Cormac Herley

I am a Principal Researcher in the Machine Learning Department at Microsoft Research. I am interested in data and signal analysis problems that reduce complexity and remove pain points for users. My current interests include economics, authentication, safety and data-driven security. There are links to some papers and projects below.

Before Microsoft I was at HP Labs for five years. I received my PhD from Columbia University, my MSEE from Georgia Tech and my BE from University College Cork, Ireland. 

Here's a short profile of me done by MSR. Some media coverage of my work: All Things Considered (NPR), the Boston Globe, the NY Times, Wired, theAtlantic, Bloomberg TVThe Economist, the Wall St Journal.

My email is my firstname at microsoft dot com.

Three Recent papers:


Users, Security Advice and Avoiding Harm:


Economics of Cybercrime: 

Safety and Security:

P2P and Networking:


Image Processing:



Press Coverage and Other Stuff 

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