Rebecca has a foundation in Math and Computer science. In her undergraduate years, she developed a love for math and logic. In graduate school, she focused on Computer Science, graduating in 2007 with her PhD in Computer Science and a passion for the research process. Her research emphasis was Information Retrieval. While in graduate school, Rebecca contributed to a number of applied research projects including named entity recognition, document clustering, and semi-structured search. As a leader in the Information Retrieval Laboratory, her research resulted in software that was used worldwide.
Rebecca has over 15 years of experience applying AI/ML algorithms to a wide variety of problems and domains. She has conducted fundamental and applied research in cyber network security domains, particularly determining the vulnerabilities of key networks via data mining, behavioral analysis, and binary analysis. Her work has contributed to numerous proposals, publications, and resulted in a patent. Throughout her career, Rebecca has collaborated with a number of research institutes and professors from top universities to research and develop theoretical solutions. One project combined human intelligence, behavioral analysis, social sciences, and natural language processing to predict cyber attacks. Another project utilized machine learning for binary analysis, particularly execution path clustering to reverse engineer and classify binary behavior.
More recently, Rebecca has migrated towards AI/ML for answering complex problems about darknet data. Her work has contributed to cyber risk metrics, convolutional neural networks for image and text classification, statistical analyses, and social network analyses. A large portion of her research is focused around natural language processing techniques applied to different types of data, particularly, the application of large language models to analyze communications on the darknet.
Additionally, Rebecca has been an adjunct professor for over 12 years. She has taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students in network defense, computer forensics, software testing, and algorithmic solutions. Rebecca is excited to be mentoring at Ivy Scholars where she can combine her passions for mentorship, problem solving, and research.
“Success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination. ” – Zig Ziglar
Rebecca has been to 49/50 states and visited over a third of the national parks. Every summer, she moves into her RV and roams around the US with her adorable family.
Based In: Apison, TN
Undergraduate: Southern Adventist University
Graduate: Illinois Institute of Technology