My passion is information security, and my expertise is malware. I am keen on building large-scale systems that discover hidden (malicious, usually) patterns in a sea of data. In my free time, I love to challenge myself by competing in (or, sometimes, by running) hacking competitions.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My main research focus is finding novel, robust ways to detect and prevent the spreading of malware. I am currently also researching in securing Android devices, and in maintaining (and breaking) one's privacy through traces left online. Also, I've recently joined Google to study and detect cloaking sites.
In the past, I've been an active member of the GNOME open-source community, and I've had some fun in underwater robotics research.
During my Ph.D. studies, I have been having fun researching on:
At UH I've worked on a novel mathematical model to drive autonomous underwater vehicles. This work has been presented at the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC).
Summa cum laude, full scholarship awarded as a winner of a nation-wide competition.
Summa cum laude.
In UCSB's mechanical engineering department, I've worked on a distributed algorithm to drive autonomous land vehicles to patrol an area. We have implemented this algorithm to make a group of (real) robotic vehicles collaborate with virtual ones. Part of this work is now part of the Player/Stage open-source framework.
Summa cum laude, completed the Path of Excellence honors program.