Abhradeep Guha Thakurta

Abhradeep Guha Thakurta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of California Santa Cruz. His primary research interest is in the intersection of data privacy and machine learning. He focuses on demonstrating, both theoretically and in practice, that privacy enables designing better machine learning algorithms and vice versa. The notion of privacy he is currently interested in is differential privacy.

Prior to joining the academia, Abhradeep was Senior Machine Learning at Apple, where he was the primary algorithm designer in deploying differential privacy on iOS 10. The project is possibly one of the largest industrial deployment of differential privacy and has resulted in at least 200+ press articles, and two granted patents. Before Apple, Abhradeep worked as a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research Silicon Valley and Stanford University, and then he worked as a Research Scientist at Yahoo Research. He did his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University with Prof. Adam Smith.