ACM India Industry Webinar on 14 August with Nishanth Chandran: "Secure Machine Learning: Opportunities, Advances, and Challenges"

August 10, 2021

In this session of the ACM India Industry Webinar series, we focus on recent advancements in "Secure Machine Learning"--a topic that has, of late, attracted academicians and practitioners from around the globe. Our speaker is an eminent researcher in India who has made outstanding contributions in cryptography, cloud security, and secure computation.

Register now for "Secure Machine Learning: Opportunities, Advances, and Challenges", to be presented on Saturday 14 August 2021 at 6 pm IST by Nishanth Chandran, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research India. The host for this session will be Rajeev Shorey, UQIDAR, IIT Delhi.

All students, faculty and industry professionals are welcome to attend the webinar. Feel free to forward this communication to those who would be interested.

Note : You can also stream this webinar on your mobile device, including smartphone and tablet.

Abstract: Machine learning advancements have created excitement about the possibilities of such algorithms in various domains--healthcare, finance, and business operations to name a few. With the growing volumes of data being used by these algorithms and the insights that can be derived from them, the need to protect the privacy and security of data is not only critical, but can also be a game changer for collaboration.

In this talk, I will discuss new opportunities in data collaboration that cryptography can enable. I will cover some of the recent advancements in the area and also discuss Microsoft Research's EzPC system that has been successfully used to demonstrate complex tasks such as medical imaging in a privacy-preserving manner. Finally, I will describe some of the challenges that need to be addressed to harness the power of machine learning without compromising on security.

Duration : 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)

Nishanth Chandran is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India. His research interests are in problems related to cryptography, cloud security, and secure computation. Prior to joining MSRI, Nishanth was a Researcher at AT&T Labs, and before that he was a postdoctoral researcher at MSR Redmond (USA).

Nishanth is a recipient of the 2010 Chorafas Award for exceptional achievements in research, and his research has received coverage in science journals and in the media such as Nature and MIT Technology Review. He has published several papers in top computer science conferences and journals such as Crypto, Eurocrypt, IEEE S&P, CCS, SIAM Journal of Computing, and Journal of the ACM. He holds six US patents. His work on position-based cryptography was selected as one of the top three works and invited to QIP 2011 as a plenary talk. Nishanth has served on the technical program committees of top cryptography conferences. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science from UCLA, and BE in Computer Science and Engineering from Anna University (Hindustan College of Engineering), Chennai.

Nishanth is also a top ranking (A-grade) All India Radio South Indian Classical (Carnatic) Violinist and has performed at international venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (as part of legendary sitarist late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s ensemble) and the Madras Music Academy, Chennai.

Dr. Rajeev Shorey, UQIDAR, IIT Delhi