Cylab Distinguished Seminar

  • Robert Mehrabian Collaborative Innovation Center
  • Distributed Education Classroom 1201
  • Professor of Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Courant Institute
  • New York University

The Decaying Art of Lying: Phooling, Phaking and Phishing

Mark Twain wrote: "the Lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man's best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth.” With advances of the Internet Technology, Governmental, Academic and Commercial institutions seemed to have joined forces to make Twain’s prediction all but true. We examine the nature of deception (in biology and technology) using the framework of signaling games.


  • Information Asymmetry, Signaling Games, Risks and Deception
  • Signaling Games On the Internet (& Biology)
  • Costly Signaling, Block Chains, Verifiers and Recommenders
  • Circulating Money via Signaling Games
  • Value-Storing Money via Signaling Games
  • Case Studies: Identity
  • Data Science and Cyber Security

This talk will focus on Cyber Security and their implications for Privacy, Anonymity, Data Science, Finance and Market Micro-structure.

Professor Bud Mishra is a professor of computer  science and mathematics at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, professor of engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, professor of human genetics at MSSM (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine), visiting scholar in quantitative biology at CSHL (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) and a professor of cell biology at NYU SoM (School of Medicine).

Prof. Mishra has industrial experience in Computer and Data Science (aiNexusLab, ATTAP,, brainiad, Genesis Media, Pypestream, and Tartan Laboratories), Finance (Instadat, Pattern Recognition Fund and Tudor Investment), Robotics and Bio- and Nanotechnologies (Abraxis, Bioarrays, InSilico, MRTech, OpGen and Seqster). He is the author of a textbook on Algorithmic Algebra and more than two hundred archived publications. He has advised and mentored more than 37 graduate students and post-docs in the areas of computer science, robotics and control engineering, applied mathematics, finance, biology and medicine. He holds 21 issued and 23 pending patents in areas ranging over robotics, model checking, intrusion detection, cyber security, emergency response, disaster management, data analysis, biotechnology, nanotechnology, genome mapping and sequencing, mutation calling, cancer biology, fintech, adtech, edtech, internet architecture and linguistics.

Prof. Mishra’s pioneering work includes: first application of model checking to hardware verification; first robotics technologies for grasping, reactive grippers and work holding; first single molecule genotype/haplotype mapping technology (Optical Mapping); first analysis of copy number variants with a segmentation algorithm, first whole-genome haplotype assembly technology (SUTTA), first clinical-genomic variant/base calling technology (TotalRecaller), first single molecule single cell nanomapping technology, etc. Prof. Mishra’s ongoing work (in progress) continues in the areas of single-molecule nano-mapping (with Gimzewski, Reed et al.), clinical genomics (with Burzycki, Cantor, Narzisi, Reed et al.), liquid biopsies (with Jee, Nudler et al.), cancer and immunology (with Antoniotti, Bannon, Cantor, Grossman, Korsunsky, Rabadan, Ramazzotti, Zhavoronkov et al.), cyber security (with Casey, Morales, Moore, Novak et al.), cryptography (with Gvili, Janwa, Kahrobaei et al.), linguistics (with Chakraborty, Rinberg, Tamaskar, Young et al.) financial engineering (with Deboneuill, Qi, Subramaniam, et al.) and internet of the future (with Rudolph, Savas, Weill et al.).

Prof. Mishra has a degree in Science from Utkal University, in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He is a fellow of IEEE, ACM and AAAS, a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT (Kharagpur), and a NYSTAR Distinguished Professor.

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