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Cynthia Dwork elected to the American Philosophical Society

May 6, 2016

Dwork is known for placing privacy-preserving data analysis on a mathematically rigorous foundation. A cornerstone of her research is differential privacy, a strong privacy guarantee and a collection of methods that allow researchers to analyze large data sets containing sensitive personal information – such as medical and mortgage application records – while preserving the privacy of the individuals whose information is contained therein.

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Cynthia Dwork to Join Harvard Theory of Computing group

Cynthia Dwork to Join Harvard Theory of Computing group

February 10, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Cynthia Dwork will be joining our faculty on Spring 2017. Cynthia  who is currently holds the position of a Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, has done seminal work in cryptography and distributed computing, and more recently has been a leader in the study of privacy-preserving data analysis and more general connections between computing and society. She is the recipient of Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize, establishing the pillars on which every fault-tolerant system has been built for decades. She is a member of the National Academy of...

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John A. Paulson gift to Harvard SEAS

Harvard receives largest gift ever for SEAS

June 3, 2015

Harvard has received a $400M dollar donation from John A. Paulson to its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, of which Computer Science is a part. This is the largest donation in Harvard's history and will go a long way toward ensuring the strength of SEAS, and Computer Science in particular, at Harvard....