University of Southern California
Research Group

Aaron Schlenker

University of Southern California
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL) 300,
941 Bloom Walk, Los Angeles,
CA 90089, United States

About Me

I am a third year Phd student in the Department of Computer Science at USC. I am a member of the Teamcore Research Group, since August 2014, led by Professor Milind Tambe and the USC Center for AI in Society (CAIS). Previously, I completed my B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science at Butler University in 2014.

Broadly, I am interested in applying game theory to a wide variety of fields. Currently, my research interests lie in the intersection of computational game theory and providing intelligent security systems for critical infrastructure such as airports and ports. My main project is focused on applying game theory to cyber-security applications. Specifically, the problem we are focused on is one where there a large organization has a large enterprise network that needs to be protected from intrusions and possible hacks. I have also completed research on the development of a game-theoretic model and solution algorithms for the screening of passengers by the TSA. A main challenge in these domains is creating algorithms that are robust while still being computational feasible to ensure they can be used in practice.


University of Southern California
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Computer Science
2014 - present

Butler University
Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude
Highest Honors Mathematics & Computer Science
2010 - 2014


Conference Publications

A. Schlenker, H. Xu, M. Guirguis, C. Kiekintveld, A. Sinha, M. Tambe, S. Sonya, D. Balderas, N. Dunstatter, Don't Bury Your Head in Warnings: A Game-Theoretic Approach for Intelligent Allocation of Cyber-security Alerts, to Appear in IJCAI 2017

A. Schlenker, M. Brown, A. Sinha, M. Tambe, Ruta Mehta, Get Me to My GATE On Time: Efficiently Solving General-Sum Bayesian Threat Screening Games, in Proceedings of the 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI), 2016 [link]

M. Brown, A. Sinha, A. Schlenker, M. Tambe, One Size Does Not Fit All: A Game-Theoretic Approach for Dynamically and Effectively Screening for Threats, in Proceedings of 30th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), 2016

Workshop Papers

S. Mc Carthy, A. Schlenker, M. Tambe, C. Kiekintveld, Multi-Agent Patrolling on a Budget: Finding the Best Team for the Job, AAMAS Workshop on Optimization in Multi-Agent Systems (OPTMAS).

Honors Thesis at Butler University

A. Schlenker, "Generalized Mandelbrot Sets"

Curriculum Vitae

Cirriculum Vitae