Jeremy J. Blum


Contact Information

Email: jjb24 (at) psu (dot) edu
Phone: 717-948-6686
Address:  255W Olmstead
Department of Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences
Penn State Harrisburg
777 Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057


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Jeremy J. Blum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Penn State Harrisburg (PSH). His research interests falls broadly within the areas of computer security and the inter-disciplinary area of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Within the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, he has a dual focus on the scalability and security aspects of vehicular wireless communication and agent-based optimization of computationally intractable transportation network problems. Most recently, through a collaboration with the electric power industry, he has begun research on the computer security in critical infrastructure other than the transportation sector.

Prior to PSH, he worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) at the George Washington University. At CISR, he worked on research projects to support a range of intelligent transportation systems and advanced vehicle safety. This research included drowsy/fatigued driver detection, intelligent speed adaptation, data mining of vehicle structural and accident record databases, and inter-vehicle communication. Prior to this, he worked as a programmer for ten years in commercial and academic settings. At Oakhurst Systems, for example, he led the development of shrink-wrapped, sales-force automation software.


  • D.Sc. in Computer Science, The George Washington University
  • M.S. in Computational Sciences (Applied Mathematics), The George Washington University
  • B.A. in Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

Teaching - Selected Courses Taught

  • Cmpsc 430: Database Design
  • Cmpsc 438: Computer Network Architecture and Programming
  • Cmpsc 444: Secure Programming
  • Cmpsc 462: Data Structures
  • Cmpsc 463: Design and Analysis of Algorithms
  • Cmpsc 475: Mobile Applications Programming
  • Cmpsc 497: Data Mining
  • Comp 517: Computer Security

Teaching - Selected Curricular Development

  • Data Science Option for Computer Science (in progress)
  • Special topics courses in Data Mining at undergraduate level and graduate level (2014, 2015, 2017).
  • Special topic courses in Algorithmic Game Theory (2020).

Selected Publications

  • A. Ahmed, J. Leppo, M. Lesniewski, R. Patel, J.J. Blum. "A Heuristic Evaluation Function for Hand Strength Estimation in Gin Rummy," Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), 2021.
  • B. Goldstein, J.-P. Astudillo Guerra, E. Haigh, B. Cruz Ulloa, J.J. Blum. "Extracting Learned Discard and Knocking Strategies from a Gin Rummy Bot," Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), 2021.
  • Y.-C. Lin, J.J. Blum. "Feature Transformation and Simulation of Short Term Price Variability in Reinforcement Learning for Portfolio Management," Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim20), 2020.
  • V.K. Ravi, J.J. Blum. "Using Hidden Markov Model to Perform Sequence Mining in Market Basket Data," ISSAT Conference on Data Science and Intelligent Systems, 2019.
  • J.J. Blum, S. Huang, P. Seraneeprakarn, N. Venkataraman, V. Shankar. "An Implementation Framework for Random Parameter Models for Crash Frequency Prediction and Safety Investment Prioritization on the Washington State DOT Highway Network." Washington State DOT Technical Report WA-RD 886.1, 2018.
  • N. Venkataraman, V. Shankar, J. Blum, B. Hariharan, J.Y. Hong. "Transferability Analysis of Heterogeneous Overdispersion Parameter Negative Binomial Safety Performance Functions: A Case Study from California." Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2016.
  • J. Blum. "Security services provided by the IEEE Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments standards: Limitations and implications for intelligent cooperative driving and autonomous connected vehicles." Intl Conf on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, 55-6, 2015.
  • H. Celikoglu, R. Hudson, J. Blum, V. Ravi. "Introduction to parallelization of a quasi-anisotropic mesoscopic model for network traffic simulation." IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conf, 322-9, Sep 2015.
  • Kwon, D., Shankar, V., Oh, J., Venkataraman, N., and Blum, J. "A Behaviour Based Framework for Assessing Nonmotorized Exposure for Safety and Security Analysis," Road Safety and Simulation International Conference (RSS2013), October 2013.
  • Shankar, V., Kwon, D., Venkataraman, N., and Blum, J. "A Joint Model of Relative Risk of Exposure and Pedestrian Flow Measures," Road Safety and Simulation International Conference (RSS2013), October 2013.
  • Blum, J.J., and Mathew, T.V., "Implications of the Computational Complexity of Transit Route Network Redesign for Metaheuristic Optimization Systems," IET Intelligent Transport Systems, 6 (2), pp. 124-31, June 2012.
  • Blum, J., and Mathew, T. V., "Intelligent Agent Optimization of Urban Bus Transit System Design," ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 25(5), pp. 357-69, September/October 2011.
  • Blum, J., Natarajan, R., and Eskandarian, A. (2010) "Synchronization Challenges in Media Access Coordination for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks," Wireless Communications & Mobile Computing, 11(7), pp. 954-63, July 2011.
  • Blum, J., Sridhar, A., and Mathew, T. (2010) "Origin-Destination Matrix Generation from Boarding-Alighting and Household Survey Data for a Large Multi-modal Public Transit System," Transportation Research Record (TRR), Journal of the Transportation Research Board, pp. 1-8, December 2010.
  • Blum, J. and Okusun, P. (2010) "Privacy Implications of the Traffic Probe Message Service," IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, 342-347.
  • Blum, J., Scullion, P., Morgan, R., Digges, K., and Kan, C.-D., "Structural Attributes of the Striking Vehicle that Control Aggressivity toward the Struck-Vehicle in Frontal Collisions," International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury Conference, pp. 189-99, Sept. 2009.
  • Arhin, S., Eskandarian, A., Blum, J., and Delaigue, P. (2008) "Development and Evaluation of an Advanced Intelligent Speed Adaptation System," Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 222(9), pp. 1603-14.
  • Blum, J., Scullion, P., Morgan, R., Digges, K., Kan, C.D., Park, S., and Bae, H., "Vehicle Related Factors that Influence Injury Outcome in Head-On Collisions," 52nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, 10 pages, Oct. 2008.
  • Blum, J. and Eskandarian A. (2007) "A Reliable Link Layer Protocol for Robust and Scalable Inter-Vehicle Communications," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 8 (1), 4-13.
  • Hoffman, L., Lawson-Jenkins, K., and Blum, J. (2006) "Trust beyond Security: An Expanded Trust Model," Communications of the ACM 49, 7.
  • Blum, J., Eskandarian, A., and Hoffman, L. (2004) "The Challenges of Inter-Vehicle Ad Hoc Networks," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 5(4), 347-51.
  • Blum, J., Ding, M., Thaeler, A., and Cheng, X. (2004) "Applications of Connected Dominating Sets in Wireless Networks," Handbook of Combinatorial Optimization, D.-Z. Du and P. Pardalos (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 329-69.
  • Blum, J., and Eskandarian, A. (2004) "The Threat of 'Intelligent' Collisions", IEEE IT Professional, 6(1), 24-9.
  • Blum, J. and Eskandarian, A. (2002) "Enhancing Intelligent Agent Collaboration for Flow Optimization of Railroad Traffic", Transportation Research: Part A, 36(10), 919- 30.

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • (co-PI) "Safety Performance Functions for Washington State", sponsored by Washington State DOT, $450000, 2016-2017
  • (PI) "Exploratory Analysis of Roadway Design Criteria Deviation Patterns", PSU, $17250, 2015.
  • (PI) "New Failure Modes and Security Vulnerabilities in Software Defined Networking", PSU Research Council, $7500, 2014-2015.
  • (PI) "RoboMetrix Remote Control App," RoboMetrix, LLC, 2014.
  • (PI) "Adaptable HoneyPot Systems for the Protection of the Power Grid from Computer Security Attacks," subcontract from the NSF-PFI grant at Penn State Harrisburg (Dr. Marian Walters, PI), 2011-2012.
  • (PI) "In-kind Contribution of Equipment for Adaptable Honeypot Systems for the Protection of the Power Grid from Computer Security Attacks," Novatech LLC, 2011-2012.
  • (PI) "International Research Fellowship Program: Intelligent Agent Optimization of Transit Route Network Design", National Science Foundation, 2008-2010.
  • (PI) "Investigation of Communications Considerations in the Simulation of VII-Enabled Applications", George Washington University, 2007-2008.

Selected External Service Activies

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (2019-present).
  • IEEEXtreme Global Programming Contest, Co-organizer (2014-2016), Judge (2016-2019).
  • Communication Networks Subcommittee Member, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Soc., 2008-2017.
  • Member of Conference Technical Program Committee: Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence (2021), IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conf (2013-2021); Big Data in Simulation Track at Winter Simulation Conference (2019), Communications and Networking Simulation Symposium (2015, 2019); Intl Conf on Internet of Vehicles (2014, 2016), Internet of Things Services and Mobile Services (2014); IEEE/SAE International Conf on Connected Vehicles & Expo (2013-2014); IEEE Intl Symp on Wireless Vehicular Communications (2011-2013); Intl Conf on Connnected Vehicles (2012); IEEE Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communication (2011); IEEE Vehicular Technology Conf: Vehicular Electronics and Telematics Track (2011).

Awards and Honors

  • Mentored first and second place teams, Educational Advances in Artificial Intelligence Gin Rummy Bot Competition, 2020-2021.
  • Top 10 Best Research Paper of the Decade, 2000-2009, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2013.
  • Selected teaching awards: Penn State Teaching Fellow (2019), Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology (2016), James A. Jordan, Jr. Award for Outstanding Dedication and Achievement in Education, Penn State Harrisburg Graduating Class (2014), Distinguished Honors Faculty Program, Schreyer Honors College (2012-2014), Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State Harrisburg (2013)