Melanie Moses


Phone: 505.277.9140
Fax: 505.277.6927

Physical Address

Room 3350
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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Department of Computer Science

Associate Professor

Department of Biology

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Biology, University of New Mexico, 2005

BS, Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 1993


We live in a complex world. From the spread of disease in increasingly interconnected human populations to the impact of fossil-fueled economies on global climate, the greatest challenges in modern science and engineering require understanding complex systems, what makes them efficient and resilient, and why they fail. My lab studies complex biological systems including the adaptive immune system and ant colonies. I use this understanding to design efficient, robust, adaptive and scalable engineered systems, including autonomous robots that mimic ant behaviors to collect resources cooperatively.

Teaching Interests

  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Biological Modeling
  • Biologically Inspired Computation

Research Interests

  • Complex adaptive systems
  • Computational immunology
  • Biologically inspired computation
  • Swarm robotics

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