David H. Wolpert
Santa Fe Institute & CSH External Faculty
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.
F. Tasnim, D.H. Wolpert
Stochastic Thermodynamics of Multiple Co-Evolving Systems—Beyond Multipartite Processes
Entropy 25(7) (2023) 1078
D. H. Wolpert
Combining lower bounds on entropy production in complex systems with multiple interacting components
In: Freeden, Willi; Nashed, M. Zuhair, Frontiers in Entropy Across the Disciplines, 405-453 (2022)
A. Kolchinsky, et al.
Dependence of integrated, instantaneous, and fluctuating entropy production on the initial state in quantum and classical processes
Physical Review E 104 (2021) 054107
D. Wolpert, D. Kinney
Noisy Deductive Reasoning: How Humans Construct Math, and How Math Constructs Universes
in: A. Aguirre et al. (eds), Undecidability, Uncomputability and Unpredictability, Springer Cham 2021, 147-167
Uncertainty relations and fluctuation theorems for Bayes nets
Physical Review Letters 125 (2020) 200602