I am a professor of Computer Science at the US Naval Academy, with particular research and teaching expertise in Machine Learning. I am chairing the development of the new Data Science Major at USNA.
Things I'm Doing
I am interested in Machine Learning, with recent focus on the behaviors and vulnerabilities of neural networks, and applying reinforcement learning to enable smart sensing on Internet of Things devices. I work in close collaboration with labs at the University of Maryland, College Park, and NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.
I value good teaching, and have developed courses and taught in the Data Science, Computer Science, Information Technology, Cyber Operations, and Operations Research majors. In 2022 I won the campuswide Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in honor of Professor Theodore J. Benac. My current course is SI470: Machine Learning and Data Science, an elective for senior Computer Science majors.
With a lot of help from other faculty at USNA and people across the DOD, I am chairing the development of USNA's new Data Science major, whose inaugural class will graduate in 2025. The major's focus is in teaching midshipmen to make better decisions by understanding and analyzing data. Anybody interested in working with our students in this major should contact me to find out how to help.
LREC to Norway
I am organizing a summer trip for midshipmen to Norway and the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy for cultural exposure and a competitive data challenge with peers from Nordic academies. Interested midshipmen should contact me with questions and apply!
My calendar is offered below to help advisees and students schedule meetings with me. Midshipmen, please find a time that works for us both, and then email me with your request.
Tuesdays are my "research days," and if possible, I try to keep them relatively distraction-free. However, if Tuesday is the only day we can meet, that is fine.