Flavio P. Calmon

Flavio P. Calmon

  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering


Professor Calmon’s research explores the interplay between information theory, machine learning and statistics, focusing on applications in data science, content distribution, privacy and security.

He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Campinas, Brazil, and a B.Sc. in Communications Engineering at the Universidade de Brasília in Brasília, Brazil. Before joining Harvard he was a Social Good Post-Doctoral Fellow at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York.

Prof. Calmon’s research has three intertwined goals: (i) develop theory and models that capture the fundamental limits of estimation and learning from data, (ii) construct learning, security and privacy mechanisms with performance guarantees based on these limits, and (iii) use this methodology as a design driver for future information processing and content distribution systems. In order to achieve these goals, he draws from the fields of information theory, statistics, cryptography and machine learning. He seeks to develop tools that will guide the design of systems that acquire, process and distribute information while providing reliability, efficiency, and privacy guarantees.

Contact Information

Office:Maxwell Dworkin 347
Lab Phone:(617) 495-3288
Assistant:Jill M Susarrey
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin 343
Assistant Phone:(617) 496-1460
Research Mgr: Kathleen Marie Kelley

Primary Teaching Area

Other Experience & Professional Membership

IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Social Good Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015–2017

Research Assistant, Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group, 2009–2015

Technicolor Lab, Research Internship 2012


 2016:  IBM inaugural Social Good Post-Doctoral Fellowship for research in data science projects that promote social good.

 2011:  Avery Alan Ashdown Leadership Award for outstanding service and leadership to the Ashdown House community.

 2009:  Irwin Mark Jacobs and Joan Klein Jacobs Presidential Fellowship for graduate studies at MIT.

 2007-2009:  The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) scholarship for M.Sc. research.

 2006:  Honor of Merit Award from the Brazilian Council of Engineers for the highest GPA in the Communications Engineering

Class of Spring’06 of the University of Brasilia.

 2004-2006:  Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) scholarship for undergraduate


Patents Awarded

 M. Médard, F. P. Calmon and W. Zeng, “Method and apparatus for implementing distributed content caching in a content delivery network”, WO2014159605 A1, Oct. 2nd 2014.

F. P. Calmon, M. Médard, L. M. Zeger, M. M. Christiansen, and K. R. Duffy, “Method and apparatus for secure communication,” WO2014160194 A2, Oct. 2nd 2014.

M. Médard, F. P. Calmon andW. Zeng, “Method and Apparatus for Implementing Distributed Content Caching In A Content Delivery Network,” US20140280454 A1, 18th Sep 2014.

N. Fawaz, S. Salamatian, F. P. Calmon et al. , “Privacy against interference attack for large data,”WO2014123893 A1, Aug. 14th 2014.

N. Fawaz, S. Salamatian, F. P. Calmon et al. , “Privacy against interference attack against mismatched prior,” WO2014124175 A1, Aug. 14th 2014.

N. Fawaz and F. P. Calmon, “A method and apparatus for privacy-preserving data mapping under a privacy-accuracy trade-off,” WO2014031551 A1, Feb. 27th 2014.

F. P. Calmon, J. M. Cloud, M. Médard, andW. Zeng, “Multi-Path Data Transfer Using Network Coding,” US20130195106 A1, Aug. 1st 2013.

F. P. Calmon, J. M. Cloud, M. Médard, andW. Zeng, “Multi-Path Data Transfer Using Network Coding,”WO2013116456 A1, Aug. 8th 2013.