Published Academic Papers
In these two papers, I studied a simple model of the phenomenon of bunching that occurs when one bus (or train) falls behind schedule, picks up more passengers, and becomes even later, while the bus behind has fewer passengers to pick up and so runs faster. The work was a combination of modelling, analytical calculations, and simulations written in C.
As a post-doc at Northeastern University, I collaborated with a Biology group on the motions of larval zebrafish. I played a largely supporting role, constructing a visual simulation of a simple model of the fish’s motion in Tcl/Tk, and contributing several figures to the 2005 paper.
My doctoral research at the University of Chicago involved the study of a hydrodynamic model of granular materials such as sand, which can behave as both a solid or a liquid at various times. The research involved running multi-day calculations in C, analysis of large data files, and generation of the figures shown in the papers, some (e.g. Fig.5–6 in the 2003 paper) generated directly in Postscript.
As an undergraduate, my advisor and I derived a formula for the entanglement of formation of a pair of bits. My part of the task was running gradient descent calculations in Mathematica on multiple computers in the physics lab at night.