Research


Projects and Passions

Overview

My current researches and PhD focus are on developing foundational knowledge for the understanding of cyberspaces. This initially depends on two broad fields within geography: human geography and GIS. My case studies thus far have focused on blockchain-driven systems; theorizing how people produce and shape those cyberspaces and, in turn, how people are changed by them.

A great amount of my initial geographic research is inspired by works on the production of space, political economy, code/space, network society, actor network theory, and digital geography. I also look to the work currently being done in the computer sciences, data sciences, and mathematical schools of thought. I am indebted to the many researchers who have explored how and why the past, present, and future of cyber geographies are important to us all.


Blockchain Technologies

My graduate work is currently focused on the numerous relations that exist within and surrounding blockchain-based technologies. My concentration is on:

  • Spaces of decentralized autonomous organizations
  • Human perceptions and communities related to blockchain-based systems
  • Examination of these systems' geo-economic and geopolitical conditions
    • As virtual currencies
    • As virtual marketplaces
    • As new emergent spaces
  • Deconstruction of blockchain technologies and their representations
    • code, protocols, and algorithms read as a constructed discourse
My extended research path will heavily focus on these efforts, eventually culminating in a series of publications and books.

Defining Cyberspace

I am engaged in reshaping the dialogue towards formalized cyber geographic studies as part of my long-term professional and academic goals. My concentration is on:

  • Consolidated nomenclature and concepts for cyber geography via digital geographic research
  • Analysis of socio-cultural differences in perception of cyberspace and cyberplace
  • Development and implementation of open-source, internationally available frameworks and tools
  • Promote and legitimize cyber geography as a unique field of study to schools around the world
My graduate research will parallel this effort, so I hope to have persistent updates via my news page.

Signals Exploitation

Exploring and interacting with the electromagnetic spectrum that surrounds us has been a hobby of mine since I was a kid. I have developed educational materials to teach people about these concepts and ideas as a means to maintain, develop, and forward my knowledge. My concentration is on:

  • Software Defined Radio
  • Basic Radio Wave and Antenna Theory
  • Manipulation of Radio and Non-radio Hardware using GNURadio
  • Cellular Communications
  • Mobile Platform and Systems Exploits
  • Internet of Things, NFC, and Discrete Logic Systems
Contact me regarding my classes; the class materials are on my GitHub (click the OctoCat below).