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Harvard Professor Receives Prize for Contributions to Theoretical Computer Science


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Cynthia Dwork.

Harvard University professor Cynthia Dwork has been named to receive the 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize for contributions to theoretical computer science.

Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Quanta Magazine

The ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory and the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing have named Harvard University professor Cynthia Dwork to receive the 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize for contributions to theoretical computer science.

Dwork’s research is credited with having had a transformative effect on distributed systems, cryptography, data privacy, and fairness in algorithmic decision-making.

Dwork also is known for introducing and developing differential privacy, and for her accomplishments in nonmalleability, lattice-based encryption, concurrent composition, and proofs of work.

Her foundational contributions to distributed systems include work on consensus, while her achievements in algorithmic fairness include formalization of the "treat like alike" principle.

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