Current Topics in Cybersecurity - S22

CSE 691


The goal of this course is to become familiar with the current state of modern research in cybersecurity.

In addition, students will become familar with the research process and how experts review research papers.

Course Info

Course Number: CSE 691 (29866)
Instructor: Prof. Adam Doupé
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 12:00pm–2:45pm (BYENG M1-09 and Zoom passcode provided on slack, ask instructor for access)


Throughout this course, we will emulate the Program Committee discussions that take place while a paper is under review.

First, students will split into groups for the duration of the semester. We will jointly decide the number of groups, and group number should be roughly equal.


Each week, each group will have one of the following roles (with roles rotating through groups fairly):

  • Lead Reviewer (one per week)
  • Meta Reviewer (one per week)
  • Reviewer

By EOD the Wednesday before, the Lead Reviewer will choose the paper to be discussed.

The Lead Reviewer and Reviewers will submit a review of the paper before EOD Tuesday. Note that groups are responsible for deciding how to write the review. They can rotate review writing responsibilities per week, or collaboratively write reviews.

During class on Wednesday, the Lead Reviewer is responsible for presenting the paper to the class and leading a discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the paper.

After class on Wednesday, the Meta Reviewer is responsible for summarizing the discussion and posting a blog post on the course blog.

Choosing Papers

Papers chosen must be from CCS 2021 or NDSS 2022.

Course Communication

All communication will occur in the course’s slack channel. Contact the professor to get access.


Students will be evaluated on their performance and participation in the course paper presentations and discussions.

Special Accommodations

Students requesting disability accommodations should register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and present the instructor with appropriate documentation from the DRC.

Syllabus Update

Information in the syllabus, may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice.

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