Adam D. Smith
and Computer Engineering
Data Science Faculty Fellow
Founding member, Faculty of Computing and Data Sciences
Ph.D. (MIT), 2004
- Email: ads22 concatenated with bu, dot, and edu
- Phone: +1 (617) 358-2596 (email works better; use Piazza
for course questions)
CDS 1038, 665 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
- Biographical: CV, short
bio, photos (2006,
2009, 2014, 2016).
- My mostly defunct blog: Oddly Shaped Pegs
- Papers, talk slides and videos
- Courses, students,
info for prospective students
- May 2022: Avrim Blum, Irit Dinur, Cynthia Dwork, Frank
McSherry, Kobbi Nissim and I received the 2021 ACM Paris
Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award.
- May 2019: Yevgeniy Dodis, Leo Reyzin and I won the Eurocrypt 2019
Test of Time Award for our Eurocrypt 2004 paper that defined
extractors. Rafi Ostrovsky joined us on the journal version.
We would have liked to share the award with him, but the
committee limited the award to the authors of the original
- Spring 2019: I co-organized a semester-long program on data
privacy at the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley, which
brought together 50 or so researchers at all levels of
seniority, with expertise ranging across computer science,
statistics, philosophy, and law. We ran five
workshops, each of which has excellent videos of the talks
- Aaron Roth and I parallel-taught a class on adaptive
data analysis in Fall 2017; see adaptivedataanalysis.com
for lecture notes and other course materials.
- August 2017: Sofya Raskhodnikova and
I moved to Boston University! We are very excited to be
back in the area, contributing to a dynamic and growing
department. Join us!
- 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.
- In Spring 2021, Jon Ullman
and I co-taught Foundations of Private Data
Analysis jointly between Northeastern and BU. See the
website for draft lecture notes and videos.
- I am organized (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 joined BU Computer Science in Fall 2017. From 2007 to 2017, I was a
(assistant, then associate, then full) professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the Pennslyvania
State University, where I was part of the Theory of
Computation and the Systems and
Internet Infrastructure Security (SIIS) groups.
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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