Gund Affiliate, Research Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Nick Cheney is a Research Assistant Professor of Computer Science, and a core member of the Vermont Complex Systems Center. 

After a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Vermont, Nick received his PhD in Computational Biology from Cornell University -- while also serving as a visiting researcher at NASA, the Santa Fe Institute, and Columbia University during that time. 

Nick's research is in the area of machine learning and focuses on algorithms for, and applications of, automation -- including deep learning, robotics, and data science.  He has taught courses in artificial intelligence and robotics, published dozens of academic papers, and his work has been featured in media venues such as Popular Science, Discover, and TEDx. 

Nick's lab aims to be an interdisciplinary hub, applying machine learning to problems in a wide variety of fields including healthcare, social science, and environmental science.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Department of Computer Science 
  • Vermont Complex Systems Center
Gund Affiliate Nicholas Cheney

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, data science, image processing, natural language processing


  • PhD, Computational Biology, Cornell University
  • BS, Applied Mathematics, University of Vermont


Office Location:

E411 Innovation Hall