Bruce J West, Adjunct Professor  

Bruce J West

Office Location: Room 208, FEL Laboratory
Office Phone: 919-549-4257
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Research Description: My research interests are in the mathematical and physical modeling of complex adaptive phenomena, from physical processes whose evolution cannot be described by differential equations of motion, to biomedical phenomena that are so complex that we have little idea of how to mathematically describe them. I have worked on the applications of discontinuous statistical processes (Levy distributions) to all manner of phenomena including quantum chaos, non-equilibrium statistical physics and the statistics of biomedical time series. Most recently I have worked on the development of the fractional calculus for the study of stochastic processes for which the evolution of the probability density cannot be described by a partial differential equation, but requires a fractional propagation-transport equation. Recent areas of application of these ideas have included financial markets, fluctuations in global temperature, heart rate variability, migraines, variability in human gait, and quantum information.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P. Allegrini and P. Grigolini and L. Palatella and A. Rosa and B. J. West, Non-Poisson processes: regression to equilibrium versus equilibrium correlation functions, Physica A-statistical Mechanics And Its Applications, vol. 347 (March, 2005), pp. 268-288 .
  2. B. J. West and L. A. Griffin and H. J. Frederick and R. E. Moon, The independently fractal nature of respiration and heart rate during exercise under normobaric and hyperbaric conditions., Respir Physiol Neurobiol, vol. 145 no. 2-3 (February, 2005), pp. 219-233 [15705537], [doi]  [abs].
  3. P. Allegrini and P. Grigolini and L. Palatella and B. J. West, Non-Poisson dichotomous noise: Higher-order correlation functions and aging, Physical Review E, vol. 70 no. 4 (October, 2004) .
  4. G. Aquino and M. Bologna and P. Grigolini and B. J. West, Aging and rejuvenation with fractional derivatives, Physical Review E, vol. 70 no. 3 (September, 2004) .
  5. B. J. West and N. Scafetta and W. H. Cooke and R. Balocchi, Influence of progressive central hypovolemia on Holder exponent distributions of cardiac interbeat intervals, ANNALS OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, vol. 32 no. 8 (August, 2004), pp. 1077-1087 [Gateway.cgi], [doi] .