Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy
Department: Heinz College
Colleges / Universities: Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Website: Heinz College faculty profile
Professor Acquisti is co-editor of the book Digital Privacy: Theory, Technologies, and Practices (Auerbach Publications, 2007) and his research has been disseminated through journals, edited books, book chapters, international conferences, and international keynotes. His findings have been featured in media outlets such as NPR, NBC, MSNBC.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the New Scientist, CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg TV.
Professor Acquisti has received national and international awards, including the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, the IBM Best Academic Privacy Faculty Award, the Heinz College Teaching Excellence Award, and various best paper Awards. Two of his manuscripts were selected by the Future of Privacy Forum in their best "Privacy Papers for Policy Makers" competition.
Prior to joining CMU, Professor Acquisti researched at the Xerox PARC labs in Palo Alto, CA, with Bernardo Huberman and the Internet Ecologies Group (as intern), and for two years at RIACS, NASA Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, CA, with Maarten Sierhuis and Bill Clancey (as a visiting student). At RIACS, he worked on agent-based simulations of human-robot interaction onboard the International Space Station. While studying at Berkeley, he co-founded with other fellow students a privacy technology company, PGuardian Technologies.
In a previous life, Professor Acquisti worked as classical music producer and label manager (PPMusic.com), as freelance arranger, lyrics writer, and soundtrack composer for theatre, television, and indy cinema productions (including works for BMG Ariola/Universal and RAI 3 National Television), and raced a Yamaha TZ 125 in the USGPRU national championship.
Ph.D. Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
M.I.M.S. Information Management and Systems, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
M. Sc. Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics, 1999
M. Litt Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 1999
Laurea Economics, University of Rome, 1997