Anupam Datta is an Associate Professor (with tenure) at Carnegie Mellon University where he holds a joint appointment in the Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments. His research area is security and privacy, with an emphasis on bridging theory and practice.
His current focus is on information accountability — foundations and tools that can be used to provide oversight of complex information processing ecosystems (including big data systems) to examine whether they respect privacy, and other desirable values in the personal data protection area, such as fairness and transparency. His work has produced accountability tools deployed in industry, and studies that rigorously demonstrate concerns with privacy, fairness, and transparency in online behavioral advertising.
Datta has also made significant contributions to the research area of compositional security. Specifically, his work led to new principles for securely composing cryptographic protocols and their application to several protocol standards, most notably to the IEEE 802.11i standard for wireless authentication and to attestation protocols for trusted computing.
Datta has authored a book and over 60 other publications on these topics. He serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Privacy and Security, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computer Security and the Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and on the Steering Committee 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.