Caleb Belth

Hello! I'm Caleb, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, where I work with Danai Koutra. Some of my interests are Graphs & Complex Networks, Philosophy, and Information Theory.

My most immediate projects are on information theoretic approaches to reflexively infer patterns from knowledge graphs, and exploring graph methods for higher (than first) order Markov chains on networks.

Underlying all my work, I try my best to think critically about its implications. Right now, there are at least a couple fundamental questions that I especially wrestle with:
1) What might be the implications of methods I work on? Will they be constructive or destructive to society?
2) What is the motive of my research?
3) Does my research methodology match my motive?

A current musing: are flocks of birds Turing Complete?

Prior to Michigan, I received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Purdue University, where I was fortunate to work with Jennifer Neville, Dan Goldwasser, and Daisuke Kihara.

Feel free to contact me at cbelth@umich.edu.
In case you are wondering, the name of this website ("quickshift") is a nod to my life-long love of road trips, driving, and cars in general.



Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Minds, Brains, and Maybe Programs. And also elephants.