UAA's Complex Systems Group is comprised of faculty from a wide spectrum of disciplines
including Art, Physics, Chemistry, Public Policy, Nursing, Biology, Mathematics, Philosophy,
Computer Science, Logistics, Political Science, Psychology, and other disciplines.
Dr. Martin Cenek - Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering. Research interests include
complex systems, cognition, artificial intelligence and artificial life, networks,
machine learning, evolutionary computations, and biologically inspired machines and
computations. He received his PhD from Portland State University in artificial intelligence
and complex systems, working under Dr. Melanie Mitchell on complex problem solving.
Kenrick J. Mock received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis in
March 1996, completing a dissertation entitled "Hybrid Techniques for Intelligent
Information Filtering: Genetic Algorithms, Case-Based Reasoning, and Statistical Approaches."
Dr. Mock's primary research focus is artificial intelligence; other areas of study
include psychology, algorithms and complexity. He is interested in the computational
aspects of agent-based modeling, artificial life, fractals, Lindenmayer Systems, and
models of machine learning and machine intelligence and is currently working on methods
of heuristic search for multi-player games, agent-based techniques to manage email,
and efficient ways to electronically access an Arctic Ice Atlas.
Don E. Spalinger, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Washington
State University. His Master's degree in Wildlife Biology was conferred by the University
of Nevada Reno. His research focuses on the ecology, chemistry, and physiology of
plants and herbivores, and he is particularly interested in the nutritional ecology
of large herbivores in northern ecosystems, including moose, caribou, and black-tailed
deer. Dr. Spalinger's research explores a diversity of topics to understand how habitats
and plant communities influence the survival and productivity of these animals. These
include studies of nutritional qualities of plants, plant defensive chemistry, plant
architecture and its influence on foraging behavior and food intake rate of herbivores,
the digestive physiology of herbivores, foraging behavior, and biological simulation
Charles E. Licka's involvement with the Complex Systems Group at UAA was initially sparked by his dissertation
on Joseph Cornell and the need to integrate his increasing interest in the interplay
between the sciences and visual arts. Known as Sean, he is a Professor of Art History,
and his research into the art of Joseph Cornell began with an exploration of popular
scientific as well as scientific concepts and sources and how he and other artists
incorporated various scientific ideas to visually express their world from the 19th
century through the present-day. As a result, Sean has continued to engage in researching
and developing interdisciplinary pedagogical strategies expressive of those interests.
Currently, his interests address the manner in which artists have engaged in using
complex systems to address ecological issues related to the environment as well as
using complex systems as a visual tool. Sean received his Ph.D. at the University
of Washington in Seattle and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Colorado in
Jim Pantaleone is a Professor of Physics. He received his B.S. in Physics from the University of
Illinois in1979, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University in1985.
His research interests include oscillations in chemical structures, unsteady fluid
forces, oscillations, and the phenomenology of neutrino masses. He is currently working
on a National Science Foundation grant concerning the "Formation of Complex Precipitation