Human Factors in Cybersecurity

Semester:2019 Winter
Credit Points:3 CP

In this seminar, students will be exposed to a researcher's bread and butter, i.e., diving into the research of the last decade in Usable Security and Privacy and getting to know the process of publishing a scientific paper.

Simulating a computer science conference’s publishing process, you will critically read and review papers, give short presentations and discuss the papers with other participants.

The topics will include (but are not limited to) usability challenges of authentication systems (including passwords), warning messages, TLS, permission systems, privacy for end-users and secure programming and configuration of computer systems.


Note: Due to a technical limitation, this seminar is listed in various LUH listings with weekly meetings. In reality, there will be only a few mandatory meetings (see important dates below).

Generally, the structure of this seminar aims to emulate a top tier IT security conference. To provide a balanced experience, all participating students will both act as “authors” and reviewer / program chair (PC).

As author:

  1. Submit “your” paper (due to time limitations: get assigned one of 3 already published papers).
  2. Defend “your” paper against 2 reviews in a rebuttal.
  3. Present “your” paper at the conference in a short presentation.

As program chair/reviewer:

  1. Write reviews for 2 other papers.
  2. Write a meta review (a summary of existing reviews + rebuttal) for 1 other paper.
  3. Present your meta review paper in a lightning talk and argue for/against accepting it.


Depending on the assignment, submission is either done via email or the HotCRP:


Important Dates

2019-10-1514:00-15:30Meeting[1]First Session
2019-10-1623:59DeadlineSelected 3 papers (Email)
2019-10-1823:59DeadlineHotCRP signup
2019-10-2723:59DeadlineReview paper bidding (HotCRP)
2019-11-01Review assingments available
2019-11-0514:00-15:30Meeting[2]How-To Session
2019-11-1523:59DeadlineFirst review submission (HotCRP)
2019-11-2923:59DeadlineSecond review submission (HotCRP)
2019-12-01Reviews available
2019-12-0423:59DeadlineRebuttal submission (HotCRP)
2019-12-13Meta-review assingments available
2020-01-0223:59DeadlineMeta-reviews (HotCRP)
2020-01-0523:59DeadlineSlides for lightning talks (Email)
2020-01-1414:00-16:00Meeting[2]PC meeting and lightning talk session
2020-01-2623:59DeadlineSlides for paper presentation (Email)

[1] Room F435, Welfengarten 1 (Welfenschloss)
[2] Room 3408-1526, Appelstraße 9a (Hochhaus Appelstraße)