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Kyle Benson,
 
PhD Student
University of California, Irvine
kebenson@uci.edu

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I am a current PhD student at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Computer Science studying Networks and Distributed Systems under my advisor Nalini Venkatasubramanian, who heads the Distributed Systems Middleware group.  My research focuses primarily on reliable sensing and communication during disaster scenarios that stress or damage infrastructure-based networks.  Currently, I am continuing work on the Safe Community Awareness and Alerting Network (SCALE) project that aims to leverage Internet of Things devices to extend a safe home to everyone, including vulnerable populations, at a low incremental cost.  As part of my research focus, I am working on a middleware solution for intelligently distributing analytics across these devices and leverage local as well as cloud compute resources to improve the system's reliability.