Assistant Professor Nan Zhang Bio
Nan Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the
George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2006, and began teaching at GW in 2008.
In the same year, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his proposal, "A Theoretical Foundation
for Achievability and Optimization in Privacy-Preserving Data Mining." CAREER grants are the most prestigious
awards given by the NSF to junior faculty. They are awarded to those who excel at both research and teaching.
Professor Zhang's research focuses on databases and data security/privacy.
His current projects include: the analytics of deep web repositories, the protection of sensitive
information for web data publishing, and the protection of location privacy in mobile computing.
He and his graduate student Zhuojie Zhou won the 2012 GW Business Plan competition for their data analytics system, WiseAgg.
Listen as Professor Zhang describes WiseAgg, the role of his students in its development, and his perspective on database mining and privacy.