Currently I am a Fulbright fellow to Israel. Some years ago I was also a Fulbright fellow to Hungary. My postdoctoral mentors include Trent Jaeger at Penn State University and Wolfgang Merkle at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. From 2008-2010 I held a research staff position at CCR-La Jolla where I focused on research efforts in cryptography and network security, and before that I did disease modeling as a postdoc at the RAND Corporation. I fulfilled my dissertation research as a CIC Traveling Scholar at the University of Chicago computer science department under the supervision of Lance Fortnow. I earned a PhD in mathematics from Indiana University in 2007, a DM in composition from the IU School of Music in 2004, and a BA in guitar performance and mathematics from Pomona College in 2000.
"The early years of his life were ambiguous but he was constantly reassured with meatballs."
My current research in mathematics and computer science explores the interaction between combinatorics, game theory, and computation, often with an eye towards applications in information security. I am interested in the power of formal language and the absolute limitations of machines. Tools that I use regularly include Kolmogorov complexity and martingales, and recent results have touched on fractal geometry, additive number theory, probability, programming languages, and data compression. I have worked in computability theory, the branch of mathematics comprising Gödel's incompleteness theorem, and my Erdős number number is 2.