Matthew Fricke


Phone: 505-277-2048

Physical Address

Room 3330
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Research Assistant Professor

Department of Computer Science

Personal Website
Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Computer Science, University of New Mexico

MS, Computer Science, University of New Mexico

BS, Math, University of New Mexico

BA, Anthropology, Appalachian State University


Matthew Fricke studies distributed complex systems including supercomputing, machine learning, swarm robotics, and biological systems. His computational biology research focuses on the efficiency of search processes such as ant foraging and immune system activation. Swarm robotics work is on search strategies for resource collection in support of solar system exploration and volcano surveys. Recently he has applied machine learning to modeling climate change and to biosignature detection.

Fricke is an affiliated faculty at the UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing, a member of the Moses Biological Computation Lab, and the Lab for Agnostic Biosignatures. He is also active in the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Algorithmic Justice which studies inequality introduced by automated decision making in the courts and government agencies.

He and his wife Suzanne Fricke, who is an art historian and curator, have four sons: Henry, Leo, Owen, and Tristan.

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Complex Systems
  • Experimental Methods for Computer Scientists
  • Parallel Computing

Research Interests

  • Computational Biology
  • Swarm Robotics
  • High Performance Computing
  • Complex Systems
  • Machine Learning