Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

Ph.D., Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., School of Computing, University of Utah 

Research Interests

My primary research is at the intersection of machine learning and security. I study settings where an intelligent adversary has limited access to perturb data fed into a learned or learning system. The goal of my research is two-fold: to detect attacks and to build/augment learning systems to be more robust to undetected attacks.

In addition, I develop methods for inferring properties of the underlying sensors (whether trustworthy or not) and incorporating that knowledge into the data analysis pipeline.

Teaching Interests

I teach topics in AI, machine learning, and security ranging from the highly practical to the purely theoretical. I aim to span the same spectrum in teaching introductory courses as well.

Before coming to Amherst, I taught computer science and public speaking/debate professionally in Salt Lake City, UT and Madison, WI. As a volunteer, I gave guest lectures for courses from the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY, a non-profit organization offering courses for advanced students in grades 2 through 12) and taught locksport (recreational lockpicking and related physical security topics) through Sector67 in Madison.