I am currently a graduate student at Binghamton University pursuing an MS in Systems Science. I am working under Dr. Hiroki Sayama and Dr. Luis Rocha.
I am interested in the structure and organization of dynamical systems, especially those of natural and biological systems. Some examples of this “structure” would be the spatial pattern of a leaf, the shape and movement of the storms on Jupiter or galaxies, the pattern of firing neurons in a brain, or the “organized” ways in which chemicals in a cell work together to achieve the its functions. Some questions I have about this notion of “structure” are:
I have found that a good way to characterize structure is as a mean between complete order and complete randomness, as this is where complexity is usually said to lie. Another way to think of this is that when a system’s parts are completely correlated or completely uncorrelated, we do not see any complex behavior, and perhaps nothing we would want to call structure: the system contains very little information. But when the parts are correlated across scales, to varying degrees, we get complex behavior and structure.
Some fields that I find relevant to these questions are: thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, information theory, philosophy of biology, mereology, differential equations, network science/graph theory, group theory, numerical analysis.
I am a part of Dr. Hiroki Sayama’s research lab and Dr. Luis Rocha’s group, the Complex Adaptive Systems and Computational Intelligence (CASCI) lab.
I am currently working on a paper which develops a complexity measure to quantify structure in a simple physical system. I am also investigating ways to compress (coarse-grain) boolean functions with applications to gene regulatory networks.
I majored in Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University, and there I also minored in both Physics and Philosophy. In the physics department, I worked with Dr. Dezhe Jin on the voice identification problem in parakeets using ML methods. In the philosophy department, I investigated the concept of “soul” and definitions of life with Dr. Mark Sentesy. I also worked with Dr. Michael Hallquist and the DEPENd lab to develop software for pre-processing human-subject psychology study data, was a grader for an introductory computational theory course, and had a summer internship with a Lockheed Martin research group. Eventually, I took an online course from the Santa Fe Institute on complexity science, and found a way to combine my varied interests.
For more information, please take a look at my CV, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.