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A Whole Team Deserves Credit


Hello: I am referring to the article published under “Code Red Research” in the November 2010 Prism. I am very appreciative of your highlighting my research and ARMOR software.

However, the article doesn’t accurately describe development of the software, which allows for the “intelligent randomization” of security deployments. It suggests that it was all the work of Praveen Parachuri.

Praveen was my Ph.D. student, and I am extremely proud of the thesis he produced. However, it was not Praveen who built ARMOR. There was a completely different set of students who operationalized his research in ARMOR (it’s not a trivial exercise to understand how to build a real-world system from an abstract algorithm) and deployed it at LAX. Then a different set of algorithms, developed by another team in my lab, was deployed by the air marshals.

It demoralizes an entire team when the hard work of a dozen members, who put in many, many late nights, is not given credit in a prestigious magazine such as yours. I hope some correction will be offered.

 

Thank You,

—Milind Tambe
Professor, Computer Science and Industrial
and Systems Engineering Departments
University of Southern California



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