The availability of massive amounts of data, coupled with high-performance cloud computing platforms, has driven significant progress in artificial intelligence and, in particular, machine learning and optimization. Indeed, much scientific and technological growth in recent years, including in computer vision, natural language processing, transportation, and health, has been driven by large-scale data sets which provide a strong basis to improve existing algorithms and develop new ones. However, due to their large-scale and longitudinal collection, archiving these data sets raise significant privacy concerns. They often reveal sensitive personal information that can be exploited, without the knowledge and/or consent of the involved individuals, for various purposes including monitoring, discrimination, and illegal activities.
The goal of the AAAI-20 Workshop on Privacy-Preserving Artificial Intelligence is to provide a platform for researchers to discuss problems and present solutions related to privacy issues arising within AI applications. The workshop will focus on both theoretical and practical challenges arising in the design of privacy-preserving AI systems and algorithms. It will place particular emphasis on algorithmic approaches to protect data privacy in the context of learning, optimization, and decision making that raise fundamental challenges for existing technologies. Additionally, it will welcome algorithms and frameworks to release privacy-preserving benchmarks and datasets.

Topics of Interest

We invite paper submissions on the following (and related) topics:
  • Applications of privacy-preserving AI systems
  • Architectures and privacy-preserving learning protocols
  • Constrained-based approaches to privacy
  • Differential privacy: theory and applications
  • Distributed privacy-preserving algorithms
  • Human-aware private algorithms
  • Incentive mechanisms and game theory
  • Privacy-preserving machine learning
  • Privacy-preserving algorithms for medical applications
  • Privacy-preserving algorithms for temporal data
  • Privacy-preserving test cases and benchmarks
  • Privacy and policy-making
  • Secure multi-party computation
  • Secret sharing techniques
  • Trade-offs between privacy and utility
Position, perspective, and vision papers are also welcome. Finally, the workshop will welcome papers that describe the release of privacy-preserving benchmarks and datasets that can be used by the community to solve fundamental problems of interest, including in machine learning and optimization for health systems and urban networks, to mention but a few examples.

Submission Information

Submission URL:

Submission Types

  • Technical Papers: Full-length research papers of up to 7 pages (excluding references and appendices) detailing high quality work in progress or work that could potentially be published at a major conference.
  • Short Papers: Position or short papers of up to 4 pages (excluding references and appendices) that describe initial work or the release of privacy-preserving benchmarks and datasets on the topics of interest.

All papers must be submitted in PDF format, using the AAAI-20 author kit. Submissions should include the name(s), affiliations, and email addresses of all authors.
Submissions will be refereed on the basis of technical quality, novelty, significance, and clarity. Each submission will be thoroughly reviewed by at least two program committee members.
Submissions of papers rejected from the AAAI 2020 technical program are welcomed. Papers will be selected for oral and/or poster presentation at the workshop.

For questions about the submission process, contact the workshop co-chairs.

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2019 - Submission Deadline
  • December 4, 2019 - Acceptance Notification
  • February 7 or 8, 2020 - Workshop Date (Full day)

Technical Program

Location: TBA

Invited Speakers


Panel Discussion


Program Committee

  • Kim Laine - Microsoft
  • Antti Honkela - University of Helsinki
  • Ilya Mironov - Google
  • Mark Bun - Boston University
  • Reza Shokri - National University of Singapore
  • Xiao Wang - Northwestern University
  • Kamalika Chaudhuri - University of California San Diego
  • Kobbi Nissim - Georgetown University
  • Audra McMillan - Northeastern University
  • Carsten Baum - Bar Ilan University
  • Graham Cormode - The University of Warwick
  • Aleksandar Nikolov - University of Toronto
  • Jonathan Ullman - Northeastern University
  • Catuscia Palamidessi - INRIA
  • Sebastian Meiser - University College London
  • AurĂ©lien Bellet - INRIA
  • Marco Gaboardi - Boston University
  • Aws Albarghouthi - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Peter Kairouz - Google AI
  • Elette Boyle - Technion
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