My research focuses on the goal of making the squishy reality of our everyday world available to computation. My interests span the fields of machine learning, data science, and artificial intelligence.

My PhD thesis focused on the question of how a robot can acquire knowledge through autonomous exploration. As a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, I explored how computers can use both context and feedback to learn the privacy preferences of users of mobile devices. My current research focuses on enabling computers to autonomously and adaptively protect themselves against cyber attacks.


I am a computer science researcher at 21CT specializing in machine learning and AI. I completed a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, and I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

You can read my blog: Kids, Technology, and Fallible Brains and check out my book: The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion.

My presentation for young people on computation and the future: pdf or ppt.

Contact me: jonathanwilliammugan at gmail dot com
or on Twitter at jmugan.

Resume: 2 pages, 3 pages. CV: 5 pages.