NETS Professor Aaron Roth Becomes Class of 1940 Chair
By: Zack Ives | Feb 28, 2017
Aaron Roth, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, and co-director of the Singh Program on Networked and Social Systems Engineering, has been awarded the Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Chair. The chair was established by the Class of 1940 at its 50th reunion to recognize outstanding young professors at Penn. It rotates among the four undergraduate Schools for five-year terms.
Roth studies algorithm design in settings in which either the data belongs to other self-interested parties, or the computation is to be performed by other self-interested parties. This requires studying the algorithmic foundations of data privacy and game theory. In particular, he is interested in what kinds of computations can be performed while satisfying strong information-theoretic privacy constraints, and in how selfish agents can be incentivized by these strong privacy protections to allow their data to be used.
In 2016, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and he has also received an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a Google Faculty Research Award, among other