David Wolpert comes from Los Alamos where he was the Ulam scholar at the Center for Nonlinear Studies. Before that he was at NASA Ames Research Center and a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he formed the Collective Intelligence group. He has worked at IBM and a data mining startup, and been external faculty at numerous institutions (including the Santa Fe Institute).
His current research focuses on
i) Information theory and Game theory
ii) The second law of thermodynamics and dynamics of complexity
iii) Multi-information source optimization
iv) The mathematical underpinnings of reality
v) Evolution of organizations
His degrees are in physics, from UC Santa Barbara and from Princeton.
He is the author of three books, three patents, over one hundred refereed papers, and has received numerous awards.