Riley Spahn

Riley Spahn

My name is Riley Spahn. I am currently a computer science Ph.D. student at Columbia University working under Dr. Roxana Geambasu and Dr. Gail Kaiser. I am broadly interested computer systems and I would like to focus on distributed systems, security and related topics.

Research Experience

Columbia University, New York, NY (January 2013-Present)

I am currently working on a project related to fine grained data control in modern operating systems such as Android.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (June-August 2011, May-December 2012)

I worked in the Cyberspace Science and Information Intelligence Research Group (CSIIR) and built distributed systems applications for data analytics using the Storm framework and NodeJS. I also worked on a system call based anomaly detection system.

Auburn University, Auburn, AL (February-May 2011, August 2011-May 2012)

At Auburn I worked under Dr. Xiao Qin and Dr. Orlando Acevedo. Under Dr. Acevedo I built a framework for molecular dynamics simulation framework parallelized using NVIDIA's CUDA architecture. In Dr. Qin's lab I worked on a distributed cryptosystem built on top of Apache Hadoop. I also wrote projects for a future Hadoop based distributed systems class.

Teaching Experience

Head TA, COMS 4156: Advanced Software Engineering (September 2013-December 2013)



Columbia University, Ph.D. Computer Science

Auburn University, B.S. Software Engineering

Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, IB Diploma


riley at cs dot columbia dot edu