About the Authors
Thomas Steinke
Thomas Steinke
Postdoctoral researcher
IBM Almaden Research Center
San Jose, CA
Thomas Steinke is a postdoctoral researcher at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 2016 advised by Salil Vadhan and was previously an undergraduate student at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His research interests include pseudorandomness, data privacy, and adaptive data analysis. When not proving theorems, he enjoys rock climbing with his wife Joy.
Salil Vadhan
Salil Vadhan
John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
Salil Vadhan is the Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences. He received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Shafi Goldwasser at MIT in 1999; his dissertation was entitled “A Study of Statistical Zero-Knowledge Proofs.” Other research interests include the theory of pseudorandomness and the theory and practice of data privacy. He enjoys spending leisure time with his wife and two daughters, as well as learning to surf when the Boston weather or travel destinations permit.
Andrew Wan
Andrew Wan
Research staff member
Institute for Defense Analyses
Alexandria, VA
Andrew Wan is currently a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Before this, he was a research fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and an assistant professor at IIIS, Tsinghua University. He received his doctorate from Columbia University in 2010 under the supervision of Tal Malkin and Rocco Servedio. His interests include complexity theory, cryptography, and machine learning. Before graduate school, he was a student of philosophy at Columbia University and enjoyed playing the piano, the trumpet, and the accordion. Although he still enjoys playing music, the PAC model rarely affords him the time.