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CS 7936 — Computer Security & Privacy Seminar, Spring 2015

Wednesdays, 12:00–1:00 PM, 3515 MEB (Graphics Annex)

Instructor: Tamara Denning


Week Date Facilitator(s) Paper(s)
1 1/16 Denning Organizational Meeting
2 Doodle Polling
3 1/28 Denning Private-by-Design Advertising Meets the Real World (Alexey Reznichenko, Paul Francis)
4 2/4 Denning A Practical Beginners' Guide to Differential Privacy - CERIAS Security Seminar, Purdue University (Christine Task)
5 2/11 Becker Customer-centric energy usage data management and sharing in smart grid systems (Lahoti et al)
6 2/18 Byrd End-to-End Availability Policies and Noninterference (Zheng and Myers)
7 2/25 No seminar this week
8 3/4 Ballantyne Scantegrity II: End-to-End Verifiability for Optical Scan Election Systems using Invisible Ink Confirmation Codes (Chaum et al)
9 3/11 Denning (seminar cancelled)
10 3/18 no meeting — University spring break
11 3/25 Guest Speaker: Dan Bowden (CISO at University of Utah and University of Utah Health Care)
12 4/1 Attend instead: Anton Burtsev Colloquium (Decomposing Commodity Kernels for Security)
13 4/8 Aldous SoK: Secure Messaging (Unger et al)
14 4/15   No Seminar
15 4/22 Aravapalli On the Feasibility of Large-Scale Infections of iOS Devices (Wang et al)


(Page formatting cheerfully borrowed from CS 7934.) The spring 2015 offering of CS 7936 will focus on reading and discussing papers from recent security conferences on a variety of topics.

The goal is to increase participants' familiarity with recent and important results in the area of computer security & privacy research. Attendees will read and discuss papers from recent top-tier security conferences. Attendees will typically discuss one paper each week. Papers will be selected by presenters based on their interests.


Students may enroll for one (1) credit. Although the University lists the course as “variable credit,” the two- and three-credit options are not currently available.

Students enrolled in the seminar are expected to read the papers prior to the seminar. Additionally, students are expected to sign up to lead the discussion on one or more seminar meeting. Leading the disucssion means:

  1. Choosing the paper and submitting it the week before the seminar meeting;
  2. Preparing a 7-10 minute summary of the paper and its pertinent points;
  3. Preparing potential discussion points if the discussion needs prompting.

Potential Papers

Upcoming and recent conference proceedings are good sources of papers for discussion. Below are links to some relevant conference series.