About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I received my PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2018 under the supervision of Jason R. Marden in the Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation (CCDC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I'm a native of Southern Colorado, and enjoy anything that gets me outdoors on a regular basis: hiking, mountain biking, camping, trail running, and 14er bagging.

Research Interests

I am interested in developing fundamental theory to describe the interaction between technology and society. To study this, I use tools from game theory, optimization, control theory, and various multi-agent systems concepts.

Influencing Behavior in Cyber-Social Systems: I am generally interested in the effect of financial incentives on crowd behavior, particularly with an eye to complex, interconnected systems. I like to tell people that I study "Pricing as an engineering problem," where we measure the effectiveness of prices by the social outcomes they incentivize rather than the revenue they garner.

Strategic Aspects of Security: One high-level way to understand cyber-security problems is to envision them as a "game" between a defender and an attacker. In this paradigm, the defender attempts to design a security system as a function of some model of the attacker's strategy. Here, I seek to understand how security vulnerabilities may arise as a result of mis-modeled attackers.

Robust Network Games: Recent years have witnessed great strides in the use of game theory as an overarching framework to inform the design of networked control systems. However, significant questions remain as to the robustness of game-theory-derived control designs. I am interested in identifying and circumventing these known robustness bottlenecks.