Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Usable Security and Privacy (Sommersemester 2018)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme) , Dr. Anne Kayem (Internet-Technologien und -Systeme)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 30.04.2018
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 16

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • ISAE: Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
    • HPI-ISAE-S Spezialisierung
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-A Analyse
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-E Entwurf
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-K Konstruktion
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-ITSE-M Maintenance
  • ISAE: Internet, Security & Algorithm Engineering
    • HPI-ISAE-T Techniken und Werkzeuge


This seminar is centered on the observation that human factors play an important role in the proper use of security and privacy solutions. We will look at the problem from the perspectives of security and privacy experts, as well as everyday users. Our goal will be to find ways of understanding of how users interact with security and privacy systems particularly in terms of the mental models that influence usage decisions and choices. Understanding the difficulties and challenges users face, and why these issues occur is important in preventing misuse, and/or subversive activities due either to error or ignorance.

The seminar is open to students who are interested in learning about usability and user-interface problems related to security and privacy. No prerequisites are required.

A project-based approach will be used in which we will study how to design and conduct usability studies to critically analyse user issues in security and privacy systems. Project work will be conducted on a pre-agreed topic in teams of two.

Details on projects will be provided on 09.04.2018. You will find a project list here.

Once you have decided which project you would like to work on, please use this link to indicate your preference.

You may only choose ONE project. You are advised to work as a team of two, but it is alright to choose to work on your own.


No prerequisites are required, but it might help if you don't have an aversion to talking to people.


Relevant literature will be provided to you during the course of the semester.


Evaluations towards the final grade, will be based on presentations of results (mid-point and final), as well as a technical report of 6-8 pages (3000-4000words) on the findings of the study.


09.04.2018: Introduction and Project descriptions

16.04.2018: Experimental Design, Statistical Analysis, and Project Allocations

23.04.2018: Collecting and Analysing Qualitative Data, and Mixed Methods (T-Tests and ANOVA Data)

28.05.2018: Mid-point presentations (preliminary results)

09.07.2018: Final Presentations

20.08.2018: Report Submissions