Adam D. Smith
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering and
State University, University
Ph.D. (MIT), 2004
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE),
- Papers, talk slides, funded projects
- Courses, students,
info for prospective students
- Our paper Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data
Analysis (with Cynthia Dwork, Frank McSherry and Kobbi Nissim), which introduced differential privacy, won the
2017 Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science.
- I will co-organize a semester-long program, Data Privacy:
Foundations and Applications, at Berkeley's Simons Institute in
Spring 2019. Details will be announced as the program takes
- I am organizing (with Vitaly Feldman, Aaditya Ramdas, and
Aaron Roth) a workshop on adaptive
data analysis at NIPS 2016 in Barcelona (following
up on the 2015 edition).
- July 1, 2016: I am a Professor, without qualification, of Computer Science and Engineering.
- January 2016: Our paper Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data
Analysis (from TCC 2006) received the 2016 TCC Test
of Time Award at TCC 2016-A in Tel Aviv.
- Our project webpage for NSF award IIS-1447700 is now live.
- I am leading the Security and Privacy connector of the NSF's
Northeast Big Data Hub.
- I co-chaired (with Martin Hirt) the program committee of
the Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC 2016-B), held
in Beijing, China in November 2016. (The "B" in the name comes from
the fact that TCC is shifting from January/February to
November/December, and so the conference will occur twice in 2016.)
- I am organizing (with Vitaly Feldman, Moritz Hardt, and Aaron Roth) a workshop on adaptive data analysis at NIPS 2015 in Montreal, Canada.
- I was on sabbatical during 2013-2014 at Boston University (mostly) and Harvard.
- While at BU, we (Sofya Raskhodnikova, Kobbi Nissim, myself and several BU faculty) at RISCS hosted two workshops at the Hariri Institute for Computing, which supported both us and the workshops:
- Aaron Roth and I organized the DIMACS Workshop on Recent Work on Differential Privacy across Computer Science, October 23-26, 2012.
- I gave a tutorial on privacy in statistical databases at CRYPTO
(pdf, 15.7 MB)).
- Trent Jaeger, Jon Katz and I ran a summer
school on cryptography, May 30-June 1, 2012 at
- I was the program chair for ICITS
2012. Proceedings are now online (via Springer).
- July 1, 2010: Promoted to associate professor with tenure. One day, if I'm
lucky, I'll be a completely unqualified professor.
- February 2010: I co-organized a workshop on Statistical
and Learning-Theoretic Challenges in Data Privacy (February 22-26, 2010) at IPAM. More about the
- January 2010: Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), for my NSF CAREER proposal on Rigorous Foundations for Data Privacy.
I am part of the Theory of
Computation and the Systems and
Internet Infrastructure Security (SIIS) groups at Penn State. If
you are interested in cryptography or theoretical computer science,
consider attending the theory seminar
(or at least sign up for the mailing list).
During Fall 2006, before coming to Penn State, I was Securing
Cyberspace at UCLA's IPAM. Previously, I was a
post-doc at the Weizmann
Institute in Rehovot, Israel, hosted by Moni Naor. Before
that, I did a Ph.D. in the Computer
Science and AI Lab at MIT, under the supervision of Madhu Sudan.
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