Graduation and plans
I defended my Ph.D thesis earlier this month, and I will soon be starting as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford supervised by Dan Boneh. I’m very excited! I will still work on data anonymity, but it will not be my sole research focus.
Here is the introductory chapter to my thesis, formatted as a stand-alone document. I expect it to be useful mainly as a glossary and a very brief survey of data collection and sharing. It explains why non-interactive data sharing is popular and why anonymization is so tempting as a privacy protection mechanism.
As you can see, the chapter is less than 4 pages long, excluding references; the rest of my thesis consists of my papers concatenated together. Fortunately, the doctoral dissertation is generally treated as a formality in Computer Science, a fact that I am very grateful for since a dissertation is a stupendously inefficient way of communicating research results. I’m glad that my committee members made my life easy, while also providing useful comments on my defense talk.
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