Department of Computer Science
University of Georgia
415 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center
Athens, GA 30602-7404
I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Georgia, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Computer Science, a faculty member of the UGA Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and a Faculty Researcher in the Intel/Berkeley Science and Technology Center for Secure Computing. Before joining UGA I was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the College of Computing of the Georgia Institute of Technology, working under the supervision of Prof. Wenke Lee. I also worked as Principal Scientist at Damballa, Inc., and prior to joining Damballa I was Research Scholar at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and PhD candidate at the University of Cagliari, Italy with the Pattern Recognition and Applications Group.
My research interests are in Computer and Network Security and in Machine Learning/Data Mining techniques for efficient mining an modeling of very large datasets of network and system information. In particular, I am currently focusing on Malware/Botnet modeling and detection at the network level. I received a 2012 NSF CAREER award on a project titled "Automatic Learning of Adaptive Network-Centric Malware Detection Models." Here you can find a list of my publications.
For Prospective Students: I'm always looking for motivated students with a strong background in computer networks and systems and/or machine learning/data mining. If you are a UGA student interested in doing quality research in computer and network security, please contact me. If you are not a UGA student, I encourage you to apply.