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Poll for interest! The first round of module offerings for the new “Tutorial and state of the art course in TECoSA topics”

This new course will be offered from Autumn 2021. Since the discussions at the 3rd Quarterly meeting back in February, we have been gathering potential course content and would now like YOU to vote on which module(s) you would be most interested in!   Answers by 30 June, please, so we have time to work with your feedback.

Below are descriptions of the 11 modules to be offered in the first round. Please read through and then fill in a very short on-line survey to indicate whether a module appeals or not (“yes, no, maybe”). The survey is anonymous and not a commitment – we  just want to ensure that what we offer is what members want.

Module A: Trustworthiness and Dependability in Edge-based CPS (key areas: Safety, Security, Predictability)
Timing: Aug-Dec 2021
Content: An overview of established views and definitions; relationships between concepts; trends; “schools”.

Module B: Fundamentals of Bayesian Inference using Probabilistic Programming (key areas: Safety)
Timing: Oct-Dec 2021 or Jan-Mar 2022
Content: *Basics of bayesian inference (SMC, MCMC); *Bayes rule, probabilistic modeling; *Using probabilistic programming to solve Bayesian probabilistic problems. Given through interactive lectures, hands-on exercises and take home exercises.

Module C: Safety Awareness Training (key areas: Safety)
Timing: Aug-Dec 2021
Content: *Why you need to develop safe products (- Liability); *Prove your innocence (- Follow safety standards); *Legal significance of standards (- Engineers cannot hide from faults causing accidents)
*What is functional safety? (- Computer control systems: A story of faults) (- Why is it so difficult to build safe and reliable computer control systems?  Fundamental limits) (- Functional safety terminology) (- Safety planning: How to set up a successful “safe” development process; How to set up a successful “safe” organization); *Roles and responsibilities (- How can you prove you are innocent with respect to liability by developing and maintaining your product in as safe way?) (- Challenges when developing safety-related control systems); *The functional safety workflow (- Risk classification) (- Root cause analysis) (- Diagnostics and safe design) (- Architecture selection) (- Verification and test) (- Compiling the safety case; proving your innocence) (- Safe system development according to  ISO26262/ISO13849/EN50128; will also mention other standards); *Software development according to standards); *Recap and conclusion

Module D: Fundamentals of Security for Edge Computing (key areas: Security)
Timing: 2022 (tba)
Content: *Introduction to cryptography (secret and public cryptosystems, encryption and authentication basics); *Attack vectors; *Anti-tamper techniques.

Module E: ML Security and Privacy (key areas: Security)
Timing: Apr-June or Oct-Dec 2022 (tba)
Content: *Taxonomy of attacks on ML; *Adversarial attacks on classification; *ML fingerprinting and watermarking; *Definitions of privacy; *Approaches to privacy preserving learning.

Module F: Industry Security Challenges in Cloud Deployments (key areas: Security)
Timing: Aug-Dec 2021
Content: To highlight problems and identify research opportunities: *Introduction (Threat model in cloud, ideal wanted position); *Solution with TEEs (Trusted Execution Environment) and short-term challenges; *Potential residual threats (e.g. side channel attacks, trust in HW vendors).

Module G: 5G Security Standardization in 3GPP (key areas: Security)
Timing: Oct-Dec 2021
Content: A sneak peek into how 3GPP – the defacto standardization organization for all Gs – works in general. Then, we will describe the most important security and privacy features that were introduced in 5G, making 5G the most trustworthy mobile network generation ever.

Module H: Multi-agent Decision Making (key areas: Predictability)
Timing: Jan-Mar or Oct-Dec 2022
Content: *Game theory fundamentals; *Models of learning; *Emergence of equilibria.

Module I: Industrial, Reliable Wireless Networking – Fundamentals and Systems (key areas: Predictability)
Timing: (tba)
Content: *Underlying principles; *Communication theory background; *Implementation principles; *Examples (iWLAN, IO-Link, 5G, 802.11be)

Module J: Machine Reasoning Explainability (an AAMAS tutorial) (key areas: Predictability)
Timing: (tba)
Content: *Concept; *Technical Part 1(Inference-Based Explanations; SAT/SMT Analysis of Inconsistencies; Argumentation-Based Explanations); *Technical Part 2 (Explainable Planning; Symbolic RL, Explainability; Causal Approaches to Explainability); *Conclusions

Module K: Programming Python AI study circle (key areas: Predictability)
Timing: Apr-June 2022
Content: Learn Python programming skills