Lecture Type
Prof. Dr. Michael Backes
Kick-Off (Thu, 21.04.2016, 16-18, E9.1 R0.06)
How-To Session (25.05.2016, 16-17, E9.1 R0.06)
PC Meeting (18.06.2016, 09-17, E9.1 R0.07)
Conference (16.07.2016, 10-17, E9.1 R0.06)
see below, 12-15 slots
Office hours
By arrangement, Email to Mathias Humbert

Latest News

  • 16.07.2016: Conference
  • 18.06.2016: PC Meeting
  • 16.06.2016: Rebuttal Deadline [Preponed by one day]
  • 10.06.2016: Review Deadline
  • 03.06.2016: First Review
  • 25.05.2016: How-To Session
  • 21.04.2016: Kick-Off Meeting
  • 21.04.2016: Registration is closed
  • 31.03.2016: Added registration information
  • 29.03.2016: Updated date for Kick-Off meeting
  • 21.03.2016: The course website is online


In this seminar, we will take a close look at the last decade of research on privacy and privacy enhancing technologies. Our main focus will be on the theory of private data release and data protection. We will simulate a computer science conference’s review process by critically reviewing, presenting and discussing research papers with the participants in a 2-day block seminar.

The topics will include (but are not limited to) Differential Privacy and Mechanism Design, Private Machine Learning, Genomic Privacy and Cryptographic Constructions for Privacy.


Registration for this seminar is closed.

Mailing list

Once registration is complete, we will set up a mailing list you can use for general discussions and to ask questions.

We will also set up a conference paper management system where you will need to register to get access to the research papers and submit your reviews.

Assignment and Grading

You will write 3 critical reviews for research papers, write one rebuttal based on 3 reviews for one paper, write one meta review based on 3 reviews, one rebuttal and the discussion of the paper in the physical PC meeting, present one paper 20 minute presentation plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. You will discuss other students’ presentations and reviews critically. Grading will be based on your written work, your presentations and your participation in the discussion of the papers.