University of Southern California
Research Group
some_text Matthew Brown
Postdoctoral Scholar
National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE)


PhD completed in May 2015! Link to my thesis defense presentation. [pdf]


Research
At a high level, my main research interest is using game theory to tackle global challenges such as security and conservation. More specifically, I am examining how game theory can be used to produce strategies for security agencies tasked with protecting critical infrastructure or natural resources against potential adversaries. When developing our mathematical models and solution concepts, we must make a number of assumptions about the domain (player payoffs, transition probabilities, etc). Thus, my research focuses on ensuring that our techniques are robust as possible to the variety of uncertainties that security forces face in the real world.


Current Projects:
  • TSA Passenger Screening
  • Factory Pollution Inspection
  • Military Counterinsurgency

Previous Projects:

Publications:
  • Matthew Brown, Arunesh Sinha, Aaron Schlenker, Milind Tambe. One Size Does Not Fit All: A Game-Theoretic Approach for Dynamically and Effectively Screening for Threats, In Proceedings of the Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), February 2016. [pdf]

  • Thanh H. Nguyen, Debarun Kar, Matthew Brown, Arunesh Sinha, Albert Xin Jiang, Milind Tambe. Towards a Science of Security Games, New Frontiers of Multidisciplinary Research in STEAM-H (Book chapter), 2016. [pdf]

  • Arunesh Sinha, Thanh H. Nguyen, Debarun Kar, Matthew Brown, Milind Tambe, Albert Xin Jiang. From Physical Security to Cyber Security, Journal of Cybersecurity, 2015. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown. Balancing Tradeoffs in Security Games: Handling Defenders and Adversaries with Multiple Objectives, Doctoral Thesis, May 2015. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown, William Haskell, Milind Tambe. Addressing Scalability and Robustness in Security Games with Multiple Boundedly Rational Adversaries, In Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Decision and Game Theory for Security (GameSec), November 2014. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown, Sandhya Saisubramanian, Pradeep Varakantham, Milind Tambe. STREETS: Game-Theoretic Traffic Patrolling with Exploration and Exploitation, In Proceedings of the Twenty Sixth Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI), July 2014. [pdf]

  • Francesco Maria Delle Fave, Yundi Qian , Albert Xin Jiang, Matthew Brown, and Milind Tambe. Planning and Learning in Security Games, In ACM SigEcom Exchanges, Vol. 11, Number 3, 2013. [pdf]

  • Bo An, Matthew Brown, Yevgeniy Vorobeychik, and Milind Tambe. Security Games with Surveillance Cost and Optimal Timing of Attack Execution, In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS), May 2013. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown and Mark Johnston. Experiments with a Parallel Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm for Scheduling, In Proceedings of the Eighth International Workshop on Planning and Scheduling for Space (IWPSS), March 2013. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown, Bo An, Chris Kiekintveld, Fernando Ordˇ˝ez, and Milind Tambe. An Extended Study on Multi-Objective Security Games, Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (JAAMAS), November 2012. [link]

  • Matthew Brown, Bo An, Chris Kiekintveld, Fernando Ordˇ˝ez, and Milind Tambe. Multi-Objective Optimization for Security Games, In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS), June 2012. [pdf]

  • Matthew Brown, Emma Bowring, Shira Epstein, Mufaddal Jhaveri, Rajiv Maheswaran, Parag Mallick, Shannon Mumenthaler, Michelle Povinelli, and Milind Tambe. Applying Multi-Agent Techniques to Cancer Modeling, In Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Multiagent Sequential Decision Making in Uncertain Domains (at AAMAS), May 2011. [pdf]

  • Jason Tsai, Natalie Fridman, Emma Bowring, Matthew Brown, Shira Epstein, Gal Kaminka, Stacy Marsella, Andrew Ogden, Inbal Rika, Ankur Sheel, Matthew Taylor, Xuezhi Wang, Avishay Zilka, Milind Tambe. ESCAPES: Evacuation Simulation with Children, Authorities, Parents, Emotions, and Social Comparison. In Proceedings of the Innovative Applications Track of the Tenth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-agent Systems (AAMAS), May 2011. [pdf]

  • Simon Buckingham Shum, Maarten Sierhuis, Jack Park, and Matthew Brown. Software agents in support of human argument mapping. In Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA), September 2010. [pdf]

Contact Information:
University of Southern California
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) 300
941 Bloom Walk
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781

E-mail: matthew [dot] a [dot] brown [at] usc [dot] edu

Education:
(2015) Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.
(2010) Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Utah.
(2010) Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Utah.