Differential privacy in control and network systems

Jorge Cortes, Geir E. Dullerud, Shuo Han, Jerome Le Ny, Sayan Mitra, George J. Pappas

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As intelligent automation and large-scale distributed monitoring and control systems become more widespread, concerns are growing about the way these systems collect and make use of privacy-sensitive data obtained from individuals. This tutorial paper gives a systems and control perspective on the topic of privacy preserving data analysis, with a particular emphasis on the processing of dynamic data as well as data exchanged in networks. Specifically, we consider mechanisms enforcing differential privacy, a state-of-the-art definition of privacy initially introduced to analyze large, static datasets, and whose guarantees hold against adversaries with arbitrary side information. We discuss in particular how to perform tasks such as signal estimation, consensus and distributed optimization between multiple agents under differential privacy constraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 55th Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781509018376
StatePublished - Dec 27 2016
Event55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2016 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: Dec 12 2016Dec 14 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE 55th Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2016


Other55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Decision Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization


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