Selected Press



Computational Story Lab


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We are a group of applied mathematicians working on large-scale, system-level problems in many fields including sociology, nonlinear dynamics, networks, ecology, and physics. Learn More.

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    Researchers have quantified what makes us love Harry Potter Washington Post. [Link]
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    Your Instagram feed can tell us if you’re depressed, study suggests. Washington Post. [Link]
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    According to the Words, the News Is Actually Good. New York Times. [Link]
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    Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health. New York Times. [Link]
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    The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I. The Atlantic. [Link]
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    Twitter can tell which states love jogging and which are eating hot dogs. Washington Post. [Link]
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    If you're happy and you know it, write a tweet. MarketPlace Tech. [Link]
  • Group Leads: Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds
    Current Group Members: Eric Clark, Tyler Gray, David Dewhurst, Aaron Schwartz, Ben Emery, John Ring, Michael Arnold, Yu Jiang, Sven McCall, Laura Jennings, Henry Mitchell


Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory


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Can we automatically design increasingly smart robots that will help humans and work alongside them? To do so, we draw on ideas from evolution, crowdsourcing, and neuroscience. Learn More.

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    Robots Evolve More Natural Ways of Walking. Wired.
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    President Obama Honors UVM Robotics Scientist . UVM Press Release. [Link]

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    Reddit Brings a UVM Evolutionary Robotics Class to the World. Vermont's Independent Voice. [Link]
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    Beware Scientists are Creating Machines That Can Evolve on Their Own. Smithsonian Magazine. [Link]
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    Will Your Child Be An Overweight Adult? UVM News. [Link]
  • Group Lead: Josh Bongard
    Group Members: Roman Popov, Anton Bernatskiy, Collin Cappelle, Sam Kriegman, Joshua Powers, Alex Ram, Jack Felag


Laboratory for Structure and Dynamics


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Our research deals with the interaction and coevolution of structure and dynamics. Our focus is on network theory, but also general nonlinear dynamics in structured systems. Examples include social networks interacting with the spread of diseases and ideas, the shape of forests coevolving with forest fires, and the structure of metabolic networks influencing interactions in microbial communities. Learn More.

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    Warmer weather could bring fresh Zika misery. New Scientist. [Link]
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    Going Home Sick? Your Substitute Could Spread Disease More Widely. Smithsonian Smart News. [Link]
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    When Things Go Viral and Everybody Wins. Gizmodo. [Link]
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    Substitute teachers, nurses may further spread illness, study suggests. Fox News.
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    Why Beneficial Epidemics Spread More Quickly than Harmful Ones. MIT Technology Review.
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  • Group Lead: Laurent HeĢbert-Dufresne
    Group Members: Guillaume St-Onge, Brendan Case, Blake Williams


The Energy and Complexity Group


The mission of the energy and complexity group is to understand the complexity of electricity and to use that understanding to make energy systems work better (cleaner, more reliable and less costly) through innovative research. Our group works in close collaboration with the Vermont Complex Systems Center, the UVM Smart Grid IGERT program, and the eEnergy Vermont Smart Grid project. Learn More.

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    10 Years After The Blackout, How Has The Power Grid Changed?. National Public Radio. [Link].
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    What Keeps the Power On?. Science Magazine. [Link]
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    Study: It's hard to bring down the electric grid. U.S. News and World Report. [Link].
  • Group Lead: Paul Hines
    Group Members: Molly Molly Rose Kelly-Gorham, OlaOluwa Akinola, Andrew Klem, Austin Thomas, Bernard Achinda



Bagrow Lab


We are researchers using mathematical modeling, computational methods, and big data to understand and predict the behavior of complex social and technological systems, from team collaborations and activity on social media to power grids, the stock market, and more. Learn More.

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    Language Has a Positivity Bias. How Did We Measure That?. Slate. [Link].
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    Seinfeld, Big Data and Measuring the Internet’s Emotional Landscape. Media Shift.
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    University of Vermont Researchers Hunt Down Hidden Network Nodes with the Help of Eureqa. Nutonian. [Link].
  • Group Lead: James Bagrow
    Group Members: Andrew Becker, Daniel Berenberg, Jeremy Holden, Abigail Hotaling, Ryan Grindle, Brian Colombini, William Cuoco, Beau Duval, Olivea Hurd