Who I Am
I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory University since 2014, and Assistant Professor at School of Computer Science at Reykjavik University in Iceland since 2011.
In earlier lives, I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from University of Iceland in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 2009. I was a post-doctoral scientist at IBM Research between 2009-2011.
What I Do
My academic research is focused on distributed systems and data science, and I am particularly interested in socially motivated real-world problems that embody deep trade-offs. My primary interests are on making distributed data replication smarter -- including caching, live streaming and multicast -- and on practical ways to improve security. I am also interested in optimization, data mining, network science, wireless ad-hoc networks and epidemiology.
My research is supported by an NSF CAREER award, RANNIS grants and other funding from industry.
I am also a co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Syndis, a growing multinational company focused on research and services in offensive information security. Here is a brief video by the Vocativ news network that shows us hacking.
I have had the fortune of learning from some remarkable people, and I enjoy passing on what I know to my students. Some of my talks are online.
What I Have Done
How To Reach Me
Dept. of Math & CS
400 Dowman Drive, E416
Atlanta, GA 30322
E-mail: ymir ⓐ ymsir : com
working with me
Are you a great coder with an interest in large-scale systems or security? My lab at Emory has several open Ph.D. positions for promising students interested in caching and distributed systems. Interested? Apply to Emory CSI.
We are also searching for a post-doctoral scientist broadly in the fields of data science, computer systems, public health and/or epidemiology to help us on a project on outbreak detection using cell phone data. The data is already there... can you help us unlock it? Please send inquiries to applications @ ymsir : com.
Are you a hacker -- either from a software or security perspective -- Syndis is hiring!
If you are a student at Emory University or Reykjavik University, feel free to stop by my office to discuss research projects. Just drop me a note!