Joshua Thorp

Joshua has a degree in computer science with a concentration in mathematics from the Cornell University School of Engineering and eight years of practical experience in the field of complexity science and agent-based modeling.

Since 2002, Joshua has been an independent consultant focusing on agent-based modeling and interactive visualization work. From 2003 through 2005, Joshua contracted to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to model interactions among networks of their employees and divisions. In the fall of 2005, Joshua began work with Lee D. Hoffer, Ph.D., MPE, from the Department of Psychiatry of Washington University School of Medicine, to model the street market of heroin.

Between 2000 and 2002, Joshua worked for BiosGroup, where he worked on internal quality assurance, developed a reusable code repository, and worked on a team modeling the exploration and production business unit of a large energy company in Houston. Subsequently Joshua worked on a project for a data storage software company to manage distributed storage of data on a network.

Joshua has had an evolving interest in computing. In high school, he participated in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge sponsored by New Mexico high-tech companies and labs, including LANL, with a project that focused on artificial life and genetic algorithms inspired by the work of Christopher Langton at the Santa Fe Institute. From that time on, he has been interested in distributed systems of interacting agents and complex adaptive systems.

Having grown up on a small family farm near Cerrillos, NM, Joshua is fascinated by the intersection of complex adaptive systems studies and the sustainable agriculture movement.