Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Courtesy Appointment, Computer Science

Anupam Datta

Source: College of Engineering

Contact Info:
Carnegie Mellon University
Silicon Valley
Building 23 (MS 23-11)
Moffett Field, CA 94035

Office: B23-221

Phone: 650-335-2888




Anupam Datta is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and (by courtesy) Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is Director of the Accountable Systems Lab. His research focuses on enabling real-world complex systems to be accountable for their behavior, especially as they pertain to privacy, fairness, and security. His work has helped create foundations and tools for accountable data-driven systems. Specific results include an accountability tool chain for privacy compliance deployed in industry, automated discovery of gender bias in the targeting of job-related online ads, and principled tools for explaining decisions of artificial intelligence systems. Datta has also made significant contributions to rigorously accounting for security of cryptographic protocols. Specifically, his work led to new principles for securely composing cryptographic protocols and their application to several protocol standards, most notably to the IEEE 802.11i standard for wireless authentication and to attestation protocols for trusted computing.

Datta serves as lead PI of a large NSF project on Accountable Decision Systems, on the Steering Committee of the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in socio-technical systems, as a member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium, and as an Editor-in-Chief of Foundations and Trends in Privacy and Security. He obtained Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University and a B.Tech. from IIT Kharagpur, all in Computer Science.

Research Highlights


B. Tech., Computer Science, IIT Kharagpur, 2000
M.S., Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002
Ph.D., Computer Science, Stanford University, 2005

Recent Talks


Accountable Decision Systems [Lead PI; NSF large collaborative involving CMU, Cornell, ICSI]

Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency [Steering Committee]

Foundations and Trends in Privacy and Security [Editor-in-Chief]

IEEE Computer Security Foundations Symposium [Steering Committee]