LyCoS: The LYcoming COmplex Systems Research Group

The LyCoS group is a research group within the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Lycoming College. Our main research interests are in nonlinear dynamics and, in particular, nonlinear time series analysis.

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.

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
  2. Detecting Bifurcations in Time Series Data
  3. Understanding How Exoplanets are Discovered
  4. Characterization of Irregularly Sampled Time Series