Jim Blythe

I'm a research lead working on human-centered security in the Deter group. I was previously in the Intelligent Systems Division.


I currently work on human agent modeling and experiment design and management in Deter. Current projects include HATS on usable security, joint with Jean Camp at Indiana University, SHUCS (Science of Human-Usable Computer Security) joint with Sean Smith and Dartmouth College and Ross Koppel at U Penn, a new NSF-funded effort on modeling different stakeholders in security, and Deter.

Before this I worked on agent-based traffic generation for the National Cyber Range with Mike Zyda and others, and on usable security with Jean Camp and others at U Indiana. For details on the NCR work, see our IAAI and other papers, or check out this article in The Economist. For details on the usability work, see the paper at IUI 11.

My research interests include agents, knowledge acquisition, planning, applying knowledge-based techniques to improve usability of networked systems and social networks. Previous projects include the Tailor project, Paws, Pegasus, Cognitive grids and Constable.

Here are most of my publications, many of which are also linked to the relevant project pages.

My PhD is from Carnegie Mellon University, on planning under uncertainty.


On the steering committee for the workshop series on Usable Security. Check out the call for 2013, in Okinawa (submissions due November 16th). Co-organized the 2012 Workshop on Usable Security at the conference on Financial Cryptography and Data Security: check out our great program - and the book is out soon!

I co-organized a workshop at AAAI 2005 on planning and scheduling for web services, Grid and autonomic computing. This follows on from two successful workshops at ICAPS, one that I organized in 2004 and one that Jose Luis Ambite organized in 2003.

I was poster session chair for ICAPS 05, treasurer for K-CAP 05 and on the senior program committee for AAAI 05. I am speaker chair for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Southwestern Region, as in 2011. I previously served on program committees for AAAI, IJCAI, ICAPS, AIPS, EWSP, K-CAP, IUI, UAI and others. I was co-chair of the Workflow management research group in the Global Grid Forum.

In fall 2002 I taught Artificial Intelligence Planning, along with Yolanda Gil and Jose Luis Ambite. (I taught this course in Fall 2000 with Yolanda and Jon Gratch and in Fall 98 with Craig Knoblock.)


Here's an old page for my wife, Cathy, who is an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University.

Long ago I played squash, but I've yet to join a club out here in LA. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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