Prof. Kobbi Nissim is McDevitt Chair in Computer Science, Georgetown University. Nissim’s work is focused on the mathematical formulation and understanding of privacy. His work from 2003 and 2004 with Dinur and Dwork initiated rigorous foundational research of privacy and presented a precursor of Differential Privacy – a definition of privacy in computation that he introduced in 2006 with Dwork, McSherry and Smith.
His research studies privacy in various contexts, including statistics, computational learning, mechanism design, social networks, and more recently in relation with law and policy. Since 2011, Nissim has been involved with the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project at Harvard, developing privacy-preserving tools for the sharing of social-science data. Nissim was awarded the Godel Prize In 2017, the IACR TCC Test of Time Award in 2016, and the ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award in 2013.