Collective Computation Group @ SFI



Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA

David’s research explores the evolution of intelligence on earth. This includes studying the evolution of genetic, neural, linguistic, social and cultural mechanisms supporting memory and information processing, and exploring their generalities.  At each level David asks how information is acquired, stored, transmitted, robustly encoded, and processed. This work is undertaken through the use of empirically supported computational and mathematical models. 

Specific research projects includes work on the molecular logic of signaling pathways, the evolution of genome organization (redundancy, multiple encoding, quantization and compression), robust communication over networks, the evolution of distributed forms of biological information processing, dynamical memory systems, the logic of transmissible regulatory networks (such as virus life cycles) and the many ways in which organisms construct their environments (niche construction).

David served as the founding Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, the Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation, and was Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

David has previously served as chair of the faculty and a resident professor and external professor at the Santa Fe Institute.

David has been a visiting fellow at the Genomics Frontiers Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a Sage Fellow at the Sage Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of Santa Barbara. 

A graduate of the University of London, where he went on to earn degrees in biology, and computer science. Dr. Krakauer received his D.Phil. in evolutionary theory from Oxford University in 1995. He remained at Oxford as a postdoctoral research fellow,  Wellcome Research Fellow in mathematical biology, and lecturer at Pembroke College. In 1999 moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and served as visiting professor of evolution at Princeton University. He moved on to the Santa Fe Institute as a professor three years later and was made faculty chair in 2009.

In 2012 Dr. Krakauer was included in the Wired Magazine Smart List as one of 50 people "who will change the World."

In 2016 Krakauer was included in Entrepreneur Magazine’s six visionary Leaders advancing global research and business.