Pinning Down "Privacy" in Statistical Databases

Adam Smith, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Boston University
7:00 p.m. Reception in Vollum lounge
7:30 p.m. Lecture in Vollum lecture hall

Consider an agency holding a large database of sensitive personal information -- medical records, census survey answers, web search records, or genetic data, for example. The agency would like to discover and publicly release global characteristics of the data while protecting the privacy of individuals' records. Dr. Smith will discuss what makes this problem difficult, illustrating some challenges via recent attacks. He will also discuss how differential privacy, a rigorous definition of privacy in statistical databases, is now widely studied and increasingly used to analyze and design deployed systems.

Sponsored by the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30pm

Vollum College Center, Vollum lecture hall
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type



Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff

Dean of the Faculty, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics
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