Reed Kelly's Web Site
Updated: 23 October 2010
Who Am I
I am a computer security professional with interests in mathematics, origami, juggling, and many other things. I'm using this site to discuss some of my interests and to share information with my family and friends.
Alas, I am not the amazing Broadway dancer of the same name.
I work extensively with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) products, such as Intellitactics, ArcSight and Sensage. These products provide the ability to collect security events from an entire enterprise and perform automatic actions based on specified criteria. For example, the products can alert an operations team when events arive that indicate the presense of malware in the corporate network.
I also work on application security. This involves analyzing many aspects of an application to determine if it has vulnerabilities that can be exploited. For more information how to analyze applications from a security perspective, check the OWASP web site: http://www.owasp.org.
I have been interested in mathematics since junior high school. My interest was strong enough that I was able to get into Stuyvesant High School in New York. While at Stuyvesant, I joined he math team and eventually co-captained the team with Richard Pan. The team was filled with wiz kids, and some went on to put their talents to great use.
I went to CMU, NYU, Empire State College and received a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stevens Institute of Technology. There was a long gap after CMU, so much of my college education was in night school, while working. If I could do it over again, I would have finished my degree at CMU first, but it didn't work out that way.
Even though I was working in computers, I continued to study math on the side. Areas that I have focused on include: problem solving, number theory, game theory, topology, computability and encryption, logic and graph theory. Lately, I have been focusing on Ramsey Theory. I have a couple topics mentioned on my math web page: Reed's Math Ideas. Check out my paper on tuple-chromatic Ramsey Theory Tuple-Chromatic Ramsey Theory. For cool images related to this theory, check out: tuple-chromatic Ramsey Witnesses
One of the things that I like to do to get new ideas in mathematics is visit the Mathematics section of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Mathematics. Some people say that information found on Wikipedia cannot be trusted, but Wikipedia tries to ensure that all information is attributable. Because of this, you can use Wikipedia to find references to other sources of information. This is how I found many online journals of mathematics, such as The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.
Another site that is incredibly fun is The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Here you can find hundreds of thousands of interesting sequences. Although the site is just integer sequences, many branches of mathematics are represented. In most areas of mathematics you can find something that produces a unique integer sequence. In a way, this represents a kind of DNA for that mathematical topic. Ofcourse, there may be other diciplines that have the same DNA, but that is the beauty of the database. It can be used to connect different areas of mathematics if the same underlying sequence is involved.
Ofcourse, you want to check out the images at http://www.nasa.gov. But I also really love a little program that lets you visualize space by flying to different places and seeing what it would look like from there. The program is Celestia, and you can get it here: Celestia Home. Download this free program and have fun. This program predates Google Earth and the Microsoft's Worldwide Telescope. I think it is still the best of the bunch and you can write your own navigation scripts for it. It has some issues, but it is an amazing program.
If you download Celestia, be sure to check out all the downloadable add-ons for it at: http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/. This site has high-res 3-D models of various objects for you to download. This includes planets, moons, asteroids as well as many man-made space craft.
I cannot do full justice to all the cool aspects of Celestia. Please check it out!