Privacy-Conscious Computer Systems

  • Malte Schwarzkopf
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Meeting Time:K hr: T,Th 2:30-3:50
Offered this year?Yes
When Offered?Most years


We will examine research papers on distributed system design, privacy-preserving, and secure computing techniques, and discuss how to apply these ideas in practice. The goal is to understand if, and how we can better protect the sensitive data we entrust to computer systems, both against leaks and against unauthorized or unethical use. We will look at web services, datacenter systems, distributed communication systems, and machine learning systems. During class, you will present and discuss papers, finish a set of hands-on assignments, work on a research project, and present your project at the end of the semester. Pre-requisite: CSCI 0330, CSCI 0300/1310, and CSCI 1380 or instructor permission. CSCI 1670/1690 and CSCI 1660 are recommended.

This is a discussion-focused course and thrives on everybody's contributions, as well as on group work for projects. In-person course meetings will allow live remote participation (likely via Zoom); this means you must be able to attend live. There are no recorded lectures (though videos of presentations may be available), and participation makes up part of the course grade. If live attendance will be a challenge for you, please contact the instructor prior to enrolling.

Group projects may involve collaboration with remote team members; however, each student gets to choose their team and nobody will be forced to collaborate in-person or remotely.

CRN: 17379