Shakarian, Paulo


Paulo Shakarian, Ph.D. is a Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor (tenure-track) at Arizona State University where he directs the Cyber-Socio Intelligent System (CySIS) Laboratory – specializing in cyber-security, social network analysis, and artificial intelligence.  He has written numerous articles in scientific journals and has authored several books, including Elsevier’s Introduction to Cyber-Warfare and Cambridge’s forthcoming Darkweb Cyber Threat Intelligence Mining.  Recently, his work was featured in major news media including Forbes, the New Yorker, Slate, The Economist, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and the BBC.  He is also a New America Fellow and recipient of the Air Force Young Investigator award, DURIP award, DoD Minerva award, FOSINT-SI Best Paper, MIT Tech. Review “Best of 2013”, and was a DARPA Service Chief’s Fellow.  Previously, Paulo was an officer in the U.S. Army where he served two combat tours in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.  He also previously worked as an Assistant Professor at West Point.

Additionally, he is a founder of two technology companies: IntelliSpyre, Inc. and CrossViral, Inc.  Some of Paulo’s research has seen real-world use.  His SCARE software was used to support counter-IED operations by Task Force Paladin in Afghanistan.  His GANG and SNAKE social network analysis software packages are currently in use by the Chicago Police – information gathered by SNAKE has directly led to arrests.

Paulo holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in computer science from West Point (with a Depth of Study in Information Assurance).


Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
M.S.,Computer Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009
B.S.,Computer Science, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 2002

Honors and awards

  • Best Paper, FOSINT-SI (2016)
  • Fulton Entrepreneurial Professor (2016)
  • Selected for Innovation Showcase at TechConnect 2016 — for invention “Improved Malware Detection Technology”.
  • Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award (2016) — one of 176 funded proposals (622 submitted)
  • Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow, New America (2016)
  • Nominee, Sidney Drell Award (2016)
  • ASU Leadership Academy (2016) — selected through a nomination process
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2015) — one of 59 funded proposals (over 200 proposals submitted)
  • Co-Principal Investigator for a DoD Minerva award (2015) — one of 11 teams awarded the grant (297 proposals submitted)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2014) — awarded by West Point “For exceptionally meritorious service as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.”)
  • MIT Technology Review “Best of 2013” (2013) — selected as one of 12 academic papers uploaded to arXiv in 2013; selected from across all scientific disciplines
  • DARPA Service Chiefs’ Fellowship (2007) — selected as one of four military officers from FORCECOM
  • Several awards for military service not related to scientific or academic contributions including the Bronze Star (2007), the Army Commendation Medal for Valor (2007), and the Combat Action Badge (2005)

Key activities

  • Board Member, Arx Nimbus, 2016-Present
  • Fellow, Cybersecurity Initiative, New America Foundation
  • CEO and Founder, CrossViral, Inc., 2015-Present
  • CEO and Founder, IntelliSpyre, Inc., 2015-Present
  • Assistant Professor, D/EECS, U.S. Military Academy, West Point NY, 2011-2014
  • Consultant, IARPA IcArUs project, 2012-2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2008-2011
  • Military Fellow, DARPA Service Chiefs’ Fellows Program (3 months), 2007
  • Combat tour with First Infantry Division to Baghdad, Iraq (13 months), 2006-2007
  • Combat tour with First Armor Division to Baghdad, Iraq (14 months), 2003-2004
  • Commissioned Officer, U.S. Army, 2002-2014

Research interests

Artificial intelligence, social network analysis, cyber security