Douglas Mason

  • Program Years: 2008-2012
  • Academic Institution: Harvard University
  • Field of Study: Physics
  • Academic Advisor: Eric Heller
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2009)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Physics, Harvard
    B.S. Physics, B.A. Music, University of Southern California, 2006

Current Status

  • Research Area: Physics
  • Personal URL:
  • Publications

    “Understanding Communities via Hashtag Engagement: A Clustering Based Approach,” Orianna DeMasi, Douglas Mason, Jeff Ma. ICWSM 2016. AAAI link: | PDF (1.4 MB)

    “Revealing the flux: Using processed Husimi maps to visualize dynamics of bound systems and mesoscopic transport,” D. J. Mason, M. F. Borunda, and E. J. Heller, Phys. Rev. B 91, 165405 (2015). APS link: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.165405 | PDF (6 MB).

    “Semiclassical deconstruction of quantum states in graphene,” D. J. Mason, M. F. Borunda, and E. J. Heller, Phys. Rev. B 88, 165421 (2013). APS link: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.165421 | PDF (7 MB).

    “Analytical Methods in Mesoscopic Systems”, Douglas J. Mason, Physics PhD Thesis, Harvard University (2013) | PDF.

    “Husimi Maps in Lattices”, Douglas J. Mason, Mario F. Borunda, Eric J. Heller, arXiv link: arXiv:1206.1013 (2012)

    “Quantum Flux and Reverse Engineering of Quantum Wavefunctions”, D. J. Mason, M. F. Borunda, and E. J. Heller, EPL 102,60005 (2013). IOP doi link: 10.1209/0295-5075/102/60005 | PDF (915 KB).

    “Algorithm for efficient elastic transport calculations for arbitrary device geometries”, D. Mason, D. Prendergast, J. Neaton, E. Heller, Phys. Rev. B, 84, 155401 (2011). APS link: 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.155401

    “Threshold for Chaos and Thermalization in One-Dimensional Mean-Field Bose-Hubbard Model”, A. Cassidy, D. Mason, V. Dunjko, M. Olshanii, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 025302 (2009). APS link: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.025302

    “Flares, Magnetic Fields, and Subsurface Vorticity: A Survey of GONG and MDI Data”, D. Mason, R. Komm, F. Hill, R. Howe, D. Haber, and B.W. Hindman, The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 645, Issue 2, pp. 1543-1553 (2006). IOP link: 0004-637X/645/2/1543/


    Timeline Visualization of Semantic Content, Douglas J. Mason, SIGGRAPH Asia 2015, Kobe Japan

    Machine Learning for Internal Product Measurement, Douglas J. Mason, UseR! 2015, Aalborg, Denmark

    What Works and What Doesn’t: Using Crowd-Sourcing to Understand What Makes Tweets Engaging, Douglas J. Mason, DataWeek, October 2013

    The Beatles Genome Project: Cluster Analysis and Visualization of Popular Music, Douglas J. Mason, VisWeek, October 2012

    Automatic Lead-Sheet Visualization for Musical Study, Douglas J. Mason, SIGGRAPH September 2012

    A Semi Classical Interpretation of Probability Flux, Douglas J. Mason, Istanbul University, May 2012

    Douglas Mason on Musical Informatics video of my presentation at the Boston Chapter Quantified Self Meetup


    George Michael Memorial High Performance Computing Fellowship (Fall 2008)

    NSF Graduate Research Fellow (NSF, Fall 2007-present)

    Renaissance Scholarship (USC, Fall 2007, a $10,000 gift given to the top ten graduating students from USC who have majored/minored in disparate areas, intended for graduate school costs)

    Joan Metcalf Schaeffer Scholarship (USC, Fall 2006, covers tuition and expenses for study abroad)

    Charles Lick Scholarship (Department of Physics and Astronomy, USC, Spring 2004-Spring 2006)

    Presidential Scholarship (USC, Fall 2002-Spring 2006, top scholarship given to undergraduates, covers tuition)

    Resident Honors Program (this program permits advanced high school seniors to study at USC and enrolls them in honors courses)

    Merit Research Scholar (Department of Physics and Astronomy, USC, August 2004-May 2006)

    National Merit Scholar

    Phi Kappa Lambda (for students earning top 10% grades in the music school)

    WebFest 2004 Top Honors for Journalis