Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Wu

Dr. Steven Wu

Asst. Professor, Institute for Software Research

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Steven Wu is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, with an appointment in the Institute for Software Research (in the Societal Computing program), and affiliated appointments with the Machine Learning Department and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was co-advised by Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth. His doctoral dissertation received Penn's Morris and Dorothy Rubinoff Award for the best thesis. He is a recipient of an Amazon Research Award, a Google Faculty Research Award, a J.P. Morgan Faculty Award, a Facebook Research Award, and a Mozilla Research Grant. Before CMU, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Before that, he spent a year as a post-doctoral researcher at Microsoft Research-New York City in the Machine Learning and Algorithmic Economics groups.


My research studies the societal aspects of machine learning. My recent work focuses on (1) how to make machine learning better aligned with societal values, especially privacy and fairness, and (2) how to make machine learning more reliable and robust when algorithms interact with social and economic dynamics. I study these questions using methods and models from machine learning, statistics, optimization, differential privacy, game theory, and mechanism design.