Ashwin Machanavajjhala

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
D329, Levine Research Science Building
Duke University, Durham NC 27708

Phone: 919-660-6590


Short Bio: My primary research interests lie in data privacy, systems for massive data analytics, and statistical methods for information extraction and entity resolution. Previously, I was a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research. I received an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and a B.Tech. from IIT-Madras. My thesis was awarded the 2009 SIGMOD Jim Gray Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention.
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Students: I am primarily interested statistical privacy, or the problem of disclosing aggregate statistics about data collected from individuals, while ensuring that individuals level sensitive properties are not disclosed. This problem appears in a number of diverse application settings including in the US Census, social networks, search logs, location tracking, etc.

I am looking for graduate and undergraduate student research assistants in Computer Science and Statistics
Interested students are (i) requested to read at least two of the following articles (ACM Crossroads article, no free lunch, pufferfish privacy, and personalized social recommendations) before contacting me via email, and (ii) are encouraged to take my graduate course on privacy in the fall.