IS 3350 Doctoral Seminar (Systems and Technology)

Information Security


Fall 2010-2011


Wednesday 12:00 - 2:50 PM

Room: IS 411


James Joshi


Contact Info:
721, IS Building,

Email jjoshi[AT] pitt.edu 


(Reading list for week 1 added)


Presentation Schedule

Reading List

Some Initial Project Ideas

Important Links

Security Track



Course Objective

The goal of the Doctoral Seminar is to familiarize doctoral students with research and critical assessment and enable them to practice skills required for Ph.D. dissertation. This includes understanding and evaluating literature, presenting technical material and gaining experience in selecting topics of interest and doing original technical work on it.


This fall, the course will attempt to accomplish this through review of representative state of the art technical papers covering theoretical and practical issues related to various emerging information security issues and research challenges. While the key focus will be related to the trust, access control and intrusion/survivability management issues, other topics of interests to students will be accommodated.



The grading scheme will be as follows:

Presentation of assigned papers: 25%
Paper review: 25%
Class participation: 10%
Final project: 40%

Papers will be assigned for presentation every week. Students not presenting will be required to review papers (typically one each week) and participate in discussion. Participation is based on the quality of the questions and discussions in class.

Each student will choose a project to address a feasible research problem of interest and try solving it. Projects may also include reproducing significant published results. A maximum number of two students can be involved in a project. Each student will write a research proposal and then implement it.

If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union, 412-648-7890 or 412-383-7355 (TTY) as early as possible in the term.  DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

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