James Crutchfield

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Distinguished Professor
Office: 197 Physics Building
Phone: +1 (530) 752-0600
Fax: +1 (530) 754-4885
Email: crutchfield@ucdavis.edu

Personal Professional Website: http://csc.ucdavis.edu/~chaos/

Research Interests:

Nonlinear dynamics, condensed matter physics, physics of computation, evolutionary dynamics, pattern discovery, dynamics of learning, and distributed robotics.

Research Areas

Career History

  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983
  • Postdoc Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1983-1986
  • Visiting Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1982-1994
  • External Associate Professor, Santa Fe Institute, 1990-1997
  • Research Physicist, University of California, Berkeley, 1987-1997
  • Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute, 1997-2004
  • Professor, University of California, Davis, 2004-Present


  • Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Center, Bellagio, Italy, 1999
  • Bernard Osher Foundation Fellow, San Francisco Exploratorium, 1995
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Professor, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1991
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowships: IBM Thomas J. Watson and Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, Physics Department, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
  • University of California Regents Graduate Fellowships, 1980