I am an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and my research interests include artificial intelligence, cyber-security, and social network analysis. Some of my work has resulted in software such as GANG and SCARE that has seen real-world use. Some of my work has been featured in the media including The Economist and Popular Science. I have also authored two books including Elsevier's "Introduction to Cyber-Warfare."
February 25, 2015 My new book Cyber Warfare: Building the Scientific Foundation is available for pre-order on Amazon.
January 26, 2015 I will be giving a tutorial at IJCAI-15 entitled Diffusion in Social Networks.
January 26, 2015 My new blog post Why the Sony Hack Matters (written with Jana) is now posted on Elsevier's site.
January 23, 2015 I am a recipient of a 2015 AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award for my proposal entitled "Toward Anti-Inhibitory Influence of Online Social Networks."
July 2, 2014 I have arrived at ASU! I currently have filled all available doctoral student research positions - however I may have more open up in the spring - including the possibility of masters-level research assistants.
May 16, 2014 I am taking a tenure-track position at Arizona State and moving this June!
As such is the case, I am looking to build a new research group. I AM ACTIVELY RECRUITING STUDENTS FOR RA/PHD IN COMPUTER SCIENCE. My work will focus on artificial intelligence, data mining, and applications to social networks, cyber-security, and law-enforcement. Explore this page to get an idea of what I am working on.
If you have are interested and have not applied to ASU's Ph.D. program in computer science, please do so soon! It is linked here. High quality applicants will still be considered - especially if you are interested in the above-described areas.
April 2, 2014 Congratulations to my students, Geoff Moores and Damon Paulo for being selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Also, another one of my students, Joe Hannigan, received an honorable mention. All three are still undergraduates - so this says a lot about their abilities!
March 21, 2014 My student, Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez was recognized by the Superintendent of the Chicago Police, Garry McCarthy, for our team's work on the GANG software ("GANG Analyzes Networks and Geography"). The Chicago Police currently use this software to help better understand and analyze the organization of criminal street gangs. Back in January, this software was featured in Popular Science.
February 6, 2014 A video of my talk from ShmooCon 2014 - where I discuss defending the power grid and the attirbution problem - is now available!
January 21, 2014 My work (along with Hansheng Lei and Roy Lindelauf) on defending the power grid was featured by Foreign Policy's Complex Blog. You can read the original academic paper (to be presented at AAMAS-2014) here.
December 26, 2013 My group's ORCA software will be featured in the January 2014 issue of Popular Science - the article is available online from the magazine here.
December 9, 2013 The ShmooCon 2014 speaker line-up is available here.
November 3, 2013 I will be speaking at the cyber-security conference ShmooCon 2014 in January.
October 28, 2013 Read my interview with Britain's The Lawyer where I discuss cyber-warfare.
October 1, 2013 I was featured as Elsevier's Author of the Month.
September 18, 2013 I wrote a recent blog post on the Syrian Electronic Army on Elsevier SciTechConnect.
September 17, 2013 The paper A Scalable Heuristic for Viral Marketing Under the Tippling Model that I wrote with Sean Eyre and Damon Paulo was featured on MIT Technology Review.
September 12, 2013 My student, Brad Fischl, described our ORCA software in a YouTube video (from the West Point NSC Brown-Bag luncheon on 4 Sep.).
August 20, 2013 Our book, Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach, was reviewed by Security Magazine Online.
July 31, 2013 Our ORCA software was featured in Government Technology.
July 31, 2013 Elsevier has posted a video blog of me describing Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach.
July 29, 2013 Elsevier SciTechConnect features an excerpt from Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach. It is also available in Spansih from ASPJ.
July 24, 2013 Zeljka Zorz of Help Net Security recently reviewed Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach. You can read the review here.
July 23, 2013 Elsevier is featuring our book Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach at Black Hat and DEF CON -- see the Elsevier press release for details.
July 14, 2013 Check out a new pamphlet for our book Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidicsiplinary Approach.
July 11, 2013 Our new software ORCA (Organizational, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer) designed to help combat criminal street gangs recently recieved coverage on BBC Future, MIT Technology Review, NBC News, and Small Wars Journal. You can read a preprint of the original academic paper here. It will be presented at FOSINT-SI (co-located with ASONAM-13) in August at Niagara Falls.
June 12, 2013 Our new book is out: Introduction to Cyber-Warfare: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Syngress/Elsevier). I believe it's likely the most up-to-date collection of cyber-war case studies available. It is available now.
From the cover:
Cyber Warfare has become a global problem threatening governments, corporations and individuals. This new domain of warfare is not only inhabited by governments such as China, Russia, Iran, and the United States, but a variety of other actors including insurgent groups like Hezbollah and Hamas as well as hacking groups such as Anonymous, LulzSec, and others. According to a recent analysis the global market for Cyber Warfare consulting, product development and protective services will reach a value of $15.9 billion in 2012. This in-depth text on cyber warfare, written by experts on the front lines, explores the cutting edge world of cyber-warfare including the following:
March 29, 2013 I was recently quoted in The Economist on Chinese Cyberwar R&D. You can see the full article here.
December 22, 2012 My new book Introduction to Cyber-Warfare, written with my wife, Jana, and our colleague, Andrew Ruef, is now available for pre-order from Elsevier. It is expected to hit shelves in June, 2013.
December 14, 2012 Check out more recent press coverage on Shaping Operations to Attack Robust Terror Networks on the Army's Science and Technology page (by Mike Strasser, originally in the Pointer View) and on The Verge.
December 6, 2012 Noah Shachtman wrote a great article this morning for Wired's "Danger Room" blog on our recent work on terror networks. The academic paper and a video on this work is also available.
November 21, 2012 Recently, a paper I worked on with Devon Callahan, Jeff Nielsen, and Tony Johnson was accepted to Social Informatics-12. See Devon Callahan describe the research on YouTube. Jeff wrote a nice summary for the lay reader in the NSC NewsBlast and a preprint is available on arXiv.
October 20, 2012 I was recently mentioned in an article published on Industrial Safety and Security Source that was later ran on the Inter Press Service News Agency. The article states that, according to me, a hacking group known as the "Iranian Cyber Army" began as a organization within the Iranian military. This is not precisely what I stated as I do not know this information to be factual. What I stated was that based on reports from Iranian dissidents, it is thought that this group originated within the Iranian military.
September 18, 2012 I recently gave a talk on viral marketing at Notre Dame. The video is available on YouTube here.
August 30, 2012 SCARE featured on UPI.
August 28, 2012 The West Point NSC has introduced a new webpage dedicated to SCARE. This site is a one-stop-shop for all information on SCARE, IED cache-finding software, and geospatial abduction.
August 23, 2012 The Pointer View recently featured an article on West Point cadets using the SCARE software to support operations in Afghanistan. The article is available here from the Pointer View and here from www.army.mil.
August 21, 2012 My paper "Social Network Diffusion Optimization Problems" where we use logic programming to find influential nodes in a labelled social network is now available from ACM TOCL here. You can read about it on the NSC blog as well.
August 3, 2012 We currently have a 1-year non-tenured Assistant Professor / Research Fellow position open at West Point for Computer Science. Great opportunity for a Ph.D. You can find the announcement here.
July 18, 2012 The article "Using RASCAL to Find Key Villages in Afghanistan" was published online today by Small Wars Journal. In this work, my group presents a software package designed better allocate Special Forces teams on a counter-insurgency battlefield.
July 17, 2012 This morning I was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article entitled "Computer analysis predicted rises, ebbs in Afghanistan violence." If you are interested in learning more about my work on finding weapons caches, please check out my work on SCARE and Geospatial Abduction described in this blog-post. If you are interested in learning more about my work dealing with large data-sets, such data extracted from social networks, you may find my work on viral marketing interesting as well.
May 20, 2012 The paper "Large Social Networks can be Targeted for Viral Marketing with Small Seed Sets" by myself and Damon Paulo was accepted to the 2012 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining (ASONAM). This work was accepted as a full paper. Only 16% of submissions were accepted as such.
May 3, 2012 Three of the students that I advise, Sean Eyre, Randolph Rotte, and Theodore Taggart recently won "Best Computer Science Project" and "Best Network Science Project" at the 2012 Cadet Projects Day (at West Point) for their senior capstone work entitled "Research on Insurgent Network Graphs" (RING). These three have put in much hard work on this project over the past year - well done, guys!
April 19, 2012 My work on SCARE will be featured in the April 21st edition of The Economist. The article is available online and entitled "The Science of Civil War: What Makes Heroic Strife." Please note that the new version of SCARE mentioned in the article will leverage route-trafficability, not phone-traffic patterns as stated in the article.
April 6, 2012 I have just been awarded a new grant by the Army Research Office for a project entitled "Combinatorial and Scalable Initiation in Complex Networks."
March 30, 2012 Earlier this month, Geoffrey Moores presented some of our recent work on mean time to fixation in evolutionary graphs at the INSNA Sunbelt XXXII conference. Check out my recent blog post relating to this talk and the slides.
February 3, 2012 Currently, I am involved in some new work using the SCARE software. Check out this article about it in the NSC Newsletter.
September 28, 2011 Patrick Roos, Anthony Johnson and I wrote a review on Evolutionary Graph Theory. It was recently accepted by the Elsevier journal BioSystems. A pre-print of the review is available here from the West Point NSC.
September 22, 2011 My new book, Geospatial Abduction: Principles and Practice, written with V.S. Subrahmanian, is available here from Springer Publishing for pre-order.
September 20, 2011 My paper, Fast and Deterministic Computation of Fixation Probability in Evolutionary Graphs, done in collaboration with Patrick Roos was accepted to the 6th International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics.
August 5, 2011 My paper, Adversarial Geospatial Abduction Problems, done in collaboration with John Dickerson and V.S. Subrahmanian was accepted to the journal ACM Transaction on Intelligent Systems and Technology. I previously gave a talk on a preliminary version of this research at an ARO workshop a few months ago. Slides from that talk are here.
July 11, 2011 Uffe Kock Wiil's book Counterterrorism and Open Source Intelligence that features the chapter Region Based Geospatial Abduction with Counter-IED Applications, written by myself and V.S. Subrahmanian is now available from Springer here.
June 27, 2011 The Military Review article, What is old is New: Counter-IED by Disrupting the Weapons Supply, that I wrote with LTG(ret) Otstott is now available online from USA-CAC. Click here for the full issue.