About me:I am a postdoc in Computer Science & Engineering at University of California San Diego and California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2). I also hold a joint lecturer position in CSE department at UCSD. Before I joined UCSD, I was a postdoc in CS department at Penn State working with Adam Smith. My research interests are privacypreserving data analysis, statistical machine learning, and information and coding theory. My research focuses on developing theoretical foundations and practical algorithms for analysis and transmission of information under adversarial conditions. In my work, I have taken an approach that combines new ideas and algorithmic techniques with tools from information theory, statistics, and optimization. I completed my Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park where I focused on developing rigorous techniques for provable informationtheoretic security in communication systems. Before my Ph.D., I had a B.S. and MSc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Engineering Mathematics, respectively, from Cairo University, Egypt. News:
PublicationsPrePrints · R. Bassily and Yoav Freund, Typical Stability, arXiv:1604.03336 [cs.LG], Sep. 2016. (In Submission).
· R. Bassily, K. Nissim, A. Smith, T. Steinke, U. Stemmer, and J. Ullman, Algorithmic Stability for Adaptive Data Analysis. arXiv:1511.02513 [cs.LG], Nov 2015. (Appeared at STOC 2016.) · R. Bassily, A. Smith, T. Steinke, and J. Ullman, More General Queries and Less Generalization Error in Adaptive Data Analysis. arXiv:1503.04843 [cs.LG], March 2015. · R. Bassily and A. Smith, Local, Private, Efficient Protocols for Succinct Histograms. http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.04686. Appeared at ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2015), Portland, OR, June 2015. · R. Bassily, A. Thakurta, and A. Smith, Private Empirical Risk Minimization, Revisited. arXiv:1405.7085 [cs.LG], 2014. · R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels. arXiv:1409.3893 [cs.IT], 2014. Conferences . R. Bassily, K. Nissim, A. Smith, T. Steinke, U. Stemmer, and J. Ullman, Algorithmic Stability for Adaptive Data Analysis. Proceedings of the 48th Annual ACM SIGACT Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2016), Cambridge, MA, June 2016. · R. Bassily and A. Smith, Local, Private, Efficient Protocols for Succinct Histograms. ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC 2015), Portland, OR, June 2015. · R. Bassily, A. Thakurta, and A. Smith, Differentially Private Empirical Risk Minimization: Efficient Algorithms and Tight Error Bounds, IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS 2014), Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 2014, to appear. (Also in ICML workshop on learning, security and privacy (presentation only), Beijing, June 2014.) · R. Bassily and A. Smith, Causal Erasure Channels, ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA 2014), Portland, OR, Jan. 2014. · R. Bassily, A. Groce, J. Katz, A. Smith, CoupledWorlds Privacy: Exploiting Adversarial Uncertainty in Statistical Data Privacy, FOCS 2013, Berkeley, CA, Oct. 2013. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, DecodeandForward Based Strategies for Secrecy in MultipleRelay Networks, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Paris, France, April 2012. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy with a MultiAntenna Helper, 46th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Princeton, NJ, March 2012. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy in MultipeRelay Networks, IEEE Globecom, Houston, TX, December 2011. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Ergodic Secret Alignment for the Fading Multiple Access Wiretap Channel, IEEE International Conference on Communications, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2010. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, A New Achievable Ergodic Secrecy Rate Region for the Fading Multiple Access Wiretap Channel, 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communications, Control and Computing, Monticello, IL, September 2009. Journal Articles· R. Bassily, E. Ekrem, X. He, E. Tekin, J. Xie, M. Bloch, S. Ulukus, A. Yener, Cooperative Security at the Physical Layer: A Summary of Recent Advances, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, special issue on Signal Processing for Cybersecurity and Privacy, 30(5):1628, September 2013. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation and Relay Selection Strategies for Secure Communication in MultipleRelay Networks, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 61(6):15441554, 2013. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Deaf Cooperation for Secrecy with Multiple Antennas at the Helper, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 7(6):18551863, December 2012. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Secure Communication in Multiple Relay Networks Through DecodeandForward Strategies, Journal of Communications and Networks, special issue on Physical Layer Security, 14(4):352363, August 2012. · R. Bassily and S. Ulukus, Ergodic Secret Alignment, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 58(3):15941611, March 2012. Recent talks
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In Spring 2011, I received the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award for the school year of 20102011 from the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE), University of Maryland, College Park.

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