Richard K Darst

Information

  • Former student of chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics.
  • Current network scientist.
  • Future data analyst, developer, entrepreneur.
  • Email
    • (my three initials)@zgib.net
    • echo rk`echo "q@mtvo.a" | tr "n-za-m" "a-mn-z"`et
    • echo 'scale=281 ; sqrt(2)' | bc -l | tr 0123456789 gkrbdztein | sed 's/b\(...\)\(....\)\(...\)/\1@\2.\3/' | tail -1
  • pgp
    • key-id 0xBD356740
    • fingerprint A4B2 B20C 7D93 874E D38B 0109 6607 8F84 BD35 6740
  • irc darst on irc.oftc.net
  • phone
    • From FI: "0"+str(cuberoot(103052425455554120909886691))
    • International: "+"+str(cuberoot(45882712))+str(cuberoot(103052425455554120909886691))
  • VoIP: by request
  • bitcoin
    • 1xdP8mfcCWwAxNWztD7FL4Qf8KSXoP7MC (QR) (please check with me before sending)
  • people-i-know
    • Ana -- Debian
    • Carlos -- UT-Austin
    • John -- UT grad student/Rossky Group/ChE
    • Mike -- High school/UT/Physics

About

I'm currently a postdoc at in the Complex Networks group in the Department of Biometical Engineering and Computer Science, Aalto University, Finland. I took this job to expand my skills from the theory of my previous physics work to more applied fields. My specialty is Community Detection, the understanding and search of structure within networks.

Previously, I was a graduate student (Ph.D., Chemical Physics) at Columbia University, in the group of David Reichman, in the general field of chemical physics. In particular, I studied the theoretical basis of the glass transition. During this time, I got interested in applying community detection to my glass problems, eventually leading to my transition to a network scientist.

Before that, I was an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin (B.S., Chemistry) where I researched solvation and statistical mechanics under Peter Rossky, a theoretical chemist. I began my undergraduate studies as a chemical engineer, but switched to chemistry to be able to focus on more theory and advanced math and physics.

Stuff

A comic I wrote years ago. It started off making fun of academic life (as researchers), then made fun of academics in general, then expanded to satire of anything in life. It's not been updated for a while now.
The wiki where I (along with my friends) document anything suitable for wiki form, especially lots of computer-related tips and notes.
While I was in classes, I tried to write all of my notes clearly and scan them. This directory archives all of them, unfortunately, the numbers are mostly meaningless to anyone not at those universities.
  • Code: git, git (work - see me and Complex Networks group projects), darcs (old),
My (public) code repositories.