Image: Congratulations! Dr. Jaewoo Lee was recognized with 2020 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER award offers the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent instruction and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. With ever-increasing application of machine learning techniques in sensitive application domains such as health care, financial services and national security, privacy concerns continue to grow. This has led to a growing interest in the development of privacy-preserving machine learning algorithms. “Despite recent advances in privacy-preserving machine learning techniques, in practice we still see less adoption of those techniques due to the concerns about their performance,” said Lee. “The goal of this project is to establish firm theoretical foundations and to develop tools and algorithms for building machine learning models while protecting the privacy of individuals in the training dataset.” As part of his educational outreach efforts, Lee will provide summer internships to local high school students to enhance student engagement in advanced, cyber problem-solving techniques. “I am collaborating with the computer science department and UGA’s Center for Continuing Education and Hotel to organize a three-day summer camp on machine learning and artificial intelligence,” said Lee.