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 fourth 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 computational game theory to a wide variety of fields and providing intelligent security systems for domains such as the protection of airports and protecting enterprise networks from cyber adveraries. My recent research interests focus on applying game theory to several cyber-security applications. One project looks at a problem faced by an organization with a large enterprisee which must be protected from intrusions and possible hacks. In this project, we provide solutions which accounts for varying characteristics of cyber alerts raised from Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS) while balancing the varying expertises and efficiencies of analysts on the defender's Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT). Another recent project in cyber security aims to establish a framework for deception of cyber adversaries during the reconnaisance phase of their attack. 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 that my research tackles 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, O. Thakoor, H. Xu, F. Fang, M. Tambe, L. Tran-Thanh, P. Vayanos, Y. Vorobeychik Deceiving Cyber Adversaries: A Game Theoretic Approach, to appear AAMAS 2018

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, in Proceedings 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 [PDF]

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

A. Schlenker, H. Xu, M. Guirguis, C. Kiekintveld, A. Sinha, M. Tambe, S. Sonya, D. Balderas, N. Dunstatter, Towards a Game-theoretic Framework for Intelligent Cyber-security Alert Allocation, The 3rd IJCAI Algorithmic Game Theory Workshop, 2017

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"