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Audra McMillan

Postdoctoral Researcher


Office Location

805 Columbus Avenue
606 Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC)
Boston, MA 02120


  • PhD in Mathematics, University of Michigan

About Me

  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Field of research/teaching: Security and Privacy

What are the specifics of your educational background?

I completed my PhD in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. I was fortunate to be advised by the wonderful Anna Gilbert. My research focused on privacy-preserving data analysis with forays into inverse problems and sparse recovery. My undergraduate degree was also in Mathematics, which I completed in my hometown at the University of Sydney.

What is your research focus in a bit more detail? Is your current research path what you always had in mind for yourself, or has it evolved somewhat? If so, how/why?

My research interests lie in the fields of machine learning and inverse problems, with a focus on privacy- preserving data analysis. I tend to be interested in what kind of resources are needed to perform private computations. Often the primary resources I care about are sample or query complexity, but I’m also interested in bounding computation time and access to randomness. Like many researchers in my field, my goal is to help get private computation to the point of widespread deployment.