central serves UCLA staff, faculty and students by centralizing software licensing and distribution for commonly used software in support of UCLA’s teaching, research and public service missions.  By negotiating, acquiring, distributing, managing and supporting campus-wide licensing agreements, Software Central provides efficient and cost-effective delivery of software to the campus community.  Software Central periodically reviews cross-campus software purchases and usage to identify opportunities to centralize software purchases to provide more value to campus users.

  • Strategic IT Policy & Chief Privacy Officer

Policy and privacy address a spectrum of issues having broad impact on the campus community, the academy, and the university mission. With oversight of the campus’s IT policy portfolio and Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, the office helps develop policy and offer guidance to the campus community to support academic freedom and strengthen operational effectiveness, drives transparency and ethical behavior, and serves as a fair and authoritative voice in facilitating conversations around the balancing of opportunity and risk in the use of campus data assets.