Hello! My name is Alyx Burns

I am a third year Ph.D. student in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

I am broadly interested in the ways that technology can be used to communicate complex data to the public so that people can better understand what is going on in their community and the broader world.

I am currently a part of the Digital Civics lab lead by Professor Narges Mahyar.


Ph.D. in Computer Science

University of Massachusetts Amherst

In Progress

M.S. in Computer Science

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Expected Fall 2019

B.A. in Computer Science

Mount Holyoke College



Introduction to Computational Problem Solving: ‘Big Data’

What’s in the box?: How computers work

Introduction to Programming with Python

Circuits, Robotics, and Arduino

Make: Physical Computing

Recent Publications

We present theoretical and experimental results on the application of acyclic persistent leader-follower formations with redundancy to …

A multi-robot formation composed of autonomous agents may need to maintain an overall rigid shape for tasks such as collective …