Alyx Burns

PhD Student, College of Information and Computer Sciences,
University of Massachusetts Amherst . alyxanderbur at cs dot umass dot edu

I am a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the HCI-VIS Lab working with Narges Mahyar.

I am interested in making data accessible to the general public by studying how data visualization techniques help (and hurt) interest, engagement, and understanding. Previously, I worked on the application of graph theory to the control of multi-robot formations.

You can find my CV here.


Education

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ph.D. in Computer Science
In Progress

University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.S. in Computer Science
Feb 2020

Mount Holyoke College

B.A. - Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science
May 2017

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record:

  • Introduction to Computational Problem Solving: ‘Big Data’

    Spring 2020, Mount Holyoke College

  • Introduction to Programming

    Summer 2020, Pre-College, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Circuits, Robotics, and Arduino

    Summer 2019, Pre-College, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Teaching Assistant:

  • What’s in the box?: How computers work

    Fall 2017 - 2019, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Introduction to Programming with Python

    Spring 2019, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Make: Physical Computing

    Spring 2018, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Publications

  • Redundant Persistent Acyclic Formations for Vision-Based Control of Distributed Multi-Agent Formations

    Alyxander Burns, Peter Klemperer, Jaemarie Solyst, Audrey St. John.
    Proceedings of the 31st Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry (CCCG 2019), 2019. 29-35.

  • Persistent multi-robot formations with redundancy

    Alyxander Burns, Bernd Schulze, Audrey St. John.
    Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems, 2018. 133-146.