bradford boyle

Bradford D. Boyle

I am a data engineer & scientist working at a big data security analytics startup in Menlo Park, CA. In a previous lifetime, I worked on problems involving combinatorial optimization, mutltiterminal information theory, and networking.


Current as of 2016-06-11

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Industry Experience

sift security

Sift Security

  • Title: Data Scientist & Developer
  • Location: Menlo Park, CA
  • Duration: September 2015 to present
  • Stealth mode enterprise security startup combining big data technologies, graph databases, and machine learning
  • Contributed to the development of an ingestion pipeline utilizing Kafka, Spark, and HBase/Cassandra
  • Facilitated the implementation of detection algorithms on a variety of data sources driven by security use-cases
  • Member of a small team of developers in an Agile environment & served as scrum master
  • Engaged with and supported pilot customers in deploying, utilizing, and leveraging our platform
  • Managed company infrastructure using AWS, LDAP, JIRA, GitLab, and Jenkins

Cisco Systems, Inc

  • Title: Software Engineer (Graduate Intern)
  • Location: Boxborough, MA
  • Duration: June 2012 to September 2012
  • Member of the Software Defined Networking Agent (SDNA) team in the Network Operating Systems Technology Group (NOSTG) that was developing an Openflow agent for NX-OS, IOS, and IOS-XR
  • Designed, deployed, and maintained a development testbed of VMs on a Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server
  • Configured and deployed Python, Perl, and PowerShell APIs for developer management of VMs
  • Ported Open vSwitch to the Nexus 7000 line of switches to provide a proof-of-concept Openflow compatible Nexus 7000
  • Developed a POX-based Openflow controller to demonstrate correct handling of flow rules and packet handling on the proof-of-concept Nexus 7000 Openflow agent
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  1. J. Ren, B. D. Boyle, G. Ku, S. Weber, and J. M. Walsh, "Overhead Performance Tradeoffs—A Resource Allocation Perspective," IEEE Trans. Inf. Theory, vol. 62, no. 6, Jun. 2016
  2. B.D. Boyle and J. Ren, J. M. Walsh, and S. Weber, "Interactive Scalar Quantization for Distributed Resource Allocation," IEEE Trans. Signal Process., vol. 64, no. 5, Mar. 2016


  1. B. D. Boyle and S. Weber, "Primal-Dual Characterizations of Jointly Optimal Transmission Rate and Scheme for Distributed Sources," Data Compression Conf. (DCC), March 2014
    [paper] [expanded version] [slides]
    • Subset of material presented by S. Weber at Information Theory & Applications (ITA), February 2014
  2. B. D. Boyle, J. M. Walsh, and S. Weber, "Distributed Scalar Quantizers for Subband Allocation," Conf. Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), March 2014
    [paper] [slides]
  3. J. Hummel, A. McDonald, V. Shah, R. Singh, B. D. Boyle, T. Huang, N. Kandasamy, H. Sethu, and S. Weber, "A Modular Multi-Location Anonymized Traffic Monitoring Tool for a WiFi Network," ACM Conf. Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY) (Outstanding Poster Award), March 2014
    [paper] [poster]
  4. B. D. Boyle, J. M. Walsh, and S. Weber, "Channel Dependent Adaptive Modulation and Coding Without Channel State Information at the Transmitter," IEEE Int. Conf. Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), May 2013
    [paper] [poster] [expanded version]
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Research Projects


BIGDATA: Small: DA: Mining Large Graphs Through Subgraph Sampling

  • Investigators: Harish Sethu and Steven Weber
  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) Program for Big Data Science & Engineering, Award # 1250786
  • Duration: October 2013 to Present (ongoing)

TTP: Medium: Securing the Wireless Philadelphia Network

  • Investigators: Steven Weber, Kapil Dandekar, Spiros Mancoridis, and Harish Sethu
  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF) Program for Secure & Trustworthy Cyberspace, Award # 1228847
  • Duration: September 2012 to Present (ongoing)

Overhead-Performance Tradeoffs in Distributed Wireless Networks

  • Investigators: John MacLaren Walsh, Steven Weber, Leonard J. Cimini, and Javier Garcia-Frias
  • Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Award # FA9550-12-1-0086
  • Duration: May 2012 to Present (ongoing)

Cognitive Networking

  • Investigators: Steven Weber and Kapil Dandekar
  • Sponsor: U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM)
  • Duration: September 2010 to May 2012

CREW Network Centric Operations

  • Investigators: Moshe Kam, Kapil Dandekar, and John MacLaren Walsh
  • Sponsor: U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC)
  • Duration: June 2008 to September 2010

Situation-Aware Protocols in Edge Network Technologies (SAPIENT)

  • Investigators: Moshe Kam and Spiros Mancoridis
  • Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL)
  • Duration: September 2006 to June 2008
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