Dr. Scott Kohn is an Associate Program Leader in the Information Operations and Analytics Program in Global Security and a Group Leader in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Scott leads a cyber security research program of about 20 FTEs that focuses on developing new algorithms and analytics for detecting malicious cyber activities in streaming data and in massive collections of archived data. He is interested in high-speed streaming cyber analytics, machine learning applied to protocol analysis, high-performance computing approaches for analyzing large communication networks, architectural trade-offs (distributed memory, shared memory, cloud technologies), programming models, and distributed algorithms.
Previously, Scott has held various positions at the Laboratory, including project leader for SAMRAI, principal investigator for the Component Technologies Project (R&D 100 winner), and principal investigator for the WGASA (Whole Genome Analysis through Scalable Algorithms) project. Scott likes to believe his work history demonstrates versatility and a broad skill set rather than an inability to focus.
Dr. Kohn received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Bucky!) in 1990. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego in 1995. Following graduation, he was an NSF postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD. He joined the Laboratory in 1996. From 2003-2004, he was the Director of Information Technology for OpGen, a biotechnology start-up company in Madison, WI, developing novel techniques for large-scale genomic analysis.