Shawn Beaulieu

Shawn Beaulieu  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

My interests lie at the intersection of biology, mathematics, and computer science. Specifically, I am interested in the construction of computational models for complex biological and social phenomena. Additionally, I am fascinated by several problems belonging to the science of the mind, including embodiment, auditory and visual processing, synaptic plasticity, memory formation, and the nature and origin of consciousness (particularly as it applies to the development of artificial intelligence). As an undergraduate at Clarkson University I studied biochemistry with a minor concentration in mathematics. During this time I helped conduct research into gene and drug delivery, stochastic differential equations for modeling predator-prey relations, and the molecular neuroscience of the TRPV1 receptor as a potential target for cancer therapy. Advisor: Nick Cheney

Brendan Whitney

Brendan Whitney

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I am an Accelerated Masters Student hailing from Hingham, MA. I finished my undergraduate studies in pure mathematics from UVM in the fall of 2017. My favorite aspect of Data Science is data visualization. I enjoy the challenge of creating understandable visuals without losing the complexity of the data supporting them. Outside of class, I enjoy exploring the Green Mountains and the Adirondaks with the Outing Club. I love backpacking, sea kayaking, and backcountry skiing, but enjoy learning new ways to explore the outdoors. During the summer, I work as a guide for Wilderness Adventures, leading trips for middle school students all across the country. Advisor: Chris Danforth

Erik Brown

Erik Brown

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I am an Accelerated Masters Student with a focus on network theory. Specific interests include graph algorithms and analysis, as well as their many applications. My avocational interests include musical performance and Youtube.

Ollin Demian Langle Chimal

Ollin Demian Langle Chimal  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I'm a mexican physicist who is also passionate about computational social science. I've worked at the Mexican Ministry of Social Development (SEDESOL) using data science to improve public policies. My interests are complex networks, opinion dynamics, sustainability, soccer, climbing, biking and Julialang. Advisor: Nick Cheney

Thayer Alshaabi

Thayer Alshaabi  

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

Graduate research assistant working on autonomous systems, machine learning, computer vision, and data science. Advisor: Safwan Wshah

Colin Van Oort

Colin Van Oort  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

My research interests include applications of artificial neural networks, quantitative analysis of stock markets, and system modelling. When I'm not working on research or personal projects I like to play soccer and video games. Advisors: Chris Danforth, Peter Dodds, Safwan Wshah

Samuel Zonay

Samuel Zonay

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Sytsems Center

This field “found me” as an undergrad while I was studying math. I was fortunate during my undergrad time at UVM to recieve the guidance of many of my proffessors who noticed my interest in math, statistics and computer science then challenged me to put these skills together and develop a data science toolset. Of all the limitless applications of the field of data science, I aspire to one day apply my skills to some of the other interests I harbour, such as music and fitness. Advisors: Prof. Dodds and Prof. Rosebush

Kristin McClure

Kristin McClure

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I'm a Graduate Student in Data Science and Complex Systems with a focus on Machine Learning and Data Visualization. For the majority of my professional career, I worked at IBM and most recently led a team focused on strategic planning and data analytics. My undergrad degree is from the University of Pennsylvania in Economics. My family and I live in the Burlington area and I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage in projects and research with the Professors and other students. Advisor: Chris Danforth, Peter Dodds

Maike Holthuijzen

Maike Holthuijzen  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I am a recent transplant to Vermont and am originally from Idaho. I have a bachelor's degree in ecology and 2 master's degrees in ecology and statistics. After working as a field plant ecologist for 12 years, I transitioned to quantifying and analyzing ecological data. Currently, I am working on improving the accuracy of climate projections from regional weather models. My research interests include using spatial statistics, Bayesian spatial statistics and machine learning to answer ecological questions and modeling natural phenomena. Prior to beginning this program, I studied the spatial association of perennial grasses and sagebrush over moisture and grazing gradients, and I compared the accuracy of several machine learning and statistical methods to predict stream temperatures over stream networks. I am an avid runner, cyclist, and cross-fitter and am usually at the gym or on the trails when I am not working. Advisor: Brian Beckage

Todd DeLuca

Todd DeLuca  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

I am a 40-something husband and father who has worked as a software engineer and scientist in the areas of natural language understanding, genomics, and big data analytics. My passion for deep learning and data science has lead me to pursue a PhD where I can study and apply deep learning models to complex systems. When not at UVM, you can find me spending time with my wife and 2 homeschooled children. Advisor: Chris Danforth

Luke Trinity

Luke Trinity  

Masters Student in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

Luke is a 2018 graduate of the University of Vermont with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from Washington, D.C., he loves the beautiful scenery and nature of Vermont. Luke began working with the Social Ecological Gaming & Simulation (SEGS) Lab during the summer of 2018 as a North East Water Resource Network (NEWRnet) intern. Since then he has created a variety of simulations that collect data to study human behavior. Research topics have ranged from farmer's decision-making in adopting pollution-reducing buffer strips, to how pork production workers weigh risk and reward. Luke is excited to continue ongoing projects for the SEGS lab as a Graduate Research Assistant. He hopes to create tools that can provide data that was previously unavailable, with the potential to be used in an educational setting. Researching aspects of human behavior that can make models more accurate will empower policy makers dealing with problems of varying size and scope.

Alexander Daniels

Alexander Daniels  

PhD Candidate in Complex Systems and Data Science, Complex Systems Center

After being introduced to complex systems research as an REU student at The Santa Fe Institute, I began to seek a course of study that would give me the vocabulary needed to capture the essence of many-agent systems. I am eager to use the foundation I have acquired as a master's student in physics to help answer the questions: What general principles regulate the evolution of complex systems? How can we use our understanding of the physical, biological, psychological, mathematical, and social realms to elucidate these principles? How can we capture the behavior of interconnected systems at all scales? How can we revolutionize "doing science" by utilizing cutting-edge techniques in data science? And, what structures are embedded in large sets of data? Advisors: Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, Jim Bagrow