LyCoS: Lycoming Complex Systems Research Group

The Principle Investigator, Dr. Christopher Kulp

Dr. Kulp is the PI for LyCoS. He earned his Ph.D. from The College of William & Mary in 2004. His dissertation dealt with the control of nonlinear systems. In 2006, Dr. Kulp's research interests changed to nonlinear time series analysis. His main focus has been on the characterization of time series and working with irregularly sampled time series. Dr. Kulp has worked on applications of time series analysis to many different fields including astrophysics, biology, combustion, and music theory. Currently, Dr. Kulp's primary research interests are in modeling complex systems and machine learning.

Student Researchers

The 2013-2014 LyCoS members are (from left to right): David Kenward, Sam Rhodes, Chris Liefeld, Brandon Niskala, Jeremy Chobot, Taylor Modica, and Dan Zebrine.

Current Projects

The group is currenlty working on four projects. Each project is led by a senior student (or two).

  1. Developing Mathematical Models of Combustion
    • Researchers: Kenward (lead), Liefeld (lead), and Zebrine
    • The goal of this project focuses on creating simple mathematical models of combution using time series measured from video recordings of flames. This project is done in collaboration with Dr. C. Stuart Daw and Dr. Charles Finney from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  2. Detecting Bifurcations in Time Series Data
    • Researchers: Rhodes (lead), Kenward (lead), and Niskala
    • THe goal of this project focuses on using the algorithmic complexity to detect bifurcations in systems
  3. Understanding How Exoplanets are Discovered
    • Researchers: Modica (lead) and Chobot
    • The goal of this project focuses on understanding how data from the Kepler Space Telescope is used to discover new exoplanets
  4. Characterization of Irregularly Sampled Time Series
    • The goal of this project focuses on detecting chaos in irregularly sampled time series data. Dr. Kulp is working on this project in collaboration with Dr. Luciano Zanino from the Universidad Nacional de la Plata.

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Dr. Kulp doing research
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