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I am a postdoc in Computer Science & Engineering at University of California San Diego and California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2). Before I joined UCSD, I was a postdoc in CS at Penn State working with Adam Smith. My research interests are privacy-preserving data analysis, statistical and machine learning, information and coding theory, security, and wireless communication. My research focuses on developing theoretical foundations and practical algorithms for analysis and transmission of information under adversarial conditions. In my work, I have taken an approach that combines new ideas and algorithmic techniques with tools from information theory, statistics, and convex optimization.
I did a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park under the supervision of Sennur Ulukus where I conducted research in the area of information-theoretic security. Between January and August 2012, I worked as a Research Assoc. in the Crypto/Theory lab in the CS department at University of Maryland under the supervision of Jonathan Katz. Before my Ph.D., I had a B.S. (2003) and MSc. (2006) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Mathematics, respectively, from Cairo University, Egypt.
· R. Bassily, K. Nissim, A. Smith, T. Steinke, U. Stemmer, and J. Ullman, Algorithmic Stability for Adaptive Data Analysis. In preparation.
· R. Bassily, A. Smith, T. Steinke, and J. Ullman, More General Queries and Less Generalization Error in Adaptive Data Analysis. arXiv:1503.04843 [cs.LG], March 2015.
· R. Bassily and A. Smith, Local, Private, Efficient Protocols for Succinct Histograms. To appear at ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2015).
· R. Bassily, A. Thakurta, and A. Smith, Private Empirical Risk Minimization, Revisited. arXiv:1405.7085 [cs.LG], 2014.
· R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels. arXiv:1409.3893 [cs.IT], 2014.
R. Bassily, A. Thakurta, and A. Smith, Differentially Private Empirical Risk Minimization: Efficient Algorithms and Tight Error Bounds, IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science
(FOCS 2014), Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 2014, to appear.
(Also in ICML workshop on learning, security and privacy (presentation only), Beijing, June 2014.)
· R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels, ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2014), Portland, OR, Jan. 2014.
· R. Bassily, A. Groce, J. Katz, A. Smith, Coupled-Worlds Privacy: Exploiting Adversarial Uncertainty in Statistical Data Privacy, FOCS 2013, Berkeley, CA, Oct. 2013.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Decode-and-Forward Based Strategies for Secrecy in Multiple-Relay Networks, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Paris, France, April 2012.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy with a Multi-Antenna Helper, 46th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, NJ, March 2012.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy in Multipe-Relay Networks, IEEE Globecom, Houston, TX, December 2011.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Ergodic Secret Alignment for the Fading Multiple Access Wiretap Channel, IEEE International Conference on Communications, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2010.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, A New Achievable Ergodic Secrecy Rate Region for the Fading Multiple Access Wiretap Channel, 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communications, Control and Computing, Monticello, IL, September 2009.
· R. Bassily, E. Ekrem, X. He, E. Tekin, J. Xie, M. Bloch, S. Ulukus, A. Yener, Cooperative Security at the Physical Layer: A Summary of Recent Advances, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, special issue on Signal Processing for Cyber-security and Privacy, 30(5):16-28, September 2013.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation and Relay Selection Strategies for Secure Communication in Multiple Relay Networks, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 61(6):1544-1554, 2013.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy with Multiple Antennas at the Helper, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 7(6):1855-1863, December 2012.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Secure Communication in Multiple Relay Networks Through Decode-and-Forward Strategies, Journal of Communications and Networks, special issue on Physical Layer Security, 14(4):352-363, August 2012.
· R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Ergodic Secret Alignment, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 58(3):1594-1611, March 2012.
In Spring 2011, I received the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award for the school year of 2010-2011 from the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Maryland, College Park.