Gautam Kamath

Office: DC 3124 (currently empty)
Cell: 657-c0mpsci (657-206-7724) (currently inactive)
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Links to: CV (as of October 2019); Google Scholar; DBLP; arXiv; GitHub; Twitter; Blog.

My lab is The Salon.

Feel free to send me comments anonymously here. Note that, by design, I won't be able to respond -- if you need me to, it's better handled via email, or leaving some way for me to reply.

I am unable to respond to requests for internships or graduate admission applications from outside the university. If you do feel compelled to contact me in this way, I am far more likely to remember you if you demonstrate that you have genuinely engaged with my work. Instead, I recommend that you apply for graduate studies through the standard channels.

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science. I run The Salon. I'm mostly interested in principled methods for statistics and machine learning, with a focus on settings which are common in modern data analysis (high-dimensions, robustness, and privacy).

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.

I really enjoy giving talks and communicating my work! Please don't hesitate to ask if you'd like to hear about it.


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Most authorships are in alphabetical order, as is customary in theoretical computer science. Papers with contribution-order authorship are indicated, and equal contributions are marked with *. Generally, these will put the students as first-author, with equal contribution amongst the senior authors.

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Talk Videos

Here are some videos of talks I've given.


My (40) co-authors include: Jayadev Acharya, Christina Brandt, Sourav Biswas, Mark Bun, Bryan Cai, Clément L. Canonne, Rachel Cummings, Xi Chen, Constantinos Daskalakis, Anindya De, Ilias Diakonikolas, Nishanth Dikkala, Yihe Dong, Sivakanth Gopi, Steve Hanneke, Nicole Immorlica, Adam Kalai, Daniel M. Kane, Robert Kleinberg, Janardhan Kulkarni, Amit Levi, Jerry Li, Ankur Moitra, Audra McMillan, Aleksandar Nikolov, Or Sheffet, Vikrant Singhal, Adam Smith, Jacob Steinhardt, Thomas Steinke, Alistair Stewart, Ziteng Sun, Christos Tzamos, Jonathan Ullman, Erik Waingarten, John Wright, Zhiwei Steven Wu, Lydia Zakynthinou, Huanyu Zhang, Wanrong Zhang.

They originate from a number of countries, including Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Greece, India, Israel, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Other Writings


Other Projects



I have advised the following students.


Here is a collection of collections of talk videos.