University of Southern California
Research Group

Benjamin Ford
PhD Student, Computer Science

Short Bio

I am a fourth year PhD student of Computer Science at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering. I joined Teamcore in August 2013 and am advised by Professor Milind Tambe . Previously, I completed my B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2008 and 2010, respectively. After graduation and prior to joining Teamcore, I worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI as a Software Engineer.

Primarily, I am interested in improving the algorithms and solutions of Computer Science by applying concepts from the social sciences of Psychology, Criminology, Sociology, and Anthropology. Specifically, I am interested in applying human behavioral models to multi-agent systems with a large focus on human decision making. My previous work on Wildlife and Endangered Species Conservation and my current work on Enforcing Compliance with Environmental Regulations are natural application domains for my research interests.

Previously, I worked with Haiping Xu , my M.S. advisor, on developing a framework to combat online auction fraud using multi-agent systems and machine learning. This work certainly sparked my interest in studying human behavior and applying those insights to Computer Science solutions.

Contact

Office: 300 Salvatori Computer Science Center
University of Southern California
941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles, CA, 90089

Email: benjamif [AT] usc [DOT] edu