Datalab: Intelligent Data Analysis for Computer Security


SemesterWinter 2020
Course typePractical Course/ Lab
LecturerJun.-Prof. Dr. Wressnegger
AudienceInformatik Master & Bachelor
Credits4 ECTS
Room149, Building 50.34 and online

Remote Course

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this course is going to start off remotely, meaning, the kick-off meeting and the individual units will happen online. The final colloquium, however, will hopefully be an in-person meeting again.

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In this practical course, the students develop learning-based systems for different computer security tasks, thereby intensifying their knowledge gained in the lecture "Machine Learning for Computer Security."

The students have the unique opportunity to design, implement, and evaluate systems based on real-world data used in computer security research.

The "Datalab" is composed of 6 units with several individual tasks covering different topics from classical computer security research, such as attack detection, spam classification, or vulnerability discovery. In each unit, the students develop an approach, train and validate it on known data, and submit their solution to the course platform, where the approach is tested against unknown data.

The best approaches are awarded at the end of the semester and presented at a joint colloquium and get-together.


10. NovKick-off &
Unit 0: An easy start
17. Nov and 24. NovUnit 1: Lots and Lots of Spam
1. Dec and 8. DecUnit 2: Network-based Attack Detection
15. Dec and 22. DecUnit 3: Embedded Malware
12. Jan and 19. JanUnit 4: Bot Detection on Social Media
26. Jan and 2. FebUnit 5: Adversarial Machine Learning
16. FebAward ceremony and presentation at final colloquium


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