Mathias Humbert

Mathias Humbert, Ph.D. (EPFL, 2015)

I am a scientific project manager at the newly created Cyber-Defence Campus. Prior to that, I was a senior data scientist at the Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC), ETHZ and EPFL, between 2017 and 2019, and I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) between 2015 and 2017. I completed my Ph.D. thesis in 2015, under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Hubaux, in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL (Switzerland). Prior to this, I did my B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies at EPFL and UC Berkeley.

My research interests lie at the intersection of privacy and machine learning. I am currently investigating privacy risks stemming from biomedical data, web data, and machine learning as a service (MLaaS). My research expertise includes genomic privacy, privacy in online social networks, location privacy, and probabilistic graphical models.

In my Ph.D. thesis (available here), I have notably analyzed the variety of interdependencies in individuals' data, and their impact on privacy. I have shown the impossibility of protecting privacy individually and independently of others (stemming from the lack of control over correlated data), and the need for new definitions of privacy, in its social context, and as a common good.

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Since 2016

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2010 - 2015

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Cyber-Defence Campus
Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)
armasuisse S+T
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
3602 Thun, Switzerland