Jordan Awan
Bio
I studied at Clarion University from 2011-2014, earning a B.S. in Mathematics.
After this, I completed a M.A. in Mathematics at Brandeis University
in 2016 under the advisement of Dr. Olivier Bernardi.
In May of 2020, I completed my Ph.D. in Statistics at Penn State University,
advised by Dr. Aleksandra Slavkovic and Dr. Matthew Reimherr.
Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Statistics at Purdue University.
I also work as a differential privacy consultant for the federal non-profit, MITRE.
Research Interests
My primary research interest is in data privacy, where the goal is to publish meaningful
statistical results on sensitive datasets, without compromising the privacy of the participants in the dataset.
In particular, I mostly work in the framework of differential privacy,
which has been adopted by a number of tech companies as well as the US Census. Some data privacy problems
that I am particularly interested in are 1) performing valid statistical inference subject to privacy constraints
(e.g., confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, posterior inference),
2) designing privacy-aware algorithms for a variety of tasks (e.g., functional data analysis, topological data analysis),
and 3) foundations of data privacy (e.g., definitions of privacy, optimizing basic privacy mechanisms)
I also work with a variety of scientists as an applied Statistician on problems related to 1) diagnosing and treating voice disorders,
2) developing novel methods of low-cost spirometry, and 3) studying the basic laws of physics.
Before transitioning to Statistics, I worked on dicrete mathematics problems in graph theory, matroid theory, and discrete geometries.
Selected Publications
- Awan, J., Vadhan, S. (2023)
''Canonical Noise and Private Hypothesis Tests with Applications to Difference of Proportions Testing.'' Annals of Statistics.
- Awan, J., Rao, V. (2023) ''Privacy-Aware Rejection Sampling.'' Journal of Machine Learning Research.
- Awan, J., Dong, J. (2022) ''Log-Concave and Multivariate Canonical Noise Distributions for Differential Privacy.'' Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36.
- Ju, N., Awan, J., Gong, R., Rao, V. (2022) ''Data Augmentation MCMC for Bayesian Inference from Privatized Data.'' Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 36.
- Awan, S., Awan, J. (2022) ''Use of a Vortex Whistle for Measures of Respiratory Capacity.'' Journal of Voice. Best paper award.
- Awan, J., Slavkovic, A. (2021) ''Structure and Sensitivity in Differential Privacy: Comparing K-Norm Mechanisms.'' Journal of the American Statistical Association.
- Awan, J., Bernardi, O. (2020) ''Tutte Polynomials for Directed Graphs.'' Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B.
- Reimherr, M., Awan, J.. (2019) ''KNG: The K-Norm Gradient Mechanism.'' Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32.
- Awan, J., Kenney, A., Reimherr, M., Slavkovic A. (2019) ''Benefits and Pitfalls of the Exponential Mechanism with Applications to Hilbert Spaces and Functional PCA.'' Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on International Conference on Machine Learning.
- Awan, J., Slavkovic, A. (2018) ''Differentially Private Uniformly Most Powerful Tests for Binomial Data.'' Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 31.