Welcome to Polymatheia

towersI am an academic with a diverse background in mathematical and computational dynamical modeling, data mining, applied statistics, visual analytics, machine learning, advanced quantitative methods, and high performance computing.  I work on a broad array of research topics, including applied modeling in the social and life sciences, with over 360 publications on a wide variety of topics. My unique trans-disciplinary skill set enables me to examine a wide range of research questions that are often of broad interest and importance to policy makers and the general public.

Several of my publications in computational epidemiology have received widespread attention, including forecasts for the progression of the 2009 influenza pandemic, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Both analyses correctly forecast the progression of the epidemics, and my forecast for the 2009 pandemic was discussed in a special US Senate meeting on October 23, 2009 H1N1 Flu: Monitoring the Nation’s response.

My work in the computational social sciences has also been high impact in academia, including an analysis of how media can incite panic in a population, and how contagion may play a role in the temporal patterns observed in mass killings in the US. The latter work has received extensive ongoing media coverage, including on BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, NPR, Reuters, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Vox, and many other local, national, and international news agencies. The study was also profiled in Season 8, Episode 4 of Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole documentary series on the Discovery Channel in 2017, “Is Gun Crime a Virus?”.

Through my consulting company, Towers Consulting LLC, I also provide consulting services for industry, academia, and the public and private sector in quantitative and predictive analytics, modeling, statistics, and visual analytics.  Prospective clients can contact me at TowersConsultingLLC@gmail.com.

On this website I share information and computational tools related to a wide range of my research topics, including applied statistics, and mathematical and computational modeling methods. This website also includes material related to my lectures and seminars in statistical and computational methods in the life and social sciences.

My CV is available here.