About me

My research interests encompass 1) Privacy-preserving machine learning, particularly deep learning with differential privacy, and 2) Memorization mechanisms within large-scale models.

I will join Google Research as a Research Scientist this summer. I earned my Ph.D. from Sun Yat-sen University in 2024, where I was fortunate to be supervised by Prof. Tie-Yan Liu and Prof. Jian Yin. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Sun Yat-sen University in 2019.

Selected Publications

* denotes equal contribution.

Selective Pre-training for Private Fine-tuning, [code]
Da Yu, Sivakanth Gopi, Janardhan Kulkarni, Zinan Lin, Saurabh Naik, Tomasz Lukasz Religa, Jian Yin, Huishuai Zhang
TMLR, 2024

Privacy-Preserving Instructions for Aligning Large Language Models, [code]
Da Yu, Peter Kairouz, Sewoong Oh, Zheng Xu
ICML, 2024

Differentially Private Synthetic Data via Foundation Model APIs 2: Text, [code]
Chulin Xie, Zinan Lin, Arturs Backurs, Sivakanth Gopi, Da Yu, Huseyin A Inan, Harsha Nori, Haotian Jiang, Huishuai Zhang, Yin Tat Lee, Bo Li, and Sergey Yekhanin
ICML, 2024 (Spotlight)

Individual Privacy Accounting for Differentially Private Stochastic Gradient Descent, [code]
Da Yu, Gautam Kamath, Janardhan Kulkarni, Tie-Yan Liu, Jian Yin, Huishuai Zhang
TMLR, 2023

Exploring the Limits of Differentially Private Deep Learning with Group-wise Clipping
Jiyan He*, Xuechen Li*, Da Yu*, Huishuai Zhang, Janardhan Kulkarni, Yin Tat Lee, Arturs Backurs, Nenghai Yu, Jiang Bian
ICLR, 2023

Differentially Private Fine-tuning of Language Models, [code]
Da Yu, Saurabh Naik, Arturs Backurs, Sivakanth Gopi, Huseyin A. Inan, Gautam Kamath, Janardhan Kulkarni, Yin Tat Lee, Andre Manoel, Lukas Wutschitz, Sergey Yekhanin, Huishuai Zhang
ICLR, 2022

Large Scale Private Learning via Low-rank Reparametrization, [code]
Da Yu, Huishuai Zhang, Wei Chen, Jian Yin, Tie-Yan Liu
ICML, 2021

Do not Let Privacy Overbill Utility: Gradient Embedding Perturbation for Private Learning, [code]
Da Yu*, Huishuai Zhang*, Wei Chen, Tie-Yan Liu
ICLR, 2021

Availability Attacks Create Shortcuts, [code]
Da Yu, Huishuai Zhang, Wei Chen, Jian Yin, Tie-Yan Liu
KDD, Research Track, 2022

How Does Data Augmentation Affect Privacy in Machine Learning?, [code]
Da Yu, Huishuai Zhang, Wei Chen, Jian Yin, Tie-Yan Liu
AAAI, 2021


Academic Service

I am a reviewer for ICML 2022-2024, NeurIPS 2022-2024, and ICLR 2023-2024. I’m awarded as a top reviewer for several times.