
Raef Bassily
Postdoctoral Scholar Please, click here to be directed to my new webpage

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 privacypreserving 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 informationtheoretic 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.
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R. Bassily, K. Nissim, A. Smith, T. Steinke, U. Stemmer, and J. Ullman, Algorithmic Stability for Adaptive Data Analysis.
In preparation.
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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.
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R. Bassily and A. Smith, Local, Private, Efficient Protocols for Succinct Histograms.
To appear at ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2015).
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R. Bassily, A. Thakurta, and A. Smith, Private Empirical Risk Minimization, Revisited.
arXiv:1405.7085 [cs.LG], 2014.
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R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels.
arXiv:1409.3893 [cs.IT], 2014.
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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.)
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R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels, ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
(SODA 2014), Portland, OR, Jan. 2014.
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R. Bassily, A. Groce, J. Katz, A.
Smith, CoupledWorlds Privacy: Exploiting Adversarial
Uncertainty in Statistical Data Privacy, FOCS 2013, Berkeley, CA, Oct. 2013.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus,
DecodeandForward Based Strategies for Secrecy in MultipleRelay Networks,
IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking
Conference, Paris, France, April 2012.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf
Cooperation for Secrecy with a MultiAntenna Helper,
46th Annual Conference on Information
Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, NJ, March 2012.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf
Cooperation for Secrecy in MultipeRelay Networks, IEEE Globecom, Houston, TX, December 2011.
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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.
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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.
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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 Cybersecurity and Privacy, 30(5):1628, September 2013.
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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):15441554, 2013.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf
Cooperation for Secrecy with Multiple Antennas at the Helper,
IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics
and Security, 7(6):18551863, December 2012.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Secure
Communication in Multiple Relay Networks Through DecodeandForward Strategies, Journal of Communications and
Networks, special issue on Physical Layer Security, 14(4):352363, August 2012.
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R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Ergodic Secret
Alignment, IEEE Transactions on Information
Theory, 58(3):15941611, March 2012.
In Spring 2011, I received the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award for the school year of 20102011 from the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Maryland, College Park.