General Information


Class mode (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME): I will not require in-person attendance. I will offer the class remotely and synchronously via Zoom. To encourage participation, the meetings WILL NOT be recorded. We will be both synchronous in online and in person for both Tuesday and Thursday lectures. Please note that participation is part of the course grade, so those joining remotely are expected to participate in in-class discussion.

Masks in class: The USG will not allow GT to require masks or vaccinations. However, the public health evidence overwhelmingly indicates that both actions are key to reducing transmission and incidence of COVID. If you attend class in person, I strongly request that you wear a mask to keep yourself and others as safe as we can. I will be wearing a mask at all times.

Subject to change: I will revisit the course mode regularly based on public health information, Georgia Tech rules, and my judgement about the best way to create a good learning experience for this particular class.

Course description

Network measurement is a growing field within security, influencing topics ranging from network security to censorship to privacy to machine learning. This course covers traditional advanced network security and emerging empirical methodologies through the lens of modern papers across computer security. Course goals include broader understanding of empirical considerations (ranging from technical to ethical), and the ability to apply sound and rigorous methodologies to the students’ own research across all areas of network security.


  • CS 4235 Undergraduate Introduction to Information Security or equivalent

  • CS {3|4}251 Undergraduate Computer Networking or equivalent

  • CS 4237 Undergraduate Computer and Network Security or equivalent is helpful but not required

Class meetings

  • When: T/Th 3:30-4:45pm

  • Where: Instructional Center 105

Who should take 8803-EMS?

8803-EMS is primarily intended for PhD students (motivated seniors and MS students are also welcome!) who want to learn about both the fundamentals and latest research advances in network security.

Grading policy

  • Participation (10%): Attending and engaging with (asking questions, participating in discussion) class meetings.

  • Discussion Lead (during lecture) (10%): Presenting 1-2 paper summaries (pending enrollment) at some point throughout the semester. (Sign-up information pending).

  • Paper Summaries (written) (10%): Writeup and submit a brief paper summary and questions by noon the day before each lecture (beginning week 2). 3-5 will be selected at random for evaluation. Format:
    • What are the paper’s main contributions? (3-5 sentences max)

    • What parts of the paper are questionable? (E.g., methodology, omissions, relevance, presentation, ethics.) (3-5 sentences max)

    • What parts of the paper do you find unclear? (Optional)

    • Most homeworks will include an additional specific question or sometimes two regarding the topic, such as challenging you to come up with and defend a proposed solution. (3-5 sentences max)

  • Project (70%): A final project, including proposal, demo/presentation and write-up.
    • Proposal presentation (10%, Sep 27, Oct 11/13)

    • Demo & presentation (20%, Dec 1, Dec 6)

    • Write-up (40%, Dec 15)

All students must follow the academic integrity and Georgia Tech Honor Code.


  • Office hours: TBD

  • TA: Abhi Bhaskar. (Email)

  • Feel free to send us an email to make an appointment (Email)