Project Laplace

Project Laplace


Microsoft Research blog


Differential Privacy (DP) is a key technology for computing statistics and training machine learning models over private data. Microsoft pioneered differential privacy research back in 2006. Since then DP has established itself as the de-facto standard privacy notion with a vast body of academic literature and growing number of large scale deployments across the industry. Among its many strengths, the promise of DP is intuitive to explain: No matter what the adversary knows about the data, the privacy of a single user is protected from output of the data analysis or the machine learning model.

The broad goal of Project Laplace is to enable privacy-preserving data analysis and machine learning using differential privacy. This has taken our team in two directions: 1) Mathematical and algorithmic research on the design of new differentially private algorithms. 2) Providing support to engineering teams at Microsoft that deploy DP algorithms in products. Our team currently focuses on algorithms for differentially private telemetry collection, algorithms for differentially private database query processing, and differentially private machine learning.