[robotics-worldwide] PhD openings at the University of Vermont

Josh Bongard jbongard at uvm.edu
Thu Mar 20 11:07:04 PDT 2008

Forwarded by Josh Bongard
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Graduate Assistantships for the study of Complex Systems at The  
University of Vermont

Are you an integrative thinker who wants to develop and apply cutting  
edge approaches for understanding the complex natural, social, and/or  
engineered systems that are central to tackling today's most pressing  
problems? Here is an opportunity to research those problems in  
Burlington, Vermont - one of the most beautiful places in the country  
to live and work

The Complex Systems Center in the College of Engineering &  
Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) at the University of Vermont is excited  
to announce the availability of new graduate research assistantships  
in support of our interdisciplinary emphasis in complex systems  
analysis and engineering. These highly competitive and prestigious  
assistantships carry a stipend of $30,000 per year, in addition to  
tuition and health insurance benefits.

We seek to support innovative and forward-thinking doctoral students  
who will conduct transformative, high-impact research in theory,  
methodology, and/or applications of complex systems science and  
engineering. Recipients will matriculate into doctoral programs in  
Computer Science, Mathematics, Materials Science, or Engineering  
(Civil, Environmental, Electrical, or Mechanical) and and study with  
faculty who are at the forefront of interdisciplinary research in  
complex systems. Some examples of exciting ongoing projects include  
creating resilient autonomous robots through cognitive self-modeling,  
improving forecasts in chaotic weather systems, understanding the  
spread of ideas and influence in complex social networks, developing  
and applying hierarchical artificial neural networks for multi-scale  
environmental modeling, developing a multi-scale agent-based model of  
the complex transportation energy market, studying complexity and  
sensitivity in an agent-based transportation model coupled with a  
model of land use change, studying emergent evolutionary and  
population dynamics in spatially structured ecosystems, developing  
novel evolutionary computational approaches for understanding the  
genetic causes of complex diseases, and designing multi-agent control  
methods for mitigating the negative effects of cascading failures in  
power networks. Applicants need not restrict their proposed interests  
to existing projects, but are advised to identify and contact  
potential advisor(s) with whom they would like to work. For more  
information on our complex systems activities and how to apply, please  


Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont is considered a public ivy  
and is consistently ranked as one of the top public universities in  
the United States. The University is located in Burlington, Vermont,  
rated as one of the best small city in America, and enjoys a panoramic  
setting on the shores of Lake Champlain bordered by the Adirondack and  
Green Mountains. Roughly 150,000 people, from increasingly diverse  
cultural backgrounds, live in the greater Burlington area. The  
University encourages applicants who can contribute to the diversity  
and excellence of the academic community

Complex Systems Center
Achieving insight, innovative design, and informed decision-making  
through systems thinking

Founded in 1791

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