ANN MARIA BELL
Curriculum Vitae
updated September 2002
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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Computational Modeling and Analysis of Complex Hybrid Systems;
Economic Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Multi-agent Systems;
Application of Complex Systems Theory to Public Policy.

 

POSITIONS HELD

Research Scientist, Orbital Sciences

July 2000 - present
on contract in the Astrobiology Division of the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA researching market-based control of advanced life support systems and developing new methods for understanding and measuring the resilience of life support systems.

Consultant, Redefining Progress

June 2000 — December 2001
researched the implications of developments in economic theory on environmental decision making under uncertainty and worked with public policy advocates to understand the economic implications of a precautionary approach to decision making.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California-- Santa Cruz

September 2000 — June 2001
Department of Economics

Research Scientist, Caelum Research

February 1999 - April 2000
on contract in the Information Sciences Division of the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA doing original research in artificial intelligence and learning in multi-agent systems.

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

January 1996 - December 1998
Department of Economics and Business Administration

Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 1990 - June 1993
Department of Economics

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995

Dissertation: Essays in Emergent Economic Structure
Major Advisor: Steven Durlauf
Committee: William A. Brock, Larry Samuelson, Blake LeBaron, David Griffeath

M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993

Complex Systems Summer School of the Santa Fe Institute, June 1993.

Attended courses in Nonlinear Phenomena, Adaptive Evolution on Rugged Landscapes, Self Organized Criticality, and the Computation Paradigm of Complexity. Participated in inter-disciplinary research project with physicists, computer scientists and economists.

B.A., Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Cornell University, May 1987

Honors Thesis: The Role of Education and Class in Earnings Determination: An Empirical Study, advised by Insan Tunali.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of California, Santa Cruz September 2000 — June 2001

Intermediate Macroeconomic s, Fall Quarter 2000, Spring Quarter 2001.

Vanderbilt University, January 1996 - December 1998

Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory, Spring 1998, Fall, Spring 1997, Fall, Spring 1996.
Graduate Macroeconomic Theory, Spring 1998, Spring 1997.
Freshman Seminar with Writing Credit: Market Fundamentals, Fall 1997, Fall 1998.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 1990 - June 1993

American Economic History, Spring 1993; Contemporary Economic Issues, Fall 1992
Principles of Macroeconomics, Spring 1991, Fall 1991, Fall 1990.
Graduate Student Representative to the Teaching Assistant Evaluation Committee,

 

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Papers

"Coordination Failure as a Source of Congestion" with W. A. Sethares, and J. A. Bucklew, accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

"Avoiding Global Congestion Using Decentralized Adaptive Agents" with W. A. Sethares. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Vol. 49, No. 11, November 2001.

"Dynamically Interdependent Preferences in a General Equilibrium Environment." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 47 309-333 2002.

"Reinforcement Learning in a Nonstationary Environment." Computational Economics, Vol. 18, 89-111, 2001.

Book Chapter

"Dynamically Interdependent Preferences in a Lattice Economy." 1993 Lectures in Complex Systems: Proceedings of the Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 1993, eds. Lynn Nadel and Daniel L. Stein, Addison-Wesley: Redwood City, CA. 1994.

Conference Papers

"Advanced Control Techniques For Efficient And Robust Operation Of Advanced Life Support Systems," with C.W. Pawlowski, S. Crawford, W. A. Sethares, and C. Finn, 31st International Conference on Environmental Systems, Orlando FL, July 2001. Paper number 01-ICES-208.

"Strategic Behavior, Learning and the Efficient Allocation of Network Resources." With William A. Sethares, David Lucking-Reiley, David Wolpert, Kagan Tumer and Jeremy Frank; invited talk at the Third International Congress on Networks, Groups and Coalitions, Manresa, Spain, May 1999.

"An Adaptive Solution to the El Farol Problem." With William A. Sethares. Proceedings of the Thirty-Sixth Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Allerton IL, Sept. 1998.

Working Papers

"Measuring the Resilience of Advanced Life Support Systems" with J. Levri and R. Dearden

"Bilateral Trading on a Network: A Simulation Study."

 

SELECTED CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

"Markets for a Mission to Mars: Market-Based Control of Advanced Life Support Systems," Invited poster presentation at Conference on Multi-Agent Computation in Natural and Artificial Economies, NSF/Brookings, Washington DC, Oct. 2001; Midwest Economics Association Annual Meetings, Chicago IL 2002.

"Reinforcement Learning in a Nonstationary Environment." presented at the Sixth International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance, Barcelona, Spain, July 2000; invited seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY April 2000.

"Coordination Failure as a Source of Congestion in Information Networks." With William A. Sethares and James A. Bucklew, presented at the Fifth International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance, Boston, MA, June 1999; invited seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY November 1999; Washington University, St. Louis, MO, March 1999; invited seminar in the Chaos and Complex Systems group, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, March 1999.

"The El Farol Problem: An Experimental Study." With Dylan Morgan and William A. Sethares; presented at the Spring Meetings of the Economic Science Association, Lake Tahoe, NV, May 1999.

"The El Farol Problem and the Internet: Congestion and Coordination Failure." With William A. Sethares; presented at the Annual Meetings of the Midwest Economics Association, Nashville, TN, March 1999; invited lecture at the NASA Ames Research Center, Ames CA, September 1998; invited seminar at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, November 1998. Currently under submission at the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing.

"Bilateral Trading on a Network: A Simulation Study." Presented at the Southern Economics Association Meetings, Baltimore, MD November 1998; at the North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, Montreal June 1998; at the Workshop on Artificial Markets, Autonomous Agents '98, Minneapolis MN May 1998; invited seminar at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, April 1998; at Midwest Economic Association Annual Meetings, Chicago IL, March 1998; invited seminar at Cornell University, Ithaca NY, February 1998; at the Summer Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford University, August, 1997; and the Second International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance sponsored by the Society of Computational Economics, Geneva Switzerland, June, 1996.

"Bilateral Trading on a Network: Convergence and Optimality Results." Presented at the Summer Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford University, July, 1997; at the Annual Conference of the Southern Economics Association, Washington D. C., November 1996 and at the North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, College of Business, University of Iowa, June 1996.

"Dynamically Interdependent Preferences in a General Equilibrium Environment." Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Computing in Economics and Finance sponsored by the Society of Computational Economics, Cambridge, England, June, 1998; at the Summer Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stanford University, August, 1995; at the Workshop on Complementarities in Macroeconomics, Economic Fluctuations and Growth Summer Workshops, sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research, July 1995; at the North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society, June 1994 and at the Midwest Economic Association Annual Meetings, March 1994. Invited Lecture at the Graduate Summer Workshop on Computational Economics sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, June 1995.

 

GRANTS RECEIVED

"Measuring the resilience of advanced life support systems" Director’s Discretionary Fund, NASA Ames Research Center FY 2001 $37,500.

National Science Foundation Research Planning Grant #SBR 9618230

April 15, 1997 - Sept. 30, 1998 $17,914

 

SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND TRAINING

Represented the NASA Ames Research Center at a research symposium on The Evolution of Institutions, Organizations, and Knowledge Networks in Economic Growth sponsored by KNEXUS and the Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, Stanford, CA August 1999.

Attended the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Seminar for Developers and Researchers of ATC Systems June 1999 and the Essentials of Biology course at the NASA Ames Research Center.

Invited participant in mentoring workshop "Creating Career Opportunities for Female Economists" sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession of the American Economic Association January 1998.

Invited participant at the National Bureau of Economic Research Monetary and Macroeconomic group meetings and summer workshops on Economic Fluctuations, the National Bureau of Economic Research/ National Science Foundation Decentralization Conferences, the Stanford University Summer Institute on Theoretical Economics, and the Santa Fe Institute.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS

Referee for the American Economic Review; National Science Foundation; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; Computational Economics.

Member of Society of Computational Economics; Midwest Economics Association; American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

 

ADDITIONAL SKILLS

Programming in Mathematica, Matlab , Simulink and C.

Excellent Spanish reading and good conversation skills; Extensive experience travelling and living abroad in Peru, Bolivia, Poland, Indonesia and Europe.