Data Privacy: Challenges and Opportunities in Diverse Modern Settings

The Cloud, Social Media and Crypto-currency are a few novel settings that have been increasing in popularity, giving rise to ever increasing concerns about data security and privacy. Both the database and the cryptography and security communities have been exploring and developing techniques that maintain the privacy of query access, data processing, social media posting as well as currency security, while scaling to ever increasing demands, be they in terms of data size or user demand. In this talk, we will discuss some recent advances, and explore future challenges and opportunities for research at the boundaries of theoretical security and privacy approaches in a systems and database applications context.


Amr El Abbadi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his B. Eng. from Alexandria University, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prof. El Abbadi is an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and IEEE Fellow. He was Chair of the Computer Science Department at UCSB from 2007 to 2011. He has served as a journal editor for several database journals, including, The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Computers and The Computer Journal. He has been Program Chair for multiple database and distributed systems conferences, most recently SIGSPATIAL GIS 2010, ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing (SoCC) 2011, COMAD (India) 2012, the first ACM Conference on Social Networks (COSN)2013 and The International Conference on Networked Systems (NETYS) in Morocco 2017. He currently serves on the executive committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering (TCDE) and was a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002 to 2008. In 2007, Prof. El Abbadi received the UCSB Senate Outstanding Mentorship Award for his excellence in mentoring graduate students. In 2013, his student, Sudipto Das received the SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award. Most recently Prof. El Abbadi was the co-recipient of the Test of Time Award at EDBT/ICDT 2015. He has published over 300 articles in databases and distributed systems and has supervised over 35 PhD students.