Scott Emmons

  • Program Year: 1
  • Academic Institution: University of California, Berkeley
  • Field of Study: Computer Science
  • Academic Advisor: Stuart Russell
  • Practicum(s): Practicum Not Yet Completed
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Mathematics, and B.A. Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019
  • Personal URL: http://scottemmons.com/

Summary of Research

In addition to creating new algorithms, Scott has aspired to connect algorithms’ underlying mathematics and computer science to the goals of their users. His research on unsupervised learning in network science and artificial intelligence in robotics has studied how to measure, compare, and post-process the results of community detection algorithms; how to visualize massively open online course data for its relevant users; and how to guide algorithms’ optimization with desired user properties.

Publications

SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION

- Eun Lee, Scott Emmons, Ryan Gibson, James Moody, & Peter J. Mucha: "A Map Equation with Metadata: Varying the Role of Attributes in Community Detection." SUBMITTED, 2019.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

- Scott Emmons & Peter J. Mucha: "A Map Equation with Metadata: Varying the Role of Attributes in Community Detection." Physical Review E, 2019.

- Kris Hauser & Scott Emmons: "Global Redundancy Resolution via Continuous Pseudoinversion of the Forward Kinematic Map." IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, 2018.

- Scott Emmons, Robert Light, & Katy Borner: "MOOC Visual Analytics: Empowering Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Platform Developers of Massively Open Online Courses." Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 2017.

- William H. Weir, Scott Emmons, Ryan Gibson, Dane Taylor, & Peter J. Mucha: "Post-Processing Partitions to Identify Domains of Modularity Optimization." Algorithms, 2017.

- Scott Emmons, Mike Gallant, Stephen Kobourov, & Katy Borner: "Analysis of Network Clustering Algorithms and Cluster Quality Metrics at Scale." PLoS ONE, 2016.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS
- Scott Emmons, Robert Light, & Katy Borner: "MOOC Visual Analytics: Empowering Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Platform Developers of Massively Open Online Courses." Interactive Intelligent Systems Open House. Bloomington, IN, 2015. Best Presentation Award.

- Scott Emmons, Robert Light, & Katy Borner: "MOOC Visual Analytics." Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center Open House. Bloomington, IN, 2014.

- Scott Emmons: "Mapping the Consumer Product Space." Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center Open House. Bloomington, IN, 2013.

Awards

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program ($250,000). 2015 - 2019.
- Highly selective undergraduate merit scholarship providing unique dual citizenship at UNC and Duke.

Goldwater Scholar ($15,000). 2017 - 2019.
- Awarded to 300 students in the U.S. per year for natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering research.

Archibald Henderson Medal. 2019.
- "A gold medal given annually to the undergraduate judged by [UNC's] Department of Mathematics to have demonstrated a high degree of mathematical ability and the greatest promise of originality in the field."

Alfred Brauer Prize. 2018.
- Annual award granted by UNC's Department of Mathematics "to the undergraduate who has demonstrated the greatest ability and promise for achievement in the fields of algebra or number theory."