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Wolfram Summer School

June 24–July 14, 2018
Bentley University, Waltham, MA

Our Faculty

Executive Director

Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram is the author of A New Kind of Science and the principal lecturer at the Summer School. He is the creator of Mathematica, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research. Having started in science as a teenager (he got his PhD at age 20), Wolfram had a highly successful early career in academia. He began his work on NKS in 1981 and spent ten years writing the NKS book, published in 2002. Over the course of 30 years, Wolfram has mentored a large number of individuals who have achieved great success in academia, business and elsewhere. Starting the NKS Summer School (now called the Wolfram Science Summer School) was his first formal educational undertaking in sixteen years.

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Directors

Lizzie Turner

Program Director

Lizzie joined Wolfram Research in 2014. She is currently the team manager and a technical project manager for Wolfram's Advanced Research Group, working from the company headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. This is her first year as program director of the Wolfram Summer Programs, and she participated last year as well. She is excited to share in this experience and make it valuable and memorable for everyone involved. In her spare time, she enjoys music and playing piano, traveling, shopping for unique trinkets, video games and learning about new technology. She has a BSc in applied mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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 2017

Vitaliy Kaurov

Academic Director

Vitaliy Kaurov joined the Technical Communications and Strategy Group at Wolfram Research in 2010. He has given numerous talks at universities, research labs, companies and conferences around the world, educating people on how Wolfram technologies empower academics and industries, governments and individuals. Vitaliy is involved with international business development, oversees Wolfram Community, writes for the Wolfram Blog, is a faculty member at the Wolfram Summer School and helps with many other Wolfram initiatives. Vitaliy received his PhD in theoretical physics from the City University of New York in the area of ultra-cold quantum gases, and also worked in the fields of complex systems and nonlinear dynamics. He collaborated in National Science Foundation–sponsored research, was a professor at the College of Staten Island and served as an organizer and chair at American Physical Society conferences. Wolfram technologies helped Vitaliy to discover novel scientific ideas and develop innovative educational solutions.

YEARS:

 2017

John Dixon

Academic Director

John Dixon received his PhD in the history of American civilization from Harvard University in 2014. His dissertation unveiled the rich human geography of the eighteenth-century Atlantic Ocean through digital mapping and analysis of ships' logbooks. He joined Wolfram Research in 2015 after a stint at HarvardX working on a MOOC emphasizing interdisciplinary inquiry through material culture. As assistant to Stephen Wolfram, he coordinates Wolfram's newest educational efforts in computational thinking, contributes expertise to the development of new and existing educational products and is involved with various special projects in education and the humanities. John also holds a BA in history and a BS in ceramic and materials engineering from Clemson University.

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 2017

Todd Rowland

Academic Director

Todd Rowland assisted Stephen Wolfram with mathematical issues found in A New Kind of Science chapters 5, 9 and 12. Before joining the NKS team in 2001, he wrote entries for MathWorld. Todd received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1999, where he studied traditional mathematics, such as algebraic and differential geometry. Currently, he is the managing editor of Complex Systems. His interests include the fundamental theory of physics, and more recently education, both NKS and the Wolfram Language.

Presentations

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Catherine Boucher

Program Director

Catherine Boucher joined Wolfram Research in 1998. She led project management during the production of A New Kind of Science and is currently the director of special projects for Wolfram Research. Her team is responsible for early development of new initiatives at Wolfram Research, along with projects related to Wolfram Science. She and her team led the original development of Wolfram|Alpha and currently handle its mathematical content and parser development. Catherine received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in cluster analysis.

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Abigail Devereaux

Event Director

Abigail Devereaux joined Wolfram Research in 2007. She has a bachelor's degree in physics (2004) and a master's degree in mathematics (2007) from Boston University and is currently a Mercatus PhD Fellow in economics at George Mason University. She was involved in the Wolfram Science Summer School from 2008–2015 as event director, as a participant in 2008 and 2010, as a teaching assistant in 2011 and as an instructor from 2012–2015. Her presentation on cellular automata over graph topologies at the 2008 Midwest NKS Conference was later written into an article and published in Complex Systems. In her spare time she sings operatic soprano and writes speculative fiction.

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 2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009 (TA)

Perri Bennett

Program Coordinator

Perri joined Wolfram Research in 2014. She has a bachelor's degree in communications from Suffolk University (2013). She assisted as program coordinator for the 2014 Wolfram Science Summer School and is excited to be back for her second year. Aside from her duties at Wolfram, she is an avid karaoke enthusiast and enjoys playing ice hockey.

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 2015

Instructors

Paul Abbott

Paul Abbott has used Mathematica extensively since 1988. His research is in the areas of wavelets, quantum physics and special functions, and he has general interests in problems in computational and mathematical physics. All of his publications have used Mathematica in some way. From 1989 to 1991, he worked for Wolfram Research as a member of the Applications department. He was a contributing editor to The Mathematica Journal from 1990 to 2005 and has been a consultant to Wolfram Research since 1997. With Chikara Miyaji, he coauthored the book MathLink: Network Programming with Mathematica. In 2002, he was a winner in the SIAM Hundred-Dollar, Hundred-Digit Challenge, and in 2015 he received a Wolfram Innovator Award.

Paul was a faculty member of the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia (UWA) from 1992 to 2016. He taught courses on a wide range of topics, including electromagnetism, relativity, data analysis, group theory, special functions and wavelets; he also received a number of teaching awards, including a Computational Science Award in 1995 and an Australian University Teaching Award in 2016. Abbott has lectured on Mathematica in the United States, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and India, and has given Mathematica courses at several Australian universities. These courses have been attended by professionals and students from a wide range of backgrounds, including people from government departments and financial institutions, scientists, engineers, academics and medical researchers.

Organization: Analytica International, Perth, Western Australia. Degrees: BSc (Hons) in physics, the University of Western Australia; PhD in physics, the University of Western Australia. Languages: English. Interests: Computational and theoretical physics, applied mathematics, mathematical modeling, image and signal processing, wavelets, applications of special functions, physics and mathematics courseware design.

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 2017

Giulio Alessandrini

Giulio Alessandrini graduated with a master's degree in physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." His studies comprised mainly statistical mechanics and its applications in different fields, such as neural networks, disordered systems and biological systems. His last project revolved around the statistical analysis of bacterium E. coli's central carbon metabolism.

He participated in the 2012 Summer School as a student and joined Wolfram Research afterward. He now contributes to the development of image processing functions for the Wolfram Language.

His interests span from natural sciences to Karate-Do, across Italian cantautori (singer-songwriters), science fiction and politics.

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 2017  |  2015  |  2014

Jan Baetens

Jan Baetens graduated as an environmental engineer from Ghent University in 2007, after which he joined that university's Research Unit Knowledge-Based Systems (KERMIT). Having struggled with traditional modeling approaches and their weaknesses while completing his master's thesis, he finds that cellular automata provide an alternate perspective for solving engineering problems. He attended the NKS Summer School 2008 to expand his knowledge of the topic and was an instructor for the NKS Summer School 2009 and 2010. In the framework of his ongoing PhD research, he addresses the usability of CA for describing biological spatio-temporal processes as well as the stability characteristics of CA. The research has led to several published papers and Wolfram Demonstrations. Currently, he is affiliated with Ghent University, at which he teaches several mathematics courses.

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 2016  |  2014  |  2013  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009

Carlo Barbieri

Carlo Barbieri holds a PhD in physics from ENS in Paris. His current research interests are on the boundary between physics, biology and informatics. During his thesis "Inverse problems in biophysics," he worked on developing algorithms to extract biologically relevant information from biophysics experiments such as DNA micromanipulation or neural activity recordings. He spent one year as a visiting PhD student at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He earned a master's in physics from the University of Rome "La Sapienza", in his hometown, focusing on Boolean satisfiability and the statistical physics of complex systems.

He now works for Wolfram in the Advanced Research Group, and has developed the automated data analysis functionality for Wolfram|Alpha. He now works on Wolfram Cloud features such as instant forms and APIs. He is a music lover, an avid traveler and a bike maniac. He finds it weird to talk about himself in the third person.

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 2017  |  2015  |  2013  |  2012

Peter Barendse

Peter Barendse was born and grew up in the United States, attended the University of Vermont, and received his PhD in mathematics from Boston University in 2010.

The topic of his doctoral dissertation was combinatorial large cardinal hypotheses. He has published articles online and in the Journal of the Mathematical Society of Japan.

His scholarly interests are in mathematical logic, dynamical systems, theoretical computer science, physics, philosophy and economics. He is one of the first to study the theoretical capabilities of nonlocal cellular automata and model paradoxes with cellular automata. He now manages mathematical content for Wolfram|Alpha.

Besides these, he enjoys teaching, playing sports (especially water sports), debating, watching and making movies and traveling.

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 2015  |  2014  |  2013

Luca Belli

Luca received his PhD in math at University of Rome Tor Vergata, after graduating from Sapienza University of Rome with both a bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics.

After taking part in the 2012 Summer School as a student, he joined Wolfram as a math content developer. He again participated in the 2013 Summer School as an instructor.

Recently Luca was involved in the implementation of the back end of the Wolfram Problem Generator and in the analysis of its data.

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 2014  |  2013

Etienne Bernard

Etienne Bernard is the lead developer of the Machine Learning Group at Wolfram Research, where he focuses on developing machine learning functionalities for the Wolfram Language. His work aims to simplify the practice of machine learning in order to spread its usage. Etienne obtained a PhD in physics from ENS Paris, where he designed Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms to solve physics problems. He also worked as a postdoctoral scholar at MIT on Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms and non-equilibrium statistical physics.

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 2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013

Taliesin Beynon

Taliesin Beynon is a development lead in the advanced research group at Wolfram Research who works on deep learning functionality for the Wolfram Language. He studied honors math at the University of Cape Town.

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 2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010 (TA)

Dorian Birraux

Dorian Birraux received his master's degree in statistical physics in Paris in 2008. At Wolfram Research, he works on database-related projects and persistent storage solutions in the Advanced Research Group. He is interested in a bit of everything—technology and sciences, music, cinema and traveling. He also enjoys teaching.

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 2017  |  2016  |  2015

Sebastian Bodenstein

Sebastian Bodenstein received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Cape Town for work on precision quark mass determinations and an analysis of the current discrepancy between experiment and theory of the muon magnetic anomaly. Currently, he is a developer for the Machine Learning Group at Wolfram Research, with a particular interest in neural networks.

His other interests include making music, playing soccer and cooking indian food.

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 2017  |  2016  |  2015

Tommaso Bolognesi

Tommaso Bolognesi has a laurea in physics from Università degli studi di Pavia and an MS in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) since 1977 on computer music and design of concurrent systems. He has published a number of papers, participated in several national and European projects, helped run international conferences and workshops and contributed to the definition of the ISO-standard LOTOS language. As a 2005 NKS Summer School student he researched process algebra and Petri nets. Most of his efforts are now on NKS-related topics, in particular on discrete models of space and spacetime based on graph rewriting (A New Kind of Science, Chapter 9).

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 2009  |  2008

Mark Boyer

Mark Boyer worked as a full-time applications programmer at Wolfram from 2016–2017, but he is currently studying at the University of Washington as a graduate student.

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 2017

Charlie Brummitt

Charlie Brummitt is an applied-math postdoc at Columbia University, where he is using mathematical modeling, machine learning and data science to study systemic risk, economic development and various kinds of complex systems. He attended the 2009 Summer School, after which his project (on boundaries of cellular automata) was expanded and published in collaboration with Eric Rowland. He has contributed to Wolfram|Alpha some content on nonlinear dynamics and cellular automata.

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 2016

Kovas Boguta

Kovas Boguta joined the Stephen Wolfram Science Group in 2003. Kovas earned a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago; however, his NKS education began at a much younger age, playing the Game of Life and Rocky's Boots. At Wolfram Research, Kovas worked on a variety of projects, including NKS-related Mathematica development and NKS outreach/education.

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 2006  |  2005

Jason Cawley

Jason Cawley first discussed the ideas in A New Kind of Science with Stephen Wolfram in the early 1990s, and read early drafts of the work around that time. In the last few years before publication, Jason worked for Stephen Wolfram as a research assistant on historical and philosophical issues, including many topics covered in the notes. Jason's graduate studies were in political science at the University of Chicago, and his wide-ranging interests include philosophy, social science, economics, finance and the history of thought. After the book was published, Jason created and moderated the NKS Forum, answering reader questions about NKS. Jason then worked for Wolfram Research developing Mathematica's capabilities in the social sciences, including the development of CountryData and FinancialData. He worked on the Wolfram|Alpha project from its inception to its public release, including much of its social science content. For the last five years, Jason has been Director of Architecture at Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of Wolfram Research, bringing its technologies and methods to a wide range of corporate and government clients. He lives in Anthem, Arizona.

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Seth J. Chandler

Seth J. Chandler is a professor of law and vice dean at the University of Houston Law Center, where he also serves as co-director of its nationally ranked Health Law & Policy Institute. He is a longtime Mathematica enthusiast and has presented at numerous Mathematica conferences and has used the program extensively in his scholarship on the economics of insurance, law and economics, social networks and, most recently, the network structure of law. He currently teaches a diverse set of courses, including insurance law, health law and contract law, as well as an introductory course in analytic methods for lawyers. His educational background includes an AB from Princeton University (1979) and a JD from Harvard Law School (1983). He is self-taught in Mathematica and NKS. He is married to an immigration lawyer and has three children, ranging from age 4 to 17.

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 2005

Erin Craig

Erin Craig graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in mathematics. Inspired by the beauty of both algebra and automata, she spent her final year of college at University of California, Berkeley exploring an extension of rule 90 to cellular automata over non-Abelian groups. Erin attended the NKS Summer School in 2009, where she explored reducibility of string substitution systems. She joined Wolfram Research as a software developer in 2009.

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 2012  |  2010 (TA)

Kevin Daily

Kevin Daily is a team lead in Wolfram Technical Support. He helps customers learn how to use the Wolfram technology stack as a certified instructor and guides the skill development of other technical support engineers. He also assists as a sales engineer, such as onsite at the American Physical Society's March Meeting the last two years, and as a main Wolfram Language contact with JPL's Europa Clipper Pre-Project.

Prior to joining Wolfram, he earned a PhD in physics from Washington State University. He used Mathematica every day to prototype new ideas and better understand the equations of quantum mechanics. His main research background was in hyperspherical descriptions of few-body systems, including ultracold atoms and the quantum Hall effect (the latter as a postdoc at Purdue University).

He has gained teaching experience throughout his higher education. As an undergraduate, he was part of the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, where he led physics tutorials in introductory physics. As a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher, he taught various physics courses, such as undergraduate labs, and guest-lectured on graduate atomic physics topics.

His interests include LEGO, board games and playing any kind of team sport.

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 2017

Riccardo Di Virgilio

Riccardo Di Virgilio received a bachelor's degree in economics and financial science in November 2005 and another bachelor's in moral and social philosophy in December 2007.

From then on, he has worked as a web developer for Sprint24.com, developing a Python web application to centralize business management. Every employee now uses a barcode system to update in real time the status of an order, and the application automatically dispatches notifications (via email, SMS or fax) and creates related documentation (e.g. invoices, delivery documents, etc.).

He succeeded in transforming a heavily paper-based production workflow into a dynamic, database-driven workflow, resulting in increased efficiency, reduced waste and a consistent decrease of labor and human errors.

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 2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014

Bernat Espigulé Pons

Bernat Espigulé Pons is the author of a CDF-based website that guides its visitors around the forest of symmetric fractal trees. Equipped with Mathematica, Bernat has discovered and mapped the generalized families of self-contacting symmetric fractal trees. His main results were presented in two papers, at the Bridges Conference and the Symmetry Festival 2013. He also attended the Wolfram Science Summer School 2013, where he generalized the equations he had found for two-dimensional fractal trees into the 3D space. After this great experience, he decided to join Wolfram Research and work remotely from home in Barcelona.

In 2012, Bernat received a BSc in physics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He completed the last two years of his studies abroad, first as an EAP student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010–2011, and then as an ERASMUS student at Universität Heidelberg, Germany, 2011–2012. His strong interest in the study of complex systems started in high school, where he developed a research project about geometry and nature. From past to present, his interests are: fractal geometry, chaos theory, fractal spacetime, complex networks, nonlinear phenomena, morphogenesis, dynamical systems, topology, complex oscillations, fractal trees and NKS. Bernat's other interests are photography, hiking, surfing, couchsurfing, capoeira, architecture, generative art, education and, more recently, the art of 3D printing. He also enjoys receiving feedback from his left-handed twin brother who is doing research in physics, and his younger sister majoring in math.

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 2016  |  2015  |  2014

Jofre Espigulé Pons

Jofre Espigulé Pons has a background in physics. Prior to joining Wolfram, he did research on quantum physics and biophysics, in particular on the magnetoreception of birds and the limits of human vision. He was a student at the Wolfram Summer School 2015, where he used machine learning to identify species of birds based on their songs. He has a broad interest in topics ranging from computational linguistics to computational sports.

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 2017

Giorgia Fortuna

Giorgia Fortuna completed her PhD in mathematics at MIT in May 2013. She worked on infinite-dimensional Lie algebras and, more generally, in geometric representation theory.

She attended the 2014 Wolfram Summer School and joined Wolfram Research afterward. She now works on the Machine Learning and Deep Learning team. She is implementing functions for unsupervised machine learning, focusing on estimating distributions, fitting data and generating models aiming to describe unlabeled datasets.

She is interested in statistics, probability and pure math.

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 2016  |  2015

Matthew Frank

Matthew Frank joined Stephen Wolfram's science group during the creation of A New Kind of Science and assisted with subjects from time to Timaeus and from sets to sestina. In July 2004 he defended his PhD on "Axioms and Aesthetics in Constructive Mathematics and Differential Geometry" (at the University of Chicago), and he is currently beginning a job on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs. He enjoys the camaraderie of scientific work after midnight.

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 2004  |  2003

Vladimir Grankovsky

Vladimir Grankovsky has worked with broad topics including computer science, electronics design and neuroscience. He is interested in transhumanism, brain-like artificial intelligence and cosmology. He participated in the Wolfram Summer School in 2013 and has been using the Wolfram Language since his first year of university.

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 2017

Gerli Jõgeva

Gerli Jõgeva joined Wolfram Research in 2014. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Tartu, Estonia. During her studies, she did research in the bioinformatics group and was a TA in programming and discrete mathematics courses. Her current role at Wolfram is as a technical consultant, which allows her to work on various projects, including building infrastructure and dynamic content for Computer-Based MathTM materials. She is also a big fan of good coding standards, functional programming and graphs. Her hobbies and interests include choral music, orienteering, racket sports and reading fantasy novels.

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 2017

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson joined Wolfram Research as an intern after the Wolfram Science Summer School 2014 and was subsequently hired as a junior software engineer in the Software Engineering department. He has worked on integrating Arduino and other device functionality into the Wolfram Language, as well as expanding low-level hardware interfaces on the Raspberry Pi and related devices.

His project for the Summer School 2014 was interfacing an Arduino with Mathematica natively using the Device Framework.

He is currently studying at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, majoring in computer science and electrical engineering. Some of Ian's interests include designing and building electrical circuits, robotics, programming, solving problems, learning about math and physics, coaching his high-school debate team and fixing things.

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 2017  |  2016  |  2015

Vitaliy Kaurov

Vitaliy Kaurov received his PhD in theoretical physics from the City University of New York in the area of ultra-cold quantum gases, and also worked in the fields of complex systems and nonlinear dynamics. He collaborated in National Science Foundation-sponsored research and was a professor at the College of Staten Island. Currently, he is a member of the Technical Communications and Strategy Group at Wolfram Research, publishes on the Wolfram Demonstrations Project and writes for the Wolfram Blog. Vitaliy attended the Wolfram Science Summer School 2010 as a student, where he investigated the relation between 1D and 2D cellular automata. Since then, he has enjoyed returning to the Summer School and teaching new students.

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 2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

Kyle Keane

Kyle Keane is currently a full-time lecturer at MIT and part-time consultant at Wolfram in the Technical Communications and Strategy Group. Kyle was a research programmer in the Special Projects Department of Wolfram Research from 2012–2015, where he worked on establishing K–12 programming initiatives, including developing a general step-by-step physics and equation solver in Wolfram|Alpha and helping Siri speak Wolfram|Alpha results. His main areas of interest are the pedagogical effectiveness of interactive graphics, evidence-based infusion of programming into science education, improving the accessibility of technology for people with disabilities and user experience. Kyle has a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, where his dissertation was on utilizing weak quantum measurements to protect quantum systems from information loss during quantum computing.

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 2017

Paul-Jean Letourneau

Paul-Jean Letourneau attended the NKS Summer School 2004, where he completed a pure NKS project on elementary cellular automata with memory. He has been an instructor at the Summer School since 2005. His 2004 project developed into his master's thesis in theoretical physics, "Statistical Mechanics of Cellular Automata with Memory." He has worked in several industrial and academic laboratories around North America, where he made original contributions to real-world problems in medical imaging, geophysical seismic imaging, protein structure prediction and DNA-protein interactions. Paul-Jean is now lead developer of computational biology for Wolfram|Alpha.

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 2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005

Frederico Meinberg

Frederico Meinberg was born in Brazil and did his studies at Freiburg University, Germany, from which he holds a master's degree in romance philology. His primary field of research was linguistic typology, the study of the variety among grammatical structures across the world's languages. He also has interests in computer science, economics and the philosophy of science. Fred attended the first NKS Summer School, in 2003, where he completed a project in pure NKS investigating the properties of symbolic systems. After he finished his MA, Fred joined Wolfram Research as an R&D fellow, and he served as a research associate at the organization's Boston Special Projects Office.

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 2007  |  2005

Katarina Miljkovic

Katarina Miljkovic has written for symphony orchestra, string orchestra and various other groupings, including works for amplified solo instruments and electronics, saxophone quartet, electric guitar and percussion. Ms. Miljkovic has been exploring the relationship of music, science and nature. This initially led her to the Benoit Mandelbrot essay "The Fractal Geometry of Nature". The study resulted in her cycle, "Forest", for two prepared pianos and percussion, released by Sachimay Records. Currently, Ms. Miljkovic is working on mapping elementary rules from A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram to sound. She presented her exploration in this new field at the NKS international conferences in 2004, 2006, and 2007; NKS Summer School 2004 and 2009; the 2005 Wolfram Technology Conference; soundaXis 2006 in Toronto; the 2007 International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, held in Berlin; and Cambridge Science Festival, 2009 and 2010. Katarina Miljkovic established her carrier as a composer in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia. In 1992, she moved to Boston for doctoral studies in music composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. Currently, Katarina Miljkovic is a full-time faculty member at New England Conservatory of Music, where she has been teaching since 1997.

YEARS:

 2011

Hernan Moraldo

Hernan Moraldo is a developer in Wolfram|Alpha's Advanced R&D Group (ARG). Within Wolfram|Alpha, he worked on many projects related to parsing and data processing (also including some managing, briefly). Previously, he worked for a number of years in the computer games industry, and was a cofounder and member of the board of the Argentine Game Developers Association (ADVA in Spanish). He taught courses on computer game development and on artificial intelligence for games at Universidad Maimónides, Instituto Image Campus and Escuela Da Vinci.

Hernan is greatly passionate about technology and innovation; he's especially interested in different forms of automation (based on automatic data processing and analysis, language, vision, robotics, etc.). He lived most of his life in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is now living in Bariloche, Argentina.

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 2014  |  2012

Ed Pegg Jr.

Ed Pegg Jr. was a research assistant to Stephen Wolfram during the production of A New Kind of Science and helped with topics ranging from bismuth crystals and leaves to Diophantine equations and CA constructions. Prior to this, Ed received a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado. He is a full-time employee of Wolfram Research, primarily involved in work on MathWorld and the Wolfram Library Archive. In his spare time, he works on mathpuzzle.com and is a columnist for the Mathematical Association of America.

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 2005  |  2004  |  2003

Richard Phillips

Richard Phillips was a student at the first NKS Summer School in 2003. He joined Wolfram Research after that, and since then he has worked on NKS- and Mathematica-related projects. During his formal education he received a BA in physics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in computer science at Bristol University building a system for Mobile Software.

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YEARS:

 2006

David Reiss

David Reiss has been involved with Mathematica in one way or another since before it was born. As a graduate student at Caltech, another new grad student introduced him and others to Macsyma, which they used by connecting a 300-baud modem on a dial-up line via the ARPANET to a PDP-11 at MIT. With his thesis done in theoretical physics, he then went on an adventure-filled path through several postdocs, a government R&D laboratory, assorted other companies, some startups, working for that other grad student as his scientific communication director for A New Kind of Science and, these days, doing a variety of consulting work mainly using Mathematica. His approach to doing science is to plead ignorance about whatever problem is posed to him and then just dive in. Mathematica is his ideal tool for this. He lives in the Boston area and has a parrot with a very limited vocabulary and a college-age daughter with a vast vocabulary. His is somewhere in between.

YEARS:

 2014  |  2006

Eric Rowland

Eric Rowland is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Hofstra University. He received his PhD from Rutgers University and held postdoctoral positions in the US, Canada and Belgium. He has coauthored over 30 research papers on topics in number theory, combinatorics and theoretical computer science, including several concerning cellular automata. In 2008 he proved that a simple recurrence discovered at the Summer School generates primes. He also develops mathematics content for Wolfram|Alpha.

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 2016  |  2015  |  2012  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007

Xavier Roy

Xavier Roy holds a PhD in theoretical cosmology. During his academic research, he developed several mathematical models, algorithms and numerical simulations to describe and study perturbations in cosmology and the evolution of the universe. He focused in particular on problems related to dark matter and dark energy.

He joined Wolfram Research in January 2015, where he has worked since as a consultant in the Algorithms R&D department.

YEARS:

 2017

Matteo Salvarezza

Matteo Salvarezza joined Wolfram Research in 2016 after attending the Wolfram Summer School. Shortly before that, he earned a PhD in theoretical particle physics (performing research on electroweak physics beyond the Standard Model) at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," Italy.

At Wolfram Research, he is part of the machine learning group and works on developing tools and applications for the Wolfram Language, with a particular focus on neural networks.

His most important personal interest is, by far, music—he has been playing guitar, keenly listening and composing music for the last 14 years.

YEARS:

 2017

Michael Schreiber

Michael Schreiber received his PhD from Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) for his dissertation on support systems for university development. He has consulted for various organizations and taught marketing at WU. Throughout his career he has made many and various contributions to art events and systems conferences in Europe. For the last several years he has engaged in NKS research using Mathematica. He has authored more than 350 Demonstrations.

YEARS:

 2009  |  2008  |  2006

Matthew Szudzik

Matthew Szudzik made significant contributions to A New Kind of Science from 1998 through 2000 and during the summer of 2001 as a research assistant to Stephen Wolfram. His work focused primarily on the analysis of simple programs and on the theoretical foundations of computational mathematics. He holds a PhD in mathematical logic from Carnegie Mellon University. Matthew Szudzik has also worked as a special lecturer and as an assistant teaching professor of mathematics at Carnegie Mellon's campuses in Pennsylvania and Qatar.

Presentations

YEARS:

 2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005  |  2004  |  2003

Øyvind Tafjord

Øyvind Tafjord has been working on various aspects of A New Kind of Science since 2001, touching on a wide range of topics from details of theoretical physics to technical book-production issues. He is also interested in the general development of Mathematica. His educational background consists of a degree in physics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (1994) and a PhD from Princeton University (1999), working on string theory as a possible framework for a unified theory of gravitation and quantum mechanics. He also spent two years as a postdoc at McGill University before coming to Wolfram Research.

Presentations

YEARS:

 2005  |  2003

Timothée Verdier

Timothée Verdier graduated from the École Polytechnique and then obtained a PhD in biophysics at ENS Lyon, where he studied the physics of virus self-assembly and super-resolution imaging. Currently, he is a developer for the machine learning group at Wolfram Research, where he works on developing machine learning functionalities for the Wolfram Language, with a particular interest in neural networks and natural language processing. He is an outdoor and mountain-stuff lover who goes hiking, climbing or ski-touring whenever he has the opportunity...

YEARS:

 2017

Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams is a senior computable data architect with the Wolfram|Alpha team. He received a PhD in theoretical low-temperature atomic physics from the University of Colorado in 1999. Before joining the Wolfram team, Jamie was a scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, investigating nonequilibrium dynamics and quantum computing in ultracold atomic systems. He first encountered the ideas in NKS in 2002 while researching a project on entanglement dynamics in quantum cellular automata. He is interested in the deployment of NKS-based approaches for solving real-world problems in physics, as well as the application of NKS methodology in the architecture of computational knowledge systems.

YEARS:

 2010  |  2009  |  2007

Christopher Wolfram

Christopher Wolfram is a full-stack programmer and algorithm developer who has been programming in the Wolfram Language since a young age. He has been the lead developer for several built-in Wolfram Language functions (including Nearest and Encrypt), as well as for Tweet-a-Program and several of his own apps. He has presented at SXSW, Maker Faire, livecoding.tv and other venues on topics such as machine learning, data science and IoT programming. Christopher enjoys 3D modeling, Haskell, Swift, history, tennis and traveling. He has been a mentor in the Wolfram Summer Programs for five years.

YEARS:

  2017  |  2016

Enrique Zeleny

Enrique Zeleny is a physicist from the Autonomous University of Puebla with a master's degree in quantum cosmology. He attended the NKS Summer School 2005, with a project about causal networks generated by Turing machines. He researched recursive sequences and Turing machines and prepared artwork for the NKS Conferences in 2006 and 2007. Currently, he contributes actively to the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, with nearly a hundred Demonstrations in a variety of subjects from designs for neckties and stalactites formation to chaos in black holes, including some research in NKS systems.

YEARS:

 2008

Hector Zenil

Hector Zenil joined Wolfram Research as an R&D fellow in 2006. He graduated with a BS in math from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and with a master's degree in logic (LoPhiSS) from the Sorbonne. He is a graduate student at Lille 1 and Paris 1 universities in computer science and philosophy of science, both on algorithmic complexity and randomness. He has been an intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and is a senior research associate for the Wolfram|Alpha project.

YEARS:

 2014  |  2013  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007

Teaching Assistants

Valentina Biagini

Valentina Biagini is a data science consultant who provides support in the whole analytic process, from business understanding to data understanding, developing descriptive and predictive analytics projects. She enjoys tackling all kinds of problems and finds new challenges exciting. She obtained a master's degree in theoretical physics at the University of Rome "La Sapienza," in her hometown. For her thesis, "Inference of Local Topology of Wikipedia from Visits Time Series," she used inference methods based on stationarity approximations, programmed in the Wolfram Language. During her studies, she developed a great interest in statistical mechanics, stochastic processes, graph theory, networks and complex systems. She studied and worked on developing algorithms on graphs to extract meaningful information from real systems. In July 2013, she attended the Wolfram Summer School as a student. Since then, Mathematica has been her tool of choice. She loves traveling, analog photography and wandering in foreign cities.

YEARS:

 2017

Robert Nachbar

Robert Nachbar is a project director in Wolfram Solutions, the consulting arm of Wolfram Research, where he both leads technical teams and develops custom applications for clients with Wolfram technologies. He joined Solutions in 2014 after retiring from the pharmaceutical industry, where he used Mathematica and other Wolfram technologies for drug design, data analysis and clinical research. He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Brown University, and received the Wolfram Innovator Award in 2012. His research and computational interests include chemistry, biology, discrete mathematics, optimization, simulation and interactive visualization. He has been a frequent presenter at Wolfram Technology Conferences, most recently on genealogy.

YEARS:

 2016

Michael Sollami

Michael Sollami spends much of his time studying the intersection of pure math and computational systems. After graduating from Trinity College in 2006 with a BS in computer science, Michael headed the quantitative department at the global hedge fund Warisan Capital. Michael eventually returned to academics, and he graduated in 2009 with an MS in pure mathematics. Following a research programming job at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Michael enrolled as a doctoral candidate in the mathematics department at the University of Wyoming. He is currently working toward a PhD in computational discrete mathematics. In 2010, he interned at Wolfram Research as a research associate for the Wolfram|Alpha project and also participated in the NKS Summer School in Burlington, Vermont. Since that most inspirational year, he has continued NKS-driven research in graph theory, algebraic combinatoric and theoretical computer science. Aside from coding and proofs, Michael enjoys dabbling in piano composition, graphic design and poetry.

YEARS:

 2011

Teja Vodlak

Teja Vodlak is a PhD student at Swansea University, United Kingdom, and a Marie Curie fellow on the Prototouch ITN project, with a background in applied mathematics.

Currently, her research interests focus mostly on computer modeling of human touch, namely the modeling of tactile content by employing multi-scale, multi-physics simulations in order to bridge the gap between mechanical stimulation and spike generation for the virtual prototyping and optimization of tactile displays.

She is an alum of the 2015 Wolfram Summer School.

YEARS:

 2016

Administrative Support

Andrea Griffin

Program Coordinator

After attending the Wolfram Summer School in 2016, Andrea joined Wolfram Research as the Special Projects department's office administrator. She received a bachelor of arts in applied physics with minors in mathematics and secondary education from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2014 and a master of science in computer science from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 2016. Andrea has spent several years teaching students from young to old in a wide variety of subjects and in many settings. When she is not managing the office, Andrea spends her time at Wolfram utilizing her background to contribute to education-based efforts in the Special Projects department.

YEARS:

 2017

Alison Kimball

Program Coordinator

Alison Kimball has a bachelor's degree from Bates College where she majored in mathematics and religious studies. She's been at Wolfram for about a year now as the program coordinator in the Special Projects department. One of her favorite parts of her job is teaching Wolfram Language coding classes in the Boston area. In her spare time, Alison enjoys skiing and playing tennis.

YEARS:

 2017  |  2016

Swede White

Public Relations

Swede White is a media and communications specialist at Wolfram Research. Prior to being recruited by Wolfram Research, Swede was a doctoral student in sociology at Louisiana State University and left "all but dissertation." However, he still conducts research centering around identity, networks and methodology. Specifically, he examines the relationship between identity formation, digital technologies and social networks. ​

Prior to graduate school, Swede worked in public media, waited tables at a quaint Italian restaurant, owned a commercial recording studio and spent time in the family business supervising asbestos abatement projects. ​

When not writing about himself in the third person, Swede enjoys great conversation, cooking Southern cuisine as a pretend vegetarian, studying human interaction and old James Bond movies.

YEARS:

 2017