Larry Bunch

Research Associate

Larry arrived as one of the first graduate research assistants at IHMC in 1991, having received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida. In 1994, he was hired by [Mac]Xperts in Richmond Virginia, where he worked as a software developer and ultimately Technology Director before returning to IHMC as a Research Associate in 2002. He is now ABD (4.0 GPA) for his Masters at UWF.

While at Xperts, Larry led the Advanced Technology Group responsible for developing core technologies for the IEP Online commercial product. He was a key player in evaluating emerging development tools and architecting custom products to reuse Xperts’ core technologies. IEP Online is still going strong nearly 15 years later. Larry also consulted with several well-known corporations. He worked on sales force automation and financial reporting applications for Philip Morris, USA. He led the development of MediaOne Cable’s Enterprise Electronic Payment System responsible for handling payments made through all of MediaOne’s customer call centers. He also consulted with SunTrust Mortgage on key data warehousing and reporting applications.

Since his return to IHMC, Larry’s research interests have focused on cyber security, policy regulation, multi-agent systems, knowledge representation and reasoning. His cyber security contributions include a 3-dimensional visualization for large-scale event data such as network communication using Cisco Netflow data (U.S. patent application #2013/0222387) and an interactive display to enable network operators to understand and control the behavior of distributed network defenses. He also helped develop command and control systems for moving target network defenses and systems to help network analysts make sense of cyber events through visualizations and human-agent teamwork.

In the area of policy regulation and multi-agent systems, Larry has contributed to the KAoS policy services including advanced policy analysis, precedence reasoning, and conflict resolution. He is an inventor of the Luna agent framework (patent in process) and has applied semantic policy reasoning to govern information sharing in US Army tactical environments.

His research in knowledge representation and reasoning includes advanced tools for comparison and analysis of concept maps, a semantic dialect for describing Quality-of-Service tradeoffs in US Air Force information management systems, and reasoning techniques based on free-text search for dynamic information relation discovery (patent in process).

Larry is a bit of a pool shark, enjoys playing soccer, sailing, biking, and partner dancing.