• Books,  ProfGiri,  Reading

    #Books: Life, Productivity, Biography, and India

    Even though I would like to read more, last few months have been productive in terms of reading books compared to the past, here are some excerpts (that are profound and relatable) from interesting books that I finished recently. Life Once in a while I look at the books suggested by Bill Gates, in one of his list, there was “Life Is What You Make It” by Peter Buffett. I have read / seen a lot of videos about Warren Buffett (more on this in future blog); I went and checked their relationship to find Peter was Warren’s son. I read some reviews of the book and then decided to…

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  • ProfGiri,  Students

    This is Why I Love My #ProfGiri #3

    Once again it is that time of the academic year when all graduating students and Research Associates are moving / moved on to the next phase in their life; starting work or grad school in India or flying off to some grad school outside India. It is super gratifying to see students achieve their goals, and more satisfying to play a role in the process. Below is the list of students (arranged in alphabetical order of last name) who have spent significant amount of time working with me this year / last 2 years or more / who are graduating with me or I have written a Letters of Recommendation…

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  • ProfGiri,  Social Media,  Students,  Teaching

    Projects, Methodology, Results, and Blogs. Privacy and Security in Online Social Media @ IIITH

    Continuing the tradition of capturing project ideas, methodologies, results, and artefacts from the course in a blog, here are the projects from the Fall 2018 edition of PSOSM @ IIITH. For Fall 2017 edition @ IIITD, please visit here. I taught TM18004: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media in Fall 2018 semester. This is my 1st full time teaching experience at IIIT Hyderabad. It was super exciting to teach as a faculty in the same institute where I had taken courses (in 2003 / 2004). It now makes most sense to me why faculty who teach at their alum institutes take so much pride, I have so many friends…

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  • Experiences,  ProfGiri,  Teaching

    Ideas, Projects, Methodology, Results, Blogs, and Videos. Privacy and Security in Online Social Media.

    I taught CSE648: Privacy and Security in Online Social Media in Fall 2017 semester. We had 108 students taking the course for credits, and 5 Teaching Assistants. We also had 2 Research Associates helping with the course. There were in total 22 projects developed as part of the course. It was wonderful to see the projects spanning all popular networks, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Tinder, Foursquare, YouTube and many networks that are designed for specific purposes like Twitch, SoundCloud, GoodReads. The intention for this blog is to capture all the projects related details and share it widely for larger audience. Thanks to all the wonderful work by students in the class.…

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  • Experiences,  ProfGiri,  Teaching

    Another amazing edition of CSE 501: Designing Human Centered Systems

    Teaching DHCS has always been fun and exciting! As always, I had a lot of stories to tell students on the first day of class, about the past editions of the course, with descriptions of the projects, video recordings of past students, and Facebook pictures of BBIs! In total, we had 108 students take the course, with 20 projects, and 6 Teaching Assistants. We had wonderful guest lectures by Karan Gupta from Dropbox (IIITD Alum, MS in Design from Univ. of Washington), Apoorv Narang from Instawork (IIITD Alum, MS in HCI from Carnegie Mellon University), Prof. Timothy Moyers (faculty at IIITD), and Harshita Arora, an unschooler! All these guest lectures…

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  • DeanGiri,  Experiences,  ProfGiri

    #DeanGiri V1.0

    It is natural in the course of a faculty’s life to take up administrative roles in the institute. Rolling positions of Deans, HoDs is something faculty would do at least once in their career. While it is very prestigious to be a Dean or HoD, it also means less time for research, attending more meetings etc. So, obviously it was a mixed emotion when I started as the Associate Dean of Communications and Alumni starting July 1, 2017. I was excited that I will be interacting with students/alums all around the world. This is something I have been doing for past some years on my trips to various cities in…

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  • Experiences,  ProfGiri

    This is Why I Love My Job #2

    Once again it is that time of the academic year when all graduating students and Research Associates are moving on to the next phase in their life; starting work or grad school in India or flying off to some grad school outside India. I don’t have to write the nth time how much I love my job. But will definitely like to mention that it is very gratifying to see students achieve what they want to achieve and it is even more satisfying to know that, as a faculty, we play a small role in their achievements. Below is the list of students (arranged in alphabetical order of last name)…

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