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I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science, a Faculty Member at the Vector Institute, and a Canada CIFAR AI Chair.
I run The Salon.
I'm interested in reliable and trustworthy statistics and machine learning, including considerations such as data privacy and robustness.
I was a Microsoft Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing for the Fall 2018 semester program on Foundations of Data Science and the Spring 2019 semester program on Data Privacy: Foundations and Applications.
Before that, I completed my Ph.D. at MIT, affiliated with the Theory of Computing group in CSAIL.
I was very fortunate to be advised by Costis Daskalakis.
Before MIT, I spent four wonderful years at Cornell University, graduating in May 2012 with a degree in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
At Cornell, I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work with Bobby Kleinberg.
- (11/25/23) I will be a reviewer for the 37th Canadian Artificial Intelligence Conference.
- (11/13/23) New paper on arXiv: Report of the 1st Workshop on Generative AI and Law.
- (11/3/23) I was quoted in this NPR All Things Considered episode regarding tools to prevent scraping of data for AI systems.
- (10/23/23) I am now on the executive committee of the Learning Theory Alliance.
- (10/23/23) I was quoted in this MIT Tech Review article about data poisoning defenses against generative AI.
- (10/20/23) It was a lot of fun being the macebearer for Waterloo Math convocation.
- (9/21/23) Two posters (1, 2) and one spotlight (1) accepted to NeurIPS 2023.
- (9/12/23) This term I'll be in Boston for TPDP 2023, Rochester for EaGL, New York for a robust statistics and privacy workshop, Guelph to give a talk at their CARE-AI seminar series, and at Vector's Distinguished Lecture series (virtually).
- (8/28/23) Private GANs, Revisited accepted to TMLR, with a Survey Certification.
- (8/15/23) I will be on the program committee of ICBINB 2023 and Regulatable ML @ NeurIPS 2023.
- (8/13/23) One paper posted to arXiv: Private Distribution Learning with Public Data: The View from Sample Compression.
- (8/11/23) Seven papers to be presented at TPDP 2023.
- (8/3/23) One paper accepted to TMLR.
- (7/26/23) I was on a panel on social impacts of AI at the ICML 2023 Black in AI social.
- (7/20/23) I will be a reader of Abdulrahman Diaa's Master's thesis.
- (7/13/23) I am the early-career winner of the 2023 Math Golden Jubilee Research Excellence Award.
- (7/11/23) I am now an Editor-in-Chief of TMLR.
- (7/4/23) I am organizing and presenting at a Vector workshop on ML Security and Privacy.
- (5/16/23) I will be an ethics reviewer for NeurIPS 2023.
- (4/27/23) I have been named a Canada CIFAR AI Chair.
- (4/24/23) Exploring the Limits of Indiscriminate Data Poisoning Attacks accepted to ICML 2023.
- (4/24/23) I will be part of TMLR's first Outstanding Paper Committee.
- (4/24/23) I'll be on a panel about disinformation, presenting at a Vector Faculty Research Meeting, and participating in Amii's Upper Bound AI conference.
- (04/17/23) Survey paper posted to arXiv: Challenges towards the Next Frontier in Privacy.
- (04/12/23) I was quoted in a CBC article about licence plate scanners.
- (03/30/23) A bit of upcoming academic travel: event with Health and Statistics Canada in Ottawa in May, teaching a summer school in Bangalore in June, at a Generative AI and Law workshop at ICML in Honolulu in July, BIRS workshop in Kelowna in July, and at JSM 2023 in Toronto in August.
- (03/24/23) I talked with the Waterloo Computer Science Club about my research as part of their Prof Talk series. It was a lot of fun!
- (03/13/23) I am now a faculty member at the Vector Institute. My role as an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo is unchanged.
Most authorships are in alphabetical order, as is common in areas of computer science.
Papers with contribution-order authorship are indicated, and equal contributions are marked with * or ^.
Generally, these will put the students as first-author, with equal contribution amongst the senior authors.
ⓡ is used for randomized author order.
Selected Papers (Show all)
- Challenges towards the Next Frontier in Privacy.
Rachel Cummings, Damien Desfontaines, David Evans, Roxana Geambasu, Matthew Jagielski, Yangsibo Huang, Peter Kairouz, Gautam Kamath, Sewoong Oh, Olga Ohrimenko, Nicolas Papernot, Ryan Rogers, Milan Shen, Shuang Song, Weijie Su, Andreas Terzis, Abhradeep Thakurta, Sergei Vassilvitskii, Yu-Xiang Wang, Li Xiong, Sergey Yekhanin, Da Yu, Huanyu Zhang, Wanrong Zhang.
- Differentially Private Fine-tuning of Language Models.
Da Yu, Saurabh Naik, Arturs Backurs*, Sivakanth Gopi*, Huseyin A. Inan*, Gautam Kamath*, Janardhan Kulkarni*, Yin Tat Lee*, Andre Manoel*, Lukas Wutschitz*, Sergey Yekhanin*, Huishuai Zhang*. (Contribution order)
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2022).
Selected Workshop Papers (Show)
- Robustness Implies Privacy in Statistical Estimation.
Samuel B. Hopkins, Gautam Kamath, Mahbod Majid, Shyam Narayanan.
Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy 2023 (TPDP 2023). Oral Presentation.
- Calibration with Privacy in Peer Review.
Wenxin Ding, Gautam Kamath ⓡ Weina Wang ⓡ Nihar B. Shah.
AAAI 2022 Workshop on Privacy-Preserving Artificial Intelligence (PPAI 2022). Oral Presentation.
- Private Hypothesis Selection.
Mark Bun, Gautam Kamath, Thomas Steinke, Zhiwei Steven Wu.
CCS 2019 Workshop on Theory and Practice of Differential Privacy (TPDP 2019). Oral Presentation.
Sever: A Robust Meta-Algorithm for Stochastic Optimization.
Ilias Diakonikolas, Gautam Kamath, Daniel M. Kane, Jerry Li, Jacob Steinhardt, Alistair Stewart.
NeurIPS 2018 Workshop on Security in Machine Learning (SECML 2018). Oral Presentation.
Priv'IT: Private and Sample Efficient Identity Testing.
Bryan Cai, Constantinos Daskalakis, Gautam Kamath.
ICML 2017 Workshop on Private and Secure Machine Learning 2017 (PSML 2017). Oral Presentation.
Here are some videos of talks I've given.
My (102) co-authors include:
Clément L. Canonne,
Jimmy Z. Di,
Samuel B. Hopkins,
Huseyin A. Inan,
Daniel M. Kane,
Yin Tat Lee,
Nihar B. Shah,
Ananda Theertha Suresh,
Zhiwei Steven Wu,
They originate from a number of countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Latvia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
- I am an Editor-in-Chief of TMLR.
- I'm part of the Executive Committee of the Learning Theory Alliance.
- I have been (or will be) a general chair for the following conferences: STOC 2020.
- I have been (or will be) program chair for the following workshops: TPDP 2021, TPDP 2022, UpML 2022.
- I have been (or will be) on the core program committee or an area chair for the following conferences: SODA 2020, ICML 2020, ICALP 2020, Random 2020,, ICLR 2021, FORC 2021, COLT 2021, CCS 2021, ESA 2021, NeurIPS 2021, SODA 2022, ICLR 2022, AAAI 2022, COLT 2022, NeurIPS 2022, SaTML 2023, FOCS 2023, ICLR 2023, ALT 2023, USENIX Security 2023, COLT 2023, FAccT 2023, ICML 2023, NeurIPS 2023.
- I have been (or will be) on the program committee (i.e., a reviewer) of the following machine learning conferences: NIPS 2016, ICML 2018, NeurIPS 2018, AISTATS 2019, ICML 2019, NeurIPS 2019, AAAI 2020, AISTATS 2020, FAccT 2021, ALT 2021, ALT 2022, UAI 2022.
- For completeness, conferences I have reviewed for include: AAAI, AISTATS, ALT, COLT, FAccT, FOCS, ICALP, ICML, ISAAC, ISIT, ITCS, NeurIPS, RANDOM, SODA, STACS, STOC.
- I have (or will be) on the program committee of the following workshops: TPDP 2019, PriML 2019, TPDP 2020, PPML 2020, PriML 2021, ICBINB 2021, ICBINB 2022, ICBINB 2023, Regulatable ML 2023.
- I mentor when I can. Some examples include at workshops for Women in Machine Learning, the Learning Theory Alliance, and junior-senior lunches at STOC/FOCS (which I sometimes organize). I also view my Twitter presence as a type of mentorship.
- I am a maintainer of the CS Theory Blog Aggregator, along with Nima Anari and Arnab Bhattacharyya.
- Clément Canonne and I organized a workshop called "A TCS Quiver" at FOCS 2019.
- Clément Canonne and I organized a workshop on distribution testing at FOCS 2017.
- Clément Canonne and I organized a workshop on orthogonal polynomials at FOCS 2016.
- I was previously an editor for the MIT Theory of Computation Student Blog and Property Testing Review.
- I'm one of the organizers of TCS+, an online seminar series in theoretical computer science, accessible to the widest possible audience, and ensuring a carbon-free dissemination of ideas across the globe.
- I organized the second Sublinear Day, which was on April 10, 2015 at MIT.
- I was the head organizer for the Second Annual Danny Lewin MIT Theory Student Retreat, which took place in October 2013.
Aloni and Themis wrote a bit about this retreat here.
- From Fall 2012 to Fall 2013, I was in charge of the Theory Group lunch, which was the current incarnation of Great Ideas in Theoretical Computer Science at CSAIL.
The website for the current offering is here.
I'm very lucky to work with a number of great students -- check out their profiles on my group's People page.
Here is a collection of collections of talk videos.
- TCS+: An series of online seminars in theoretical computer science.
- Simons Institute Videos: Videos from workshops hosted at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.
- BIRS Videos: Videos from workshops hosted at the Banff International Research Station.
- Institute for Advanced Studies Videos: Videos from the IAS. Note that many are related to other fields besides computer science.
- Microsoft Research Talks: Talks at Microsoft Research, including a variety of topics beyond theory.
- Shannon Channel: A series of online seminars in information theory.
- Princeton TCS Videos: Videos from theory lunch and workshops within Princeton's theory group.
- Videolectures.net: Lecture videos from a number of conferences and workshops, seems to be primarily focused on machine learning events.
- I used to go by the name "G", though I now prefer Gautam. Also, my name is not Guatam Kamath, though it is commonly misspelled as such.
- My friends Aviv Adler, Greg Bodwin, and primarily Jennifer Tang, made a small puzzle hunt for my graduation. You can check out the puzzles here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Warning that they can be incredibly unfair if you are not me, but oh well. Try them out!