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About Dr. Andrew G. West

I am Andrew G. West, a Sr. Research Scientist at Verisign in the Washington D.C. area. In my role with the Strategy & Analytics group I apply deep learning, machine learning, forecasting, and other data science techniques across our domain name business and associated marketing efforts. I publish my research and pursue intellectual property protection via my affiliation with Verisign Labs. Prior to Verisign, I completed my Ph.D. at UPenn in 2013 (MSE 2010) and received my B.Sc. at Washington & Lee University in 2007.
My recent work has focused on: (1) Leveraging deep learning for generative and classification tasks, (2) modeling and forecasting many aspects of the domain name lifecycle, (3) applying big data techniques to Internet-scale quantification problems, and (4) designing crowd-sourced data collection for market measurement and competitive intelligence. Complementing this work are broader research interests that include reputation management, metadata analysis, email/Web 2.0 abuse, underground economies, behavioral profiling, and Internet virality. Though the majority of my insights are now internally facing, my research approach draws from a rigorous background of 35+ peer-reviewed publications and a desire to bring emergent techniques to bear on business problems.
Before my current role, my dissertation research investigated security in "open collaboration" applications. I examined how user-generated content and collaborative semantics change how abuses manifest and can be detected. This yielded tools still in popular use, notably “STiki”, which has been used to remove 1.1+ MILLION damaging revisions from Wikipedia. Media outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education and Gizmodo have recognized my contributions, and I remain an active volunteer in the Wikipedia community. -- my professional website, has my full C.V., copies of my publications, and enumerates my academic and professional involvement.

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June 2013 Present Sr. Research Scientist, Verisign, Inc. ‐ Verisign Labs

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

deep learning, machine learning, forecasting, domains, domain name lifecycle, crowdsourcing, Internet measurement, NLP, big data, data science, Web 2.0 security, anti-abuse, underground economies, reputation management, and Wikipedia

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20072013 PhD, University of Pennsylvania ‐ Computer and Information Science (CIS)
20072010 MSE, University of Pennsylvania ‐ Computer and Information Science (CIS)
20032007 BSc, Washington and Lee University ‐ Computer Science

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Work at Verisign Labs (8)

Collaborative security (quantitative analyses) (10)

Collaborative security and broader perspectives (5)

Trust and reputation management (4)