Sean McPherson

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Sean McPherson

Ph.D. Student

Department of Electrical Engineering - Systems

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

E-mail: smcphers at

Advisor: Antonio Ortega

Research Interests

  • Analysis of Network Traces
  • Non-uniform Sampling Techniques
  • Anomaly Detection Methods


  • Sep. 2005-present: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • Ph.D. student, Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems
  • Sep. 2005-May 2007: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, May 2009, Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems
  • Jan. 2002-Dec. 2004: University of Miami, Miami, FL
    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - Audio Engineering, Dec. 2004, Department of Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience

  • Broadcom: May 2006-Aug. 2006
    • Intern in Bluetooth Audio Group
    • Research in Beamforming for Noise Reduction, and Filter-Bank implementation

Fellowships / Awards

  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering Doctoral Fellowship (Sep. 2005-May 2009)

Skills / Tools

  • Proficient in C/C++ (including GUI programming), MatLab, and Asm/C for DSP.
  • Working knowledge of Windows and UNIX systems.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • S. McPherson and A. Ortega, "Analysis of Internet Measurement Systems for Optimized Anomaly Detection System Design". Available on Arxiv, Originally released July 2009. PDF Format
  • S. McPherson and A. Ortega, "Improved Internet Traffic Analysis via Optimized Sampling". To Appear in 2010 IEEE Intl. Conf. on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP'10), Dallas, March 2010. PDF Format

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