Practical Challenges to Privately Accessing Big Data

Amr El Abbadi, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Abstract: Managing and manipulating large data sets raise significant accessibility concerns that have sometimes resulted in pragmatic sacrifices in functionality, efficiency or privacy. In this talk, we will explore various approaches to mitigate the shortcomings of privacy preserving large data management.   Large public data sets are constantly exposed to an increasing number of non-trivial adversarial threats.  Traditional cryptographic methods either limit the functionality of the data, or significantly increase retrieval costs. In this talk, we will highlight some novel approaches that ensure efficient privacy preserving access to data in the Cloud without sacrificing functionality.

Biography: 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 and the first ACM Conference on Social Networks (COSN)2013. 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 30 PhD students.

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