We are a group of scientists at the undergraduate, masters, phd, and postdoctoral level working on large-scale, system problems in many fields including computational social science, linguistics, mathematics, data science, computer science, fluid dynamics, sociology, nonlinear dynamics, networks, ecology, and physics.

The team was first established over a decade ago by Peter Sheridan Dodds and Chris Danforth. Our alumni bring morally grounded and ethically conscious data science training to their important work in industry, government, and academia.

Jane Adams, Data Artist in Residence, MassMutual Center of Excellence in Complex Systems & Data Science

Henry Wu, Research assistant, Project: Quantifying the dynamics of the 2020 protests against police violence

Vanessa Myhaver, MS student in Mathematics, Thesis: Simulating the collision of black holes

Mariah Boudreau, PhD student in Mathematical Sciences. Project: Quantitative and evolutionary STEM training (QuEST). Project: Epidemic forecasting

Colin Van Oort, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Projects: Machine learning & computational finance. MS Thesis: Market efficiency in US stock markets: a study of the Dow 30 and S&P 30.

Kelsey Linnell, PhD student in Mathematical Sciences. Project: Insomniometer, measuring population scale sleep with social media

John Ring IV, PhD student in Computer Science, Projects: Cybersecurity and computational finance

Kelly Gothard, MS student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Thesis: Exploring Incel language & subreddit activity on Reddit

Ethan Davis, MS Student in Complex Systems & Data Science, Thesis: Quantifying cultural changes through the dynamics of proverbs in fiction

Julia Zimmerman, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Project: Algorithmic Fairness

Anne Marie Stupinski, MS student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Thesis: Measuring mental health stigma on Twitter

Danne Elbers, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science, Informatics Core Director of Data Management at MAVERIC Boston Veteran's Administration

Josh Minot, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science,. Project: Construction of a Potusometer measuring presidential influence on social media

Thayer Alshaabi, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Project: Mortality modeling

Michael Arnold, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Project: Principle component analysis of sociotechnical timeseries

Aaron Schwartz, PhD in Natural Resources, Thesis: Quantifying the health benefits of nature contact in cities across the US. NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

Todd DeLuca, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Project: algorithmic bias

Sophie Hodson, BS student in Data Science & Engineering. Project: Brain imaging predictors of social violence in children

Sandhya Gopchandani, MS in Computer Science, Thesis: Using word embeddings to explore the language of depression on twitter. Presently working on machine learning for iManage.

Ryan Gallagher, MS in Mathematics, Thesis: Disentangling discourse: networks, entropy, and social movements. PhD student in Network Science at Northeastern

Emily Cody, PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Thesis: Mathematical modeling of public opinion using traditional and social media. Data Scientist at Adobe

Lewis Mitchell, Ed Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellow in the Mathematics of Climate. Research project: The geography of happiness: connecting twitter sentiment and expression, demographics, and objective characteristics of place. Faculty member at Adelaide University.

Andy Reagan, PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Thesis: Towards a science of human stories: using sentiment analysis and emotional arcs to understand the building blocks of complex social systems. Data Scientist at MassMutual

Andy Metcalf, MS in Complex Systems & Data Science. Data Scientist at Optimal Solutions

David Landay, MS student in Complex Systems & Data Science. Data Scientist at Optimal Solutions.

Ben Kotzen, undergraduate Mathematics major. Game theory applied to cooperation in the US congress.

David Dewhurst, PhD in Complex Systems & Data Science, Thesis: Essays on modeling and analysis of dynamic sociotechnical systems. MS Thesis: Some results on a class of optimization problems. Lead Data Scientist, Investment Division, MassMutual.

Thomas Mcandrew, PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Thesis: Weighted networks: applications from power grid construction to crowd control. Assistant Prof, College of Health, Lehigh University

Yu Jiang, BS in Mathematics & Physics.

Suma Desu, BS in Mathematics, research project on positivity bias in language. Data Scientist at Apple.

Sven McCall, BS in Mathematics & Geography, Thesis: Lagrangian coherent structures. GIS Engineer at FatMap

Tyler Gray, PhD in Mathematical Sciences, Thesis: Measuring linguistic and cultural evolution using books and tweets. Mathematician at Institute for Defense Analyses

Brandon Whitney, MS in Complex Systems & Data Science. BS Thesis: Categorizing snow depth trends in Vermont with singular value decomposition. Data Scientist at Faraday

Abby Ross, MS in Complex Systems & Data Science. Research project on gender bias in print media. Instructor at Northfield Mount Hermon School

Sarah Howerter, MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Researcher at Packetized Energy

Dilan Kiley, MS in Complex Systems & Data Science. BS Thesis: Characterizing the shapes of collective attention using social media. Data Scientist at Zillow

Lindsay Ross, BS in Computer Science. Thesis: Exploration of story arcs in palliative care conversations using natural language processing. Software Engineer at Apple

Isabel Kloumann, BS in Mathematics & Physics. Research project: building the language assessment by Mechanical Turk (labMT) sentiment dictionary. Research scientist at Facebook

Ross Lieblappen, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: Aggressive shadowing of a low-dimensional model of atmospheric dynamics. Faculty at Vermont Technical College

Henry Mitchell, BS in Mathematics & Physics, Thesis: Chimera states and seizures in a mouse neuronal model. Graduate student at Johns Hopkins

Catherine Bliss, PhD in Mathematical Sciences. Thesis: Description, prediction, and evolution of a large, dynamic network from incomplete data. Faculty at SUNY Empire State

Eitan Pechenick, PhD in Mathematical Sciences. Thesis: Exploring the Google Books corpus: an information theoretic approach to linguistic evolution. Faculty at Maine School of Science & Mathematics

Nicholas Allgaier, PhD in Mathematical Sciences. Thesis: Reverse engineering the human brain: an evolutionary computation approach to the analysis of fMRI data. Research faculty in Neuroscience at UVM

Kameron Decker Harris, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: On-off threshold models of social behavior. Faculty in Computer Science at Western Washington University.

Morgan Frank, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: Standing swells surveyed showing surprisingly stable solutions for the Lorenz '96 system. Faculty at University of Pittsburgh in Informatics & Networked Systems.

Michael Foley, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: An exploratory statistical analysis of NASDAQ-provided trade data. PhD student in Network Science at Northeastern

Eric Clark, PhD student in Complex Systems & Data Science, Thesis: Applications in sentiment analysis and machine learning for identifying public health variables across social media. Research Scientist at UVM. MS Thesis: Multi-lingual valence analysis across 20th century literature and the twittersphere.

Sharon Alajajian, BS in Computer Science. Research project: The Lexicocalorimeter: Gauging public health through caloric input and output on social media. Admissions @UC Berkeley

Jake Williams, PhD in Mathematical Sciences. Thesis: Lexical mechanics: partitions, mixtures, and context. Assistant Professor, Information Sciences, Drexel University

Paul Lessard, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: Collective defection. PhD student at UC Boulder

Mark Ibrahim, MS in Mathematics. Thesis: Connecting every bit of knowledge: the structure of Wikipedia's first link network.

Laura Jennings, BS in Mathematics & Nutrition. Thesis: Veganation: is this thing on? Exploring perceptions of veganism. MS student in Food Systems at UVM

Fletcher Hazlehurst, BS in Computer Science. Thesis: The growth and evolution of the meaning space spanned by the English language over the last thousand years. Programmer at Rock Gym Pro.

Kayla Horak, MS in Statistics, Research Statistician, University of Wisconsin

Ashley McKhann, BS in Mathematics & Physics. Thesis: ODEs modeling chaotic convection: data vs physics. PhD student at Harvard.

Chris Fusting, MS in Mathematics. Data Scientist at Railinc Corp

Darcy Glenn, BS in Physics, Thesis: Characterizing weather in a thermosyphon: an atmosphere that hangs on a wall. PhD student at Cambridge

Kate Taggart, BS in Mathematics & Physics. Research project: Dynamic structure of networks updated according to simple local rules. Engineering manager at Hashicorp

Peter Larsen, BS in Computer Science. Research project: Tweeting ehile eating: comparing the sentiments of US business locations using social media

Lindsay Van Lier, MS in Mathematics. Scientist at Children's Health Coverage Programs of Vermont

Hassan Ridouane, NASA postdoc. Research Project: A 2-D numerical study of chaotic flow in a natural convection loop.

Dan Brown, MS in Mathematics. Research project: Intelligent traffic signals: extending the range of self-organization in the BML model. Scientist at National Life Insurance