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 (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.
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:
Besides snorkeling and hiking, 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.