Nick Cheney

Hi, I'm Nick Cheney!


I'm a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont

I direct the UVM Neurobotics Lab, an interdisciplinary group of thinkers and do-ers who draw inspiration from biological systems to design machine learning algorithms for artificial neural networks. We focus on creating more flexible, scalable, and context-aware robots and decision-making systems through a variety of techniques like deep learning, reinforcement learning, evolutionary adaptation, development, and meta-learning.

In addition to our role as an algorithm factory, our lab also connects with researchers and practitioners from various fields to apply machine learning and data science to make a positive impact on our society. Among our many great partners in this pursuit is the UVM Social-Ecological Gaming and Simulation Lab.

Though I thoroughly enjoy being an interdisciplinary being, I am glad to have found a home in the Vermont Complex Systems Center. My path to get here was incredibly fun and highlights my wide variety of academic interests and passion for bringing them together, most notably during a PhD in Computational Biology and Biological Statistics at Cornell, advised by Hod Lipson & Steve Strogatz.

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