Giulia Fanti

I am an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I have a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science Department and sit in CyLab. I am interested in privacy-preserving technologies, communications, and networking.


10/2/2017: Zinan Lin was named a CMU Presidential Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. Congratulations, Zinan!

Research Group


Ph.D. Students


Privacy-preserving communication

Recent years have brought increasing levels of surveillance. 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, related to anonymous social media (e.g., Yik Yak, Secret) and anonymous peer-to-peer networks (e.g., Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies). A common theme in this work is that we wish to provide statistical anonymity guarantees against computationally-unbounded adversaries.

Epidemics on Graphs

Physical diffusion phenomena like epidemics and viral videos can be represented as random processes on graphs. I am interested in theoretically and empirically studying the spread and dynamics of these processes. These random processes appear in a variety of application domains, including social media, cryptocurrencies, and fake news.

Generative Adversarial Networks

Generative adversarial networks (GANs) are a technique for learning a generative model from data. They have been tremendously successful at producing high-quality, sharp images. However, they are not well-understood. I am interested in studying the dynamics of GANs themselves, as well as using them for the release of privacy-preserving datasets.




  • G. Fanti, P. Kairouz, S. Oh, K. Ramchandran, P. Viswanath, Rumor Source Obfuscation on Irregular Trees.
    [Sigmetrics 2016] [code] [slides]
  • G. Fanti, V. Pihur, U. Erlingsson, Building a RAPPOR with the Unknown: Privacy-Preserving Learning of Associations and Data Dictionaries.
    [PETS 2016] [code]
  • G. Fanti, P. Kairouz, S. Oh, K. Ramchandran, P. Viswanath, Metadata-conscious anonymous messaging.
    [ICML 2016] [IEEE TSIPN 2016] [code]
  • G. Fanti, P. Viswanath, Algorithmic Advances in Anonymous Communication over Networks.
    [CISS 2016]




  • V. Ekambaram, G. Fanti, B. Ayazifar, and K. Ramchandran, Multiresolution graph signal processing via circulant structures.
    [DSP/SPE 2013]
  • V. Ekambaram, G. Fanti, B. Ayazifar, and K. Ramchandran, Critically-sampled perfect-reconstruction spline-wavelet filter banks for graph signals.
    [GLOBESIP 2013]
  • V. Ekambaram, G. Fanti, B. Ayazifar, and K. Ramchandran, Circulant structures and graph signal processing.
    [ICIP 2013]


  • J.O. Mur-Miranda, G. Fanti, Y. Feng, K. Omanakuttan, R. Ongie, A. Setjoadi, and N. Sharpe, Wireless power transfer using weakly coupled magnetostatic resonators.
    [ECCE 2010]
  • J.O. Mur-Miranda and G. Fanti, Peak wireless power transfer using magnetically coupled series resonators.
    [EnergyCon 2010]



CMU (Spring 2018)

Signals and Systems

U.C. Berkeley (2013-2014)
  • Served as head TA for a course of 190 students. Coordinated roles and managed content development, such as homeworks and discussion notes.
  • Designed new labs centered around real-world applications like digital cameras and music recognition.
  • Led a discussion and lab section.

Digital Signal Processing

U.C. Berkeley (Spring 2015)
  • Served as head TA for a course of 80 students.
  • Designed homeworks and discussion lesson plans. Led a weekly discussion section.


Professional Activities

Conference Tutorials

  • ISIT 2017 (Finding and Hiding Message Sources in Networks: Epidemics, Social Media, and Cryptocurrencies)

Organizing Committe

  • Information Director: ACM POMACS (2017-present)

Program Committe


  • IEEE Trans. on Information Theory (IT Transactions)
  • IEEE Trans. on Networks (ToN)
  • IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing (TSP)
  • IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security
  • IEEE Trans. on Signal and Information Processing over Networks (TSIPN)


NextScholars (Mentor): Mentorship program for young women interested in STEM (2017-2018)

SEED (Mentor): Guided groups of Berkeley High School students in yearlong research projects on nuclear power, GMOs, and food deserts. (2012-2013)

TechBridge (Volunteer): Worked with groups of elementary-school girls on projects related to coding and basic electrical circuits. (2012-2014)


gfanti (at) andrew (dot) cmu (dot) edu

2118 Collaborative Innovation Center

Carnegie Mellon University

4720 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213