Matthew Fricke


Phone: 505-277-2048

Physical Address

Room 3330
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Research Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Computer Science, University of New Mexico

MS, Computer Science, University of New Mexico

BS, Math, University of New Mexico

BA, Anthropology, Appalachian State University


Matthew Fricke studies spatial search in engineered and living swarms. This includes strategies employed by ants (Pogonomyrmex sp.), cells in the immune system, and robot swarms. Creating artificial swarms that search efficiently informs our understanding of how biological swarms work and vice versa. He is the technical lead for the NASA Swarmathon ( competition which works with underserved universities and colleges to develop resource gathering algorithms using robots for planetary exploration. His current research includes autonomous volcano and archeological surveying by UAV swarms at Valles Caldera and Chaco Canyon. Matthew and his wife Suzanne Fricke, who is an art historian and curator, have four boys: Henry, Leo, Owen, and Tristan. 

Teaching Interests

  • Complex Systems
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Overcoming math fear through programming

Research Interests

  • Computational Biology
  • Swarm Robotics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Complex Systems