Doctoral Students

  1. Mike Hoefer (PhD Computer Science, co-advised with Prof. Dan Larremore)
    After working in aerospace manufacturing for a few years, I put away my steel-toed boots to begin a PhD studying computer science and complex systems. In particular, I plan to research methods of identifying and resolving root causes of difficult problems in social systems. My overarching goal is to help improve the opportunities for life on earth, through increased environmental, economic, and political sustainability. Mike Hoefer

  2. Andy Kavran (PhD Chemistry and Biochemistry and IQ Biology, co-advised with Prof. Natalie Ahn)
    I am interested in using network models to describe the behavior of biological systems, typically at the cellular and molecular scales. My research pairs community detection algorithms with high-throughput data in order to understand the differences in community structure between systems. Currently, I am applying this approach to protein expression data in order to understand the molecular relationships among several different types of cancer. Also, I am using protein phosphorylation data to investigate how melanoma cancer cells respond differently to intermittent and continuous drug treatment. Andy Kavran

  3. Nick LaBerge (PhD Computer Science, co-advised with Prof. Dan Larremore)
    As a former physicist, I am drawn to understand the underlying rules that govern real world systems, and I’m interested in using and developing analytical methods to study them. My current research in the science of science aims to better understand the academic ecosystem. In this research I am particularly motivated to examine how academia can become a more equitable environment for all. Nick LaBerge

  4. Allison Morgan (PhD Computer Science, and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow)
    I'm interested in the emerging field of computational social science, particularly using data mining and machine learning to examine issues of social inequality. Drawing from my background in physics, I hope to build upon and develop efficient analytical and numerical methods to analyze these complex social problems. My current research will analyze the evolution of faculty hiring networks by developing a web crawler to collect faculty directories over time. Allie Morgan

  5. Ian Van Buskirk (PhD Computer Science, co-advised with Prof. Dan Larremore)
    I’m here because I still don’t know what a complex system is. My favorite account? A complex system is a collection of agents that interact to manipulate a causal narrative. This suggests that analysis of such systems must bridge many divides, central among them the divide between an agent and the narrative it (often indirectly) attempts to manipulate. I seek to help build such bridges and hope my work shapes how we interact with complex systems for the better. Ian Van Buskirk

  6. Sam Zhang (PhD Applied Mathematics)
    As a programmer turned mathematician, I enjoy working at the boundary between pure mathematics and computational science. I am particularly interested in complex societal problems with rich geometric and network structure. Currently I am studying large-scale patterns in the ecosystem of science production and higher education. Sam Zhang

Undergraduate Students

  1. Nicholas Cordaro (BA Biochemistry)
    Currently, I am finishing up my senior year at CU Boulder and plan on graduating with a B.A. in Biochemistry and a minor in Computer Science. As a biochemist with a focus in biophysics, I am very excited to use computation to solve problems in science and medicine. My current research focuses on using machine learning to optimize polymerase chain reaction, which fails 30-40% of the time. Nick Cordaro

  2. Christoph Uhl (BS Computer Science)
    I’m finishing up junior year at CU Boulder, working towards my BS in Computer Science and minor in Technology, Arts and Media. I have a deep interest and natural curiosity in learning more about the universe I have found myself in. Particularly, I want to gain more insight on the topic of difficulty and its role in people’s lives. My work at the lab is limited as of now, focusing solely on expanding ICON. Christoph Uhl

Past Group Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

  1. Dr. Andrea E. Berardi (funded by NSF, 2015-2016, then postdoc at University of Bern)

  2. Dr. Daniel B. Larremore (funded by NIH, 2012-2015, then Omidyar Fellow at Santa Fe Institute)

  3. Dr. Leto Peel (funded by DARPA, 2013-2015, then postdoc at Université Catholique de Louvain, in Belgium)
Doctoral Students

  1. Dr. Anna Broido (Applied Mathematics, 2015-2019, then machine learning engineer at Apple)

  2. Dr. Amir Ghasemian (Computer Science, 2014-2018, then postdoctoral fellow at Temple)

  3. Dr. Nora Connor (Computer Science, 2011-2018, then data scientist at Tuple Health)

  4. Dr. Samuel F. Way (Computer Science, 2014-2017, now research scientist at Spotify Research)

  5. Dr. Abigail Z. Jacobs (Computer Science, 2011-2017, now faculty in Complex Systems and Information Science at Michigan)

  6. Dr. Lauren G. Shoemaker (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2011-2017, now faculty in Botany at Wyoming)

  7. Dr. Sears Merritt (Computer Science, 2011-2013, then data scientist at Mass. Mutual)
Masters Students

  1. Trevor DiMartino (Computer Science, 2016-2017, then developer and manager at Cognizant Accelerator)

  2. Kansuke Ikehara (Computer Science, 2015-2016, then developer at LingK)

  3. Christopher Aicher (Applied Math, 2012-2014, then pursuing PhD in Statistics at University of Washington)

  4. Pooneh Mortazavi (Computer Science, 2012-2013, then developer at Microsoft)

  5. Yogesh Virkar (Computer Science, 2011-2012, then pursuing PhD in Computer Science at Colorado)

  6. Chris Schenk (Computer Science, 2010-2011)

  1. Alexander Ray (BS Computer Science, then developer at Amazon)

  2. McKenzie Weller (BS Computer Science, 2017-2019, then developer at Google)

  3. Tetsumichi (Telly) Umada (Computer Science, 2017-2018, then system engineer at NEC)

  4. Ellen Tucker (Mathematics, 2015-2016, then pursuing PhD in Computer Science at Northwestern University)

  5. Matthias Sainz (Computer Science, 2014-2016, then software developer at FullContact)

  6. Nico Tonozzi (Computer Science, 2014-2015)

  7. Andrew Zizzi (Aerospace Engineering, 2011-2012)

  8. Ken Sheedlo (Computer Science, 2011-2012)