Lixin Gao is a University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gao’s research interests include Internet routing and security, scalable algorithms and distributed frameworks for machine learning, and data analytics on massive graphs.
Gao will investigate how to perform data analytics on complex networks in a privacy-preserving manner. Performing analytics on the data is crucial but raises privacy concerns for people and organizations. The key challenges are that there is an underlying (hidden) structure in the data that forms a complex network and the network can be exploited to discover private information. The ultimate goal is to gain a substantially better understanding of the capabilities of privacy-preserving computation on data analytics for complex networks.
Gao received a PhD degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1996. She is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE. She was a 2003 Sloan Research Fellow and received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award in 1999. She won the test-of-time award in ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 and a number of best paper awards from prestigious conferences such as IEEE INFOCOM and ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing.