- Fulbright Award (2016)
Luis M. Rocha received a PhD in Systems Science and Computer Science from State University of New York in 1997. He earned a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 and a master's in System's Engineering in 1990.
He is Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he is director of the NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training Program in Complex Networks and Systems, director of the Complex Networks and Systems track of the Informatics PhD Program, member of the Indiana University Networks Institute, and core faculty of the Cognitive Science Program. Dr. Rocha is a Fulbright Scholar and is Principal Investigator at the Instituto Gulbenkian da Ciencia, Portugal, and Visiting Professor of the Neuroscience Program, at the Champalimaud Foundation in Portugal, and the Center for Theoretical Physics at the Aix-Marseille University, France. His research is on complex networks & systems, computational & systems biology, and computational intelligence.
From 1998 to 2004 he was a staff scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he founded and led a Complex Systems Modeling Team during 1998-2002, and was part of the Santa Fe Institute research community. Rocha has organized major conferences in the field such as the Tenth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (Alife X) and the Ninth European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2007). He has published many articles in scientific and technology journals, and has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards. At Indiana University, he was the recipient of the Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing, Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006 and 2015 after developing the complex systems training program and syllabi for several courses.