Cole Campton

Projects Interests About
  • Iterative Graph Alignment
    Discussion of an interesting factorization and iterative algorithm for (relaxed) sub-graph isomorphism.

  • Image Deconvolution
    Discussion of the math behind denoising by directly inverting a regularized convolution objective.

  • The Perron-Frobenius Operator
    A project which demonstrates the power of numerical methods in approximating the long-term behavior of Ergodic mappings.

  • The Probabilistic Method
    A discussion and example of Paul Erdoős' Probabilistic Method.

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
    An overview of work at Emory University's Summer Institute in Biostatistics to predict development of Chronic Kidney Disease.

  • Coffee
    A compilation of some useful resouces and background information in coffee and brewing equiptment.

  • The Elektra Factory
    Photos from my tour of the Eletra factory in Treviso, Italy.

  • Climbing
    Photos from various climbing trips, including some with the Reed Mountaineering Club.

  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
    My experiences at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program.


    Hello my name is Cole Campton. I was born and raised in Mill Valley, California. I graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in mathematics. While at Reed I wrote a thesis on the homological equivalence of discrete configure space models used in motion planning.

    I currently work at Gilead Science's Clinical Bioinformatics and Exploratory Analytics group in Foster City, California.

    I am interested in computer science, mathematics, rock climbing, coffee and lever espresso machines.

    Feel free to contact me. Let’s talk computer science and coffee.


The community that comes with climbing is one of the best parts of the sport. The Reed College Mountaineering Club helped me to feel comfortable and taught me to love the sport.

I first had the chance to climb outdoors with the club at Smith Rock in eastern Oregon.

I learned that climbing outdoors was nothing like my gym experience.

With the support of the club I decided to spend the time to get certified as a Wilderness First Responder through the Wilderness Medical Training Center. Safety first!

Armed with first aid training, I was comfortable enough to get out and climb on my own in Joshua Tree, California.

Also with the support of friends I had the chance to get out during the week and practice leading at Broughton Bluff and Ozone just outside of Portland, Oregon.

Soon I felt comfortable on multi-pitch climbing and set out to climb Monkey’s Face at Smith Rock, Oregon. We approached the northern side and reached the bolt-ladder after a few pitches. We made it into the ‘mouth’, the cave on the right side of the pillar.

The view from the mouth is astonishing.

And eventually I had the chance to return to Smith Rock once again with the Mountaineering Club.

I had the chance to repay the favor of leading and belaying newer climbers up a few routes. It’s a nice feeling to have made it full-circle.

Afterwards we stopped by Juniper Junction for some of their famous Huckleberry ice cream.