McDevitt Chair in Computer Science
I am a Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Georgetown University and an Affiliate Professor at Georgetown Law.
Prior to joining Georgetown, I was at the Department of Computer Science, Ben-Gurion University.
From 2012 to 2017 I visited the Center for Research in Computation and Society (CRCS), Harvard University.
I studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science, under the supervision of Prof. Moni Naor.
Research: I work towards establishing rigorous practices for privacy in computation: identifying problems that result from the collection, sharing, and processing of information, formalizing these problems and studying them towards creating solid practices and technological solutions.
I am particularly interested in intersection points between privacy and various disciplines within and outside computer science including cryptography, machine learning, game theory, complexity theory, algorithmics, statistics, databases, and more recently privacy law and policy.
What is differential privacy? A definition of privacy (in the context of computing over personal data) introduced by 2006 by Dwork, McSherry, Smith and myself. See here for a gentle introduction: Differential Privacy: A Primer for a Non-technical Audience (Preliminary Version).
Is differential privacy privacy? Listen to my talk at the Royal Society (slides). See an opinion piece.
Interested in working with me? I have openings for postdocs and students. If you are interested in data privacy check my publications to get an impression of what I am working on and drop me an email with your background and interests. I would be happy to meet with you to think about possibilities.
- Rethinking Access Pattern Privacy: From Theory to Practice (PI), NSF funded
- Formal Privacy Modeld and Title 13 (Lead PI), US Census funded, Georgetown. (see here and here)
- Computing over Distributed Sensitive Data (PI), NSF funded, Harvard. (see here)
- Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data (Senior Researcher), NSF Funded, Harvard. (see here)
Program committee and organization:
- International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP) track C. Prague, July 9-13, 2018.
- Data Privacy: Foundations and Applications. Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley, Jan. 15-May 17, 2019.
- International Symposium on Cyber Security, Cryptography and Machine Learning (CSCML). Ben-Gurion University, Be'er Sheva, Israel. June 29-30, 2017.
- Data Privacy: Planning Workshop. Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, Berkeley, May 22-24, 2017.
- Differential Privacy: From Theory to Practice. 7th BIU Winter School on Cryptography, Feb. 12-16, 2017.
- Data privacy. Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:15 (fall 2018)
- Introduction to theory. Tuesday, Thursday 11-12:15 (spring 2018)
- Differential privacy. Monday 11:00-1:30 (spring 2017)
Reseach Students/Postdocs/Long-term visitors:
- Prof. Amos Beimel, 2018-present.
- Aloni Cohen, Visiting Graduate Student, 2017, 2018-present.
- Aaron Fluitt, J.D., Computer Science & Privacy Law Fellow, 2017-present.
- George Kellaris, Postdoc, Harvard 2015-2016. Now in TandemLaunch.
- Uri Stemmer, Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University and Postdoc, Harvard 2016-2017. Now in Ben-Gurion University.
- Dan Muise, Underground intern, Harvard, 2015-2016. Now a PhD Candidate at Stanford.
- Eran Omri, Postdoc, Ben-Gurion University. Now in Ariel University.
- Hai Brenner, M.Sc., Ben-Gurion University. Now in IDC.
- Alex Kantor, M.Sc., Ben-Gurion University.
- Rennen Hallak, M.Sc., Ben-Gurion University.
Publications: See my DBLP page and/or Google Scholar page.
- Phone: (202) 687-0295
- Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: 350 St. Mary's Hall.
- 3700 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057.