Dr. Rachel Greenstadt
Department of Computer Science
Office: University Crossings 140
Tel: 1 215 895 2920
Email: greenie AT cs drexel edu
Office Hours: Wed 3:00-4:00 or by appt
Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them. --- Alfred North Whitehead
Our increasingly networked, digitized, and automated world introduces interesting security and privacy challenges (and opportunities) as humans, organizations, and machines are combined into massive and massively complex systems. This seminar will explore these issues.
This is a graduate course, so students should be prepared to
read papers and conduct research.
Students should have a background in one of
The idea is that you should ``bring something to the table'' for the
class and be prepared to play a bit of catch up for the things that
you don't know. If you are unsure about your preparation, please contact
me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Enthusiasm counts for a lot!
- AI/agents/machine learning
- behavioral economics/HCI/usability
Coursework and Grading
This will be a seminar style course. It will mainly involve
engaging with papers in the scientific literature and
working on a research project. Good
projects will form the foundation for a research paper.
The topic of the project and its parameters are to be determined
through agreement between instructor and student. A project proposal, final
written report, and final presentation to the class will form the basis of
the project grade. Projects may be done individually or in teams of up to
2 people. If project is done in a team, all members will get the same grade.
Single projects are expected to be as good as group projects.
Detailed project description
Below is the grading breakdown:
Each student will be responsible for leading a 70 minute discussion related
to one of the readings. This should include a 20 minute presentation on
related material (a related paper, filling in background students may
not possess, and/or an application of the material discussed). The rest
of the time should be spent engaging the class in a discussion of the
In an experimental portion of this class, students will be partnered with
one or more other students to help them with their project. The job of the
peer reviewer will be to critique and provide advice to other students regardingtheir research projects.
You will meet with your reviewer for the first time in week three. In week
three, your job is to bring a draft of your project proposal to class and
you will go over it with your reviewers. You will also meet with your
reviewer in week 7 to discuss project progress. The reviewer will write
a formal paper review of his/her assigned project in in the last week of class.
Week 7. May 11, 2009. Peer review. slides about this assignment
The class participation grade will be determined by (1) Active participation in class discussions and exercises and (2) Online discussion of the supplemental readings. You must participate in both to get a good grade, but if you are quiet in class (or need to miss a lecture or two), you had better contribute heavily
to the online discussion.
Discuss the readings on the discussion board located at the
bbvista website. The first posts are due Friday, April 3, 2009 at 5 pm.
This class requires that you participate in online
discussions about the supplemental readings.
Discussions will be graded on a scale from 0-3, where
0 = no participation, 1 = minimal participation,
2 = satisfactory participation, and
3 = exceptional participation.
What constitutes satisfactory participation?
There will be an online discussion thread for each student-led discussion.
This means some weeks (when there are two student-led discussions) you will
be responsible for four posts/replies on each thread for a total of eight.
Most threads will concern one paper, but a few will include two. Make sure
that for threads that include two papers you participate in discussion of
In the first discussion phase (lasting until Friday evening), you will be
asked to post one or two messages to the board. These messages should
demonstrate thoughtful engagement with the reading and provoke discussion.
They can be critical reviews (or praise) of some aspect of the paper,
suggestions for possible future or related work (new research questions),
comments relating the work to material studied in lecture or in the textbook,
or other insightful discussion question/topic you fancy. We'll continue the
discussions in class, so help make this class what you want it to be.
You also need to reply twice (or three times if you had only one initial post
for a total of four posts) to other posts and questions. The response
should have substance. No "me too" posts: if you agree, explain why and
add something to the discussion. Disagreement is fine, even encouraged, but
explain your reasons, and keep it thoughtful, respectful, and civil. The
graded portion of the discussion will end Sunday night at 5 pm, so that
everyone can look over the threads before class, but feel free to keep talking.
Feel free to add more off-the-cuff messages and replies. Freewheeling
discussion is fun and informative; just make sure that you have at least four
more substantial posts and replies. Also, remember that substance does not
equal length. A short paragraph should be sufficient if it's good.
Feel free to suggest improvements to the discussion format in the guidelines
thread or privately to me. I may revise these guidelines over the course of
the term to improve our collective experience.