WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Computer Science
- Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, Stanford University
- Master's Degree, Computer Science, Stanford University
- Bachelor's Degree, Mathematics with Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
I am a WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor of Computer Science at USC. My research
aims to develop and deploy algorithms and technologies that enable data-driven innovations while preserving privacy and fairness.
Previously, I was a Research Scientist at Google. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where I was a Cisco Systems Stanford Graduate Fellow advised by Prof. Rajeev Motwani and Prof. Ashish Goel. My Ph.D. thesis focused on protecting privacy when mining and sharing user data, and has been recognized by 2011-2012 Arthur L. Samuel Thesis Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in the Computer Science department at Stanford. I am also a co-winner of the 2011 PET Award for exposing privacy violations of microtargeted advertising and a runner-up for the 2015 PET Award for RAPPOR, the first commercial deployment of differential privacy.
Developed differentially private algorithms for common data mining tasks such as search log release and malware detection, leading to the first commercial deployment of differential privacy.
Identified privacy shortcomings in microtargeted advertising, Apple's deployment of differential privacy, and treatment of Bluetooth permissions by mobile OSes, leading to changes in practices and greater transparency.
Showed how automated analyses of users' privacy-related actions can be used to improve product privacy features.
- 2017 Google Security and Privacy Research Award
- 2015 Runner-up for the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
- 2012 Stanford University Arthur L. Samuel Thesis Award
- 2011 Co-Winner of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies
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