My legal first name is Herbert, but I go by Buster in person and in publication. As of January 2017, I'm a lecturer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Computer Science. My position is primarily a teaching position, however my research topics have included computer networking, transport layer protocols, and social network analysis. When time permits, I'm also a developer for the submissions system, Submitty.

Courses Taught


Conference Proceedings

  1. Holzbauer, B.O., Szymanski, B.K., Nguyen, T., Pentland, A. 2016. "Social Ties as Predictors of Economic Development," Advances in Network Science: 12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X 2016, Wroclaw, Poland. pp.178,185, 11-13 January 2016. [link]
  2. Holzbauer, B.O., Szymanski, B.K.; Bulut, E., "Impact of socially based demand on the efficiency of caching strategy," Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PERCOM Workshops), 2014 pp.401,406, 24-28 March 2014 [link]
  3. Ganguly, B., Holzbauer, B., Kar, K., Battle, K., "Loss-Tolerant TCP (LT-TCP): Implementation and experimental evaluation," MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE, 2012 - MILCOM 2012 pp.1,6. 29 Oct-1 Nov 2012. [link]
  4. Holzbauer, B.O., Szymanski, B.K., and Bulut E. 2012. "Socially-aware market mechanism for participatory sensing," Proceedings of the first ACM international workshop on Mission-oriented wireless sensor networking (MiSeNet '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9-14. [link]

Book Chapters

  1. Holzbauer, B. O., Szymanski B. K., and Bulut, E. "Incentivizing Participatory Sensing via Auction Mechanisms". Opportunistic Mobile Social Networks. Jie Wu, Yunsheng Wang. CRC Press, Aug 2014. pp339-375. Print.


  1. (M.S. Computer & Systems Engineering) "An Implementation of Loss Tolerant Transmission Control Protocol (LT-TCP)", Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  2. (Ph. D. Computer Science) "How Embedding Social Ties In Space Impacts Human Behavior", Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Masters Students


Personal Information


I'm originally from the western part of Colorado, but also spent a few years in the Denver metro area. I've been in Troy, NY for over a decade now, so it's where I think of as "home". Some of my hobbies are baking, coding (big surprise), writing fiction, pen-and-paper roleplaying games, Rock Band Rivals, and World of Warcraft.