Anupam Datta is an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University where he holds a joint appointment in the School of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on the scientific foundations of security and privacy. Datta's work has led to new principles for securely composing cryptographic protocols and software systems; applications of these principles have influenced several IEEE and IETF standards. His work on privacy protection has led to formalizations of privacy as contextual integrity and purpose restrictions on information use; accountability mechanisms for privacy protection; and their applications in healthcare and Web privacy. Datta has authored a book and over 40 other publications on these topics. He serves on the Steering Committee and as the 2013-14 Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium. Datta obtained Ph.D. (2005) and M.S. (2002) degrees from Stanford University and a B.Tech. (2000) from IIT Kharagpur, all in Computer Science.

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2005 Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University

2002 MS, Computer Science, Stanford University

2000 Bachelor of Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur


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Datta quoted on the inner workings of AI

ECE’s Anupam Datta was quoted in Nature on the inner workings of machine learning and artificial intelligence. “Altering input data to identify important features is a basic approach to many types of AI models. But the task becomes more challenging in more complex neural networks.”

Tech Crunch

TruEra raises $25M for its AI analytics and monitoring platform

TruEra, a startup that offers an AI quality management solution to optimize, announced that it has raised a $25 million in a Series B round led by Menlo Ventures.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Datta to Chair National Academies Workshop on Trustworthy AI

ECE’s Anupam Datta will chair a workshop on trustworthy AI organized by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on March 3 - 4.

Venture Beat

Datta featured on AI

ECE’s Anapam Datta was featured in VentureBeat on his AI company, Truera.

CMU Engineering

Six things you should know about AI from experts in the field

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering share what they have learned about artificial intelligence while working in the field.

CMU Silicon Valley

CMU-SV’s Top 10 of 2018

We are counting down to the new year with CMU-SV’s top 10 of 2018, celebrating novel projects, awards, and research wins from this past year.

CMU Engineering

Thwarting bias in AI systems

As machine learning systems are used more and more to make decisions about insurance, criminal justice, credit, and child welfare, we need to ensure that they are fair.

CMU Engineering

Reducing complexity to increase security

Carnegie Mellon University team receives $7.5M ONR grant for software complexity reduction, or simplifying complex internet protocols to build greater security.


Datta on using bots to analyze online discrimination

Internet bots have developed a bad reputation, but they remain necessary for research on online discrimination. A Carnegie Mellon University study used bots to analyze the variation in advertisements between men and women. The study found that Google ads treated men and women differently, but “we can’t be 100 percent sure why it happened,” said ECE’s Anupam Datta, one of the study’s authors.


Datta on discriminatory algorithms

Anupam Datta was cited by Techfestival in an article on the traits and causes of discriminatory algorithms and how their biases affect people.

Scientific American

Datta quoted on privacy and encryption

ECE’s Anupam Datta was quoted in Scientific American on the difficulties in making an entirely private way of transmitting data anonymously.

The College of Engineering faculty award winners announced

The College of Engineering has named this year’s faculty award winners, selected by the College of Engineering Faculty Awards Committee. Congratulations to the winners.