Taylor “T.J.” Canann

Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Initiatives Cybersecurity Policy Program
Bio & Writings CV/Resume
Dr. Taylor Canann is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Salem Center in the McCombs School of Business, where he studies cyber policy, the economics of information and cybersecurity, and computational economics. He is also a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center and a Lecturer in both the School of Law and the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM) in McCombs. The current focus of Dr. Canann’s research is at the intersection of game theory and cybersecurity. For example, he studies how policies impact the hacker labor market and how both software user decision making and hacker decision making should impact the optimal vulnerability disclosure policy. Dr. Canann graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics and received a B.S. in both economics and mathematics from Brigham Young University.

Academic

Postdoctoral Fellow, Salem Center for Policy, Austin, TX.   2019-

Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas, St Paul, MN.   2018-2019

Education

PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.   2019

MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.   2018

BS, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.   2013

BS, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.   2013

Research Experience

Research Assistant, Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA. Dr. Kenneth Judd.   2013-2019

Research Assistant, MCL, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Dr. Richard Evans, Dr. Kerk Phillips, and Dr. Brennan Platt.   2010-2014

Research Assistant, Mathematics Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Dr. Rodney Forcade.  2013-2014

Teaching Experience

Lecturer, University of Texas, IROM, Austin, TX.   2019-

Lecturer, University of Texas, School of Law, Austin, TX.   2019-

Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.   2015-2019

Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.   2014-2015

Assistant Head Grader, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.   2015

Teaching Assistant, MCL, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.   2014

Teaching Assistant, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.   2013-2014

Publications

“Toward a Theory of Vulnerability Disclosure Policy: A Hacker’s Game”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2019

“Determinants of Short-Term Lender Location and Interest Rates”, with Richard W. Evans, Journal of Financial Services Research, 2014

Working Papers

“Industry-Level Baseline Risk of COVID-19 Infection”, with Carlos Carvalho and Richard Lowery, Mercatus Working Paper, June 2020

Papers in Progress

“Solving Large Systems of Equations from Economics via the Modular Gröbner Basis Approach”, with Kenneth Judd

“Rethinking Optimal Liver Transplantation: Position-Indexed Dynamic Matching with Type-Specific Wait-lists”

“Comparing Commodity-to-Fiat Based Risk Within Competing Cryptocurrencies”, with Samuel Kaplan

“Cyber Systemic Risk in Cases of Strategic Contagion”, with Samuel Kaplan

Presentations

Toward a Theory of Vulnerability Disclosure Policy: A Hacker’s Game. GameSec, Stockholm, Sweden.   2019

Toward a Theory of Vulnerability Disclosure Policy: A Hacker’s Game. Midwest Economic Association Meetings, Evanston, IL.  2018

Software Vulnerability Disclosure Policy: A Hacker’s Game. BYU Graduate Student Research Conference, Provo, UT.   2018

Rethinking Optimal OPO and Liver Transplant Regions. BYU Graduate Student Research Conference, Provo, UT.   2018

Solving Polynomial Systems of Equations. New Innovations in Computational Economics, Stanford, CA.   2018

Software Vulnerability Disclosure Policy: A Hacker’s Game. IHS Summer Graduate Research Colloquium, Towson, MD.   2017

Solving Large Polynomial Equations with Gröbner Bases. Innovations in Computational Economics, Stanford, CA.   2016

Parallel Implementation of the Modular Approach to Gröbner Bases. Innovations in Computational Economics, Stanford, CA.  2014

Blood in the Water: Where do Loan Sharks Locate? Mary Lou Fulton Poster Conference, Provo, UT.   2013

Local Minima in Lattice-Simplex Coverings: New Results and Conjectures. BYU Math Department Student Research Conference, Provo, UT.   2013

Honors and Awards

Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Distinguished Instructor, Minneapolis, MN.  2016-2018

Department of Economics, University of Minnesota, Edward Coen Fellowship, Minneapolis, MN.   2014-2015

Workshop on Economic Applications of Algebraic Geometry, Invited Participant, Stanford, CA.   2013

Two Dimensions of Short-Term Consumer Credit Lender Deci- sions: Where to Locate and What Interest Rate, ORCA Grant, Provo, UT.   2012-2013

Department of Economics, Brigham Young University, Economics Department Scholarship, Provo, UT.   2012-2013

Computer Skills

Programming Languages: Python, Matlab, Mathematica, Maple, Singular, Bertini, C++, Java, C, Stata

Languages

English: Native

Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent