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Michael Hay

303 McGregory Hall
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY, 13346
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Recent news

  • Aug. 2016 - is now public: explore privacy algorithms and their performance.
  • Aug. 2016 - I am back at Colgate, looking forward to fall semester!
  • June 2016 - I was at SIGMOD and TPDP presenting our work on DPBench and DPComp.
  • Dec. 2015 - Our paper on “Principled evaluation of differentially private algorithms using DPBench” is available on arXiv.
  • Oct. 2015 - I attended the kickoff meeting for the DARPA Brandeis project.
  • Sep. 2015 - I am on leave for the academic year, visiting the Database Lab at UMass Amherst.
  • Aug. 2015 - Our paper on the matrix mechanism was published in VLDB Journal.

About Me

I have been an Assistant Professor at Colgate since the fall of 2012. Before that I was a Computing Innovation Fellow at Cornell University, working with Johannes Gehrke. I completed my PhD at UMass Amherst in 2010 where my advisors were Gerome Miklau and David Jensen.

My research explores new technologies for privacy-preserving data analysis. The goal is to build software that provides rigorous privacy protection but at the same time allows researchers to analyze the data and discover aggregate trends. More broadly my interests include data management, data mining, social networks, and privacy. See my publications for more information.


  • Fall 2016 FSEM125: In Data We Trust?
  • Fall 2016 COSC460: Databases
  • (on leave for 2015-2016)
  • Spring 2015 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Fall 2014 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Fall 2014 COSC460: Databases
  • Spring 2014 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Spring 2014 COSC480: Artificial Intelligence
  • Fall 2013 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Spring 2013 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Fall 2012 COSC101: Intro to Computing I
  • Fall 2012 COSC480: Databases