I am a PhD candidate in the Computer Security group (SecLab) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My advisors are Christopher Kruegel and Giovanni Vigna.
My research interests span network, software, and system security. Primarily, I work on identifying and preventing large-scale Internet abuse, takeover attacks, as well as denial-of-service attacks. At times, I dabble in automated vulnerability discovery and the challenges of analyzing malicious software. Lately, I have become interested in the adversarial use of artificial intelligence, and market-scale analysis of smart contracts.
I am a strong advocate for open science, particularly open source and open data, as well as reproducible science.
When time permits, I enjoy participating in Computer Security Capture the Flag competitions with Shellphish and I won third place with the Shellphish CGC team in the autonomous DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge.
In my spare time, I enjoy the calm of landscape photography and basic electrical engineering, specifically tinkering with microcontrollers.
Beyond my academic responsibilities and leisures, I consulted for companies on areas related to my research. Past engagements focused on vulnerability exploitation, trend detection, and web dynamics.
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