P-core Personnel

University of Virginia

  • Malathi Veeraraghavan

    Professor, Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Malathi Veeraraghavan is the lead PI of this project. She has 30 years experience working in the field of telecommunications and computer networks. She brings this domain knowledge to the network and host log data collection required in this project. She is also working on Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) of the collected datasets to enrich, label, aggregate and extract features from the datasets.

  • Jack Davidson

    Professor of Computer Science

    Jack Davidson has over 38 years experience in cyber security, compilers, and system software. He is a Professor of Computer Science at UVA. He has been the PI and co-PI on numerous grants. His previous cyber security projects include two IARPA projects. A project funded under IARPA’s National Intelligence Community Enterprise Cyber Assurance Program (NICECAP) developed tools to find and remediate memory errors in executable code. In a follow-on project under IARPA’s Securely Taking on New Executable Software of Uncertain Provenance (STONESOUP) program, he teamed with Grammatech, Georgia Tech, and Raytheon and developed techniques for identifying and remediating vulnerabilites in binaries. Most recently, Davidson led the UVa component of the TechX team (TechX also included a group from Grammatech, Inc) that participated in the finals of the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge and finished 2nd overall and number one on defense. Davidson is currently leading Double Helix under the DARPA CFAR 31 program (now in Phase 3). Professor Davidson is an ACM Fellow and Senior Member of IEEE.

  • Donald E. Brown

    W.S. Calcott Professor, Founding Director of the Data Science Institute, Co-Director of the Translational Health Institute of Virginia

    Dr. Brown is Founding Director of the Data Science Institute, the W.S. Calcott Professor of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and Co-Director of the Translational Health Institute of Virginia, University of Virginia. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dr. Brown served as an officer in the U.S. Army and later worked at Vector Research, Inc. on projects in medical information processing and multi-sensor surveillance systems. He is now President of Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. which provides data analysis and technical services for numerous private and governmental organizations. He serves on the National Research Council Committee on Transportation Security has served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on High Performance Computing and Crisis Management and on the NRC Committee on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Security. He is a past member of the Joint Directors of Laboratories Group on Data Fusion and a former Fellow at the National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center.

  • Yonghwi Kwon

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science

    Yonghwi Kwon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. His research aims to solve system security problems via program analysis techniques (e.g., dynamic/static analysis, binary analysis, and reverse-engineering). He has proposed and implemented fundamental primitives for the investigation and prevention of advanced cyber-attacks (e.g., Advanced Persistent Threats) and the analysis and prevention of rapidly evolving malicious programs and payloads across multiple platforms. He has been honored with the ASE Best Paper Award in 2013, ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award in 2013, and Maurice H. Halstead Memorial Award in 2017.

  • Jeff Collyer

    Information Security Engineer

    Jeff Collyer is an Information Security Engineer at the University of Virginia, and a Tier-3 security analyst. He has worked in IT since 1993 and Information Security since 2015. He has worked as an email administrator, system administrator, infrastructure application integrator, and a network administrator with a concentration on Linux/Unix systems primarily in higher education. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

  • Molly Buchanan

    Research Engineer



  • Brian Root

    Project Manager



  • Yizhe Zhang

    Yizhe Zhang

    Graduate Student



Virginia Tech

  • Mark Gardner

    Network Research Manager

    Mark Gardner is the Network Research Manager in Advanced Research Computing in the Department of Information Technology at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. A major area of his current focus is improving the security, privacy, and provenance of data in supercomputers and associated networks through the use of virtualization. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Gardner was a senior technical staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the deputy leader of the RADIANT (Research and Development in Advanced Network Technology) team. Dr. Gardner earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers (including a best paper in OptiComm 2003, a best paper runner-up at Supercomputing 2006, and a paper which was selected as one of the twenty best papers from HPDC 1992–2012).

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Northeastern University

  • Alina Oprea

    Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University

    Alina Oprea is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science since August 2016. Prior to her position at Northeastern, Oprea was a consultant research scientist at RSA Laboratories 32 for 9 years, where she performed research in cloud security, applied cryptography, foundations of cybersecurity, and security analytics. She interacted closely with EMC Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and deployed machine learning models for threat detection on the entire global EMC network. Her algorithms detected new, unknown attacks and were used operationally by the CIRC team. She also worked with an engineering team of 10 to integrate these algorithms in the RSA NetWitness security analytics product. Oprea received her Ph.D. degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. Oprea is inventor on more than 20 issued patents and has several publications. Oprea is the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2005 Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS) Symposium and the 2011 Technology Review TR35 award for her research in cloud security

  • Simona Boboila

    Research Scientist

     Simona Boboila completed his PhD in Computer Science at Northeastern University in 2013 and he currently works at EMC.

    During his PhD, he investigated new ways to model flash storage performance and build low-latency, high density flash storage systems.He received his BS from Bucharest Polytechnic University in 2006 and MS from Stony Brook University in 2008.

Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc (CCRi)

  • Kolia Sadeghi

    Kolia Sadeghi

    Senior Data Scientist

    Kolia Sadeghi has 15 years of experience in mathematical predictive and probabilistic modeling, machine learning, as well as software system design and engineering. He is currently a Senior Data Scientist at Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc (CCRi). 

  • Casey Kneale

    Data Scientist

    Casey Kneale has fund of knowledge in chemistry, analytical instrumentation, spectroscopy, and physical simulations. Approaching a half decade experience in formulating real world problems into specialized data science/machine learning solutions. He is a routine innovator with a proven track record. While he is entirely reliable for routine tasks, his skillset and methodology, can be well utilized for innovation and cutting edge problem solving.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

  • Alastair Nottingham

    Research Scientist