David H. Wolpert

David Wolpert is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute and adjunct professor at Arizona State University. He is also affiliated with the ICTP in Trieste as a Research Staff Associate as well as the IAS in Princeton as an External Affiliate. His degrees in physics are from Princeton and the University of California.

Before his current position he was the Ulam scholar at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, and before that at NASA Ames Research Center and a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he formed the Collective Intelligence group. He has worked at IBM and a data mining start-up, and is external faculty at numerous international institutions.

David has over 34,000 citations. Most of his papers are in thermodynamics of computation, foundations of physics, dynamics of social organizations, machine learning, game theory, distributed optimization, and molecular biology. In particular his machine learning technique of stacking was instrumental in both winning entries for the Netflix competition. His papers on the no free lunch theorems have over 14,000 citations.

Most of his current research involves two topics: combining recent breakthroughs in nonequilibrium statistical physics with computer science theory to lay the foundations of  a complete theory of the thermodynamics of computation; and modelling social organization (command and communication networks within social groups) using information theory.

David is the author of three books (and co-editor of several more), and over 200 papers. He has three patents. David is an associate editor at over half a dozen journals, has received numerous awards, and is a fellow of the IEEE.

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