I joined CMU as a Ph.D. student in the Fall of 2019. I am currently working with Prof. Nicolas Christin. Broadly, I study reputation and social influence in online platforms. I’ve mostly conducted this work in the context of online anonymous marketplaces. I am curious about measuring and evaluating reputational outcomes across platforms (e.g., are reputation systems working?). I also think about how social media affects retail users’ financial decisions (e.g., investing). In the past I have worked in a variety of topics within security: vulnerability reproduction, deep learning for binary analyses, anonymous communications, moving target defenses, usable security, and computer security from legal and organizational perspectives.
I obtained my Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University as a Schreyer Scholar and a member of The Presidential Leadership Academy. I completed my honors thesis under the supervision of Prof. Peng Liu and Prof. Dinghao Wu as a member of the Penn State Cyber Security Lab. In 2023, I was an intern at Microsoft Research’s Plural Technology Collaboratory, mentored by Glen Weyl and Madeleine Daepp. In 2017-18, I was a Research Assistant in the DEDIS Lab at EPFL, under the supervision of Prof. Bryan Ford and Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux. I also interned at Microsoft’s CDP Team and PwC’s Advisory branch in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
I am also the co-founder of Redoux, a fragrance brand born in NY. We have received the inaugural Glossier Grant in 2021, and 2x Architectural Digest Cleverest Awards.
I am a recipient of the Cylab Presidential Fellowship 2022-2023, and the IEEE S&P Distinguished Paper Award (2018).
|Jan 23, 2024
|Our paper on identifying risky vendors in cryptocurrency P2P marketplaces is set to appear at WWW `24, congratulations Taro!
|Jan 20, 2024
|I will be giving talks at Purdue’s CERIAS security seminar on March 6th and at UW’s Security and Privacy Seminar on May 8th.
|Oct 1, 2023
|Our paper on reputation just got accepted to USENIX ‘24!.
|Sep 1, 2023
|My work at MSR on designing an LLM-based chatbot is up on arXiv. The work is under submission and the source code will be released soon.
|May 31, 2023
|I am going to spend the summer at Microsoft Research, in the Plural Technology Collaboratory.