Speaker: Cynthia Phillips
Title: Combinatorial Algorithms for National Security
Abstract: Working at a national laboratory can be somewhere in between academia and industry. I will describe my perspective of what makes working at a lab unique, based on my experience in the Computing Research Center at Sandia National Laboratories. I will mention skills that will help a researcher succeed in this environment, many just those that will help anywhere. The constraints and priorities of national-security problems often give even abstracted problems unusual twists. I will summarize some example research projects from data science (streaming data management for cybersecurity, cooperative computing among autonomous data centers for counterterrorism) to solvers (highly parallel branch and bound) to the intersection of government and industry (e.g. sensor placement for municipal water networks with the US EPA).