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Daniel G. Alabi

Incoming Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Email: alabid [at] illinois [dot] edu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Data Science Institute, Columbia University

Research Interests

Data Privacy, Data-Centric ML & Databases, Communication Complexity, Quantum Information

Short Bio

I am an incoming assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Until 2025, I will remain a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University, where I am a Junior Fellow in the Simons Society of Fellows and hosted by Daniel Hsu. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University where I was advised by Salil Vadhan. Also, I am the president and co-founder of NaijaCoder, Inc. NaijaCoder aims to proliferate early algorithms education in Africa with a focus on Nigeria.

See my research papers here.
See my GitHub page for some code artifacts.
I sometimes blog here.


  • Instructor, NaijaCoder, Summer 2022 & Summer 2023
  • Teaching Fellow, Applied Privacy for Data Science (CS 208), Harvard, Spring 2022
  • Teaching Fellow, Algorithms at the End of the Wire (CS 222), Harvard, Fall 2020
  • Teaching Fellow, Algorithms & Data Structures (CS 124), Harvard, Spring 2018
  • Teaching Assistant, Data Structures (CS 201), Carleton College, Winter & Spring 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Intro to Computer Science (CS 111), Carleton College, Fall 2013