Giulia Fanti

I'm a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, advised by Pramod Viswanath. My research is on privacy-preserving technologies. I will join Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant professor in Fall 2017.


I did my Ph.D. at U.C. Berkeley under Kannan Ramchandran. I have also been fortunate to work with Sewoong Oh, Babak Ayazifar, Barath Raghavan, and Gerald Friedland, as well as Oscar Mur-Miranda during my undergraduate studies.


Privacy-preserving information access and dissemination

Recent years have brought increasing levels of censorship and monitoring of electronic communications. I am interested in designing privacy-preserving algorithms that enable people to communicate freely without sacrificing privacy. I have been working on a few main problems within this theme.

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Privacy-preserving search on public data
Privacy-preserving data aggregation

Signal processing for graph signals

Graph-structured data arises frequently in modern applications, including in social graphs, sensor networks, and biological networks. The goal of this work is to develop a framework for dealing with signals that are defined over arbitrary graphs, analogous to classical signal processing defined over regular domains (e.g. spatial grid, discrete-time).

Privacy-preserving media retrieval

M.S. research

Current content-based media search techniques can reveal a great deal of information to servers processing such requests. We propose and evaluate a scheme for privacy-preserving media retrieval that reveals no information about the client's query to the server. This could be useful in privacy-preserving surveillance systems, for instance.

Wireless power transfer

Undergraduate research

Recent years have seen renewed interest in wireless power transfer. In this work, we model and characterize the efficiency properties of wireless power transfer using magnetically-coupled resonators.





Probability and Random Processes, Convex Optimization, Statistical Learning, Network Security, Information Theory, Coding Theory, Wireless Communication, Linear System Theory, Signals and Systems, Digital Signal Processing


Signals and Systems

U.C. Berkeley (2013-2014)

Digital Signal Processing

U.C. Berkeley (Spring 2015)

Alternative energy and social justice

Berkeley High School (2012-2013)


Contact me at g.fanti (at) gmail (dot) com.