Jane Adams

Hey, thanks for visiting! Please reach out if you think we could make something amazing happen.

If you’re interested in browsing some of my work, check out my projects here. Some background about me:

I’m presently on a self-funded sabbatical for the summer before I begin my PhD in Computer Science in the Data Visualization Lab at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences. This summer I joined The Recurse Center (f.k.a. Hacker School) for a programming retreat as a member of Spring Mini Batch 5.

I recently completed a 3-year position as a non-faculty research analyst—“Data Visualization Artist-in-Residence”—at the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center. My work there spanned primarily two fields: 1) Twitter/Reddit NLP and visualization, as a member of the Computational Story Lab; and 2) exploratory analysis tools for life insurance underwriting and public health analysis, as a member of the MassMutual Center of Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Science.

I hold a MFA in Emergent Media, and a BFA in Graphic Design and Digital Media. My graduate work included curation of data-driven art exhibits; building computer-aided interactive, illuminated, and hydroponic sculptural works; and writing about the evolving relationship between art and science. I usually work in fullstack MERN web development, D3/JS, and Python. Sometimes I also dabble in Java and C++ for art projects, and lately I’ve been really enjoying experimenting with generative adversarial networks (GANs) as an art medium.

In my personal time, I build art robots, interactive mixed-media installations, aquaponic sculptures, and GAN art. I’m also an organizer for Vermont Womxn in Machine Learning & Data Science and recently joined the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) as a member artist.

UPCOMING ADVENTURES

PhD Student, Data Visualization Lab  |  Beginning Fall 2021
Northeastern University,
Boston, MA

RESEARCH

“Storywrangler: A massive exploratorium for sociolinguistic, cultural, socioeconomic, and political timelines using Twitter” Thayer Alshaabi, Jane L Adams, Michael V Arnold, Joshua R Minot, David R Dewhurst, Andrew J Reagan, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. Science Advances

“Sirius: A Mutual Information Tool for Exploratory Visualization of Mixed Data”. Jane Lydia Adams, Todd F. DeLuca, Christopher M. Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds, Yuhang Zheng, Boyoon Choi, Allison Min, Konstantinos Anastasakis, and Michael M. Bessey. arXiv:2106.05260

“Quantifying language changes surrounding mental health on Twitter”. Anne Marie Stupinski, Thayer Alshaabi, Michael V Arnold, Jane Lydia Adams, Joshua R Minot, Matthew Price, Peter Sheridan Dodds, Christopher M Danforth. arXiv:2106.01481

“The incel lexicon: Deciphering the emergent cryptolect of a global misogynistic community”. Kelly Gothard, David Rushing Dewhurst, Joshua R Minot, Jane Lydia Adams, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. arXiv:2105.12006

“Homophily and Heterogeneity in the Cancerous Cell Line Network for Gene Therapy Improvements”. Jane Adams, Celestin Coquide, Diana Garcia and Rodrigo Migueles Ramirez. NetSci 2020 International School and Conference on Network Science.

“Long-term word frequency dynamics derived from Twitter are corrupted: A bespoke approach to detecting and removing pathologies in ensembles of time series”. Peter Sheridan Dodds, Joshua R. Minot, Michael V. Arnold, Thayer Alshaabi, Jane L. Adams, David R. Dewhurst, Andrew J. Reagan, Christopher M. Danforth. arXiv:2008.11305

“Computational timeline reconstruction of the stories surrounding Trump: Story turbulence, narrative control, and collective chronopathy.” Peter Sheridan Dodds, Joshua R Minot, Michael V Arnold, Thayer Alshaabi, Jane Lydia Adams, Andrew J Reagan, Christopher M Danforth. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2008.07301.pdf

“How the world’s collective attention is being paid to a pandemic: COVID-19 related 1-gram time series for 24 languages on Twitter” Thayer Alshaabi, JR Minot, MV Arnold, Jane Lydia Adams, David Rushing Dewhurst, Andrew J Reagan, Roby Muhamad, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. arXiv:2003.12614

“A Network Approach to Cancer: Clustering Cell Lines by Gene Dependency Rank Differences” Jane Adams, Celestin Coquide, Diana Garcia, Rodrigo Migueles Ramirez. Extended abstract and poster presented at Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems (NERCCS) 2020.

“The growing echo chamber of social media: Measuring temporal and social contagion dynamics for over 150 languages on Twitter for 2009-2020” Thayer Alshaabi, David R Dewhurst, Joshua R Minot, Michael V Arnold, Jane L Adams, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. arXiv:2003.03667

“Allotaxonometry and rank-turbulence divergence: A universal instrument for comparing complex systems” Peter Sheridan Dodds, Joshua R Minot, Michael V Arnold, Thayer Alshaabi, Jane Lydia Adams, David Rushing Dewhurst, Tyler J Gray, Morgan R Frank, Andrew J Reagan, Christopher M Danforth. arXiv:2002.09770

“Hurricanes and hashtags: Characterizing online collective attention for natural disasters” Michael V Arnold, David Rushing Dewhurst, Thayer Alshaabi, Joshua R Minot, Jane L Adams, Christopher M Danforth, Peter Sheridan Dodds. arXiv:2003.14291

“Fame and Ultrafame: Measuring and comparing daily levels of ‘being talked about’ for United States’ presidents, their rivals, God, countries, and K-pop”, Peter Sheridan Dodds, Joshua R Minot, Michael V Arnold, Thayer Alshaabi, Jane Lydia Adams, David Rushing Dewhurst, Andrew J Reagan, Christopher M Danforth. arXiv:1910.00149

EDUCATION

Computer Science PhD Student, Data Visualization Lab  |  Beginning Fall 2021
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

The Recurse Center  |  June 28th – July 1st
Programming Retreat, Online/NYC

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A), Emergent Media  |  May 2018
Champlain College
, Burlington Vermont

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A), Graphic Design & Digital Media  |  December 2015
Champlain College, Burlington Vermont

EMPLOYMENT ( * denotes teaching experience)

Data Visualization Artist-in-Residence / Data Analyst  |  March 2018 – June 2021
The University of Vermont Complex Systems Center
, Burlington, Vermont

Graduate Curatorial Fellow  |  September 2017 – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

Project Management Graduate Fellow  |  January – August 2017
Champlain College Emergent Media Center Communications Team, Burlington, Vermont

* Teaching Assistant  |  July – August 2016, January – May 2017
Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

Front End Development Intern  |  August 2016 – January 2017
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Burlington, Vermont

Media Design Intern  |  January – July 2016
Dealer.com, Burlington, Vermont

Graphic Designer  |  May 2014 – June 2015
Brandthropology Inc., Burlington, Vermont

Graphic Designer and Front-End Developer  |  September 2012 – June 2015
Oleet & Co. Investment Bank
, Burlington, Vermont

VOLUNTEER WORK

Lead Community Organizer  |  2015 – 2021
Vermont Womxn in Machine Learning and Data Science, Burlington, Vermont

PUBLIC SPEAKING ( * denotes teaching experience)

Artist Talk and Film Screening: Voyager EP  |  June 2021
Burlington City Arts presents ‘Flicks in the Park’, Burlington, Vermont

FailFest Workshop   Organizer & Moderator  |  October 2020
IEEE VIS 2020 | Salt Lake City, UT / Online

* Data Visualization for Network Scientists   Workshop Instructor  |  April 2020
Northeast Regional Conference on Complex Systems (NERCCS) Pre-Conference School
, NY / Online

* CS-395 Advanced Special Topics: Data Lab Guest Lecturer (Data Visualization)  |  March 2020
University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

* DAT-430: Data Visualization Guest Lecturer  |  December 2019
Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

* Visualizing Complexity: Network Graphs of High-Dimensional Data  Instructor  |  Oct. 2019
Open Data Science Conference, San Francisco, California

Data Art: Seeing the Future of Data Science  Speaker  |  April 2019
Open Data Science Conference, Boston, Massachusetts

* Data Visualization Workshop  Facilitator  |  March 2019
Women in Data Science Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

What’s a Data Artist?  Featured Speaker  |  February 2019
AIGA Vermont: WTF is Design Anyway?, Burlington, Vermont

Visualizing Complexity  Featured Speaker  |  November 2018
The Emergent Landscape Speaker Series, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont

Visual Storytelling  Featured Speaker  |  November 2018
Gund Institute Tea, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Complexity, Mutualism, and Ecopolitics Panelist  |  October 2018  
Feverish World Symposium, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

TEDx Springfield   Featured Speaker  |   October 2018
MassMutual, Springfield, Massachusetts

2018 GeoDataSci Conference  Featured Speaker  |  June 2018
Generator Maker Space, Burlington, Vermont

The Emergent Mindset  Featured Speaker |  November 2016
Shelburne Museum, PechaKucha Night Vol. 22, Shelburne, Vermont

ART EXHIBITIONS ( ⇞ indicates contribution to securing grant funding)

Exhibiting Artist: Voyager EP  |  July 2021
ALIFE: Conference on Artificial Life, Virtual / Prague, Czech Republic

Artist Talk and Film Screening: Voyager EP  |  June 2021
Burlington City Arts presents ‘Flicks in the Park’, Burlington, Vermont

Art Forms, An Exhibition: Exhibiting Artist  |  May – July 2021
Mad River Valley Arts, Stowe, Vermont

⇞ Aquaponic Diorama  Exhibiting Artist  |  February – June 2020
“Apocalypse Diet” Group Show at Burlington City Arts (BCA) Gallery
, Burlington, Vermont

⇞ The Illuminated Forest  Exhibiting Artist  |  Sept. 2018, Sept. 2019
Champlain Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont

⇞ The Illuminated Waterfront  Project Lead and Exhibiting Artist  |  2018/19
Highlight New Years’ Eve Festival, ECHO Aquarium, Burlington, Vermont

Emerging Tech Showcase  Exhibitor  |  October 2018
Vermont Tech Jam, Essex Junction, Vermont

Universalities of Inquiry   Exhibiting Artist  |  February – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

Quality of Life   Guest Curator  |  February – March 2018
Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, Vermont

But What About…? Interactive Data Installation   Project Lead  |  July – Aug. 2017
Champlain College Emergent Media Center, Burlington Vermont

Interactive Terrarium   Exhibiting Artist  |  December 2016
Champlain College Art Gallery, Burlington, Vermont