Please see INF723 syllabus for complete policies.

Course Information

Monday 09:20am-11:20am
BB 356
Amir Masoumzadeh
Office Location
Office Hours
By Appointment
amasoumzadeh [at] albany [dot] edu (Always, include "INF723" in the subject of your email.)


Due dates

Due dates for assignments are indicated in the "Assignment" column of the schedule below. The followings are applicable to the paper readings that are due for each session (note that there is no extension or makeup):

Lecture and Assignment Schedule

The schedule will be regularly updated during the course of the semester.

Week Topic Reading Assignment
8/31 Introductions (Syllabus, Final Paper, ...)
9/7 Classes suspended: Labor Day
  • Final Paper: Abstract due 9/10
9/14 Classes suspended: Rosh Hashanah
9/21 Information and Information Theory
  • Final Paper: Proposal due 9/25
  • RAT 1 on 9/21
9/28 and 10/5 Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Homework 1 due 9/30
  • RAT 2 on 9/28
10/12 No Class (Amir@CCS)
  • Paper01 summary due 10/10
  • Paper01 summary reviews due 10/13
  • Homework 2 due 10/16
10/19 Computation Theory
  • RAT 3 on 10/19
  • Final Paper: Progress Report 1 due 10/30
  • Paper06: D. Shahaf, E. Horvitz, and R. Mankoff, "Inside Jokes: Identifying Humorous Cartoon Captions," in Proceedings of the 21th ACM SIGKDD International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining - KDD '15, 2015, pp. 1065-1074. [Kevin]
  • Paper07: D. Coetzee, A. Fox, M. A. Hearst, and B. Hartmann, "Chatrooms in MOOCs," in Proceedings of the first ACM conference on Learning @ scale conference - L@S '14, 2014, pp. 127-136. [Felippe]
  • Paper08: M. Bostock, V. Ogievetsky, and J. Heer, "D3: Data-Driven Documents.," IEEE Trans. Vis. Comput. Graph., vol. 17, no. 12, pp. 2301-9, Dec. 2011. [Amy]
  • Paper09: Y. Liu, K. P. Gummadi, B. Krishnamurthy, and A. Mislove, "Analyzing facebook privacy settings: user expectations vs. reality," in Proceedings of the 2011 ACM SIGCOMM conference on Internet measurement conference - IMC '11, 2011, p. 61. [Mahdi]
  • Homework 3 due 11/05
11/9 Simulation Science
Guest Lecture by Prof. Eliot Rich
A link to the Dropbox folder containing readings/instructions for this session has been posted in the BlackBoard/Readings folder.
11/16 Information Physics
Guest Lecture by Prof. Kevin Knuth
  • Paper10: J. M. Kleinberg, R. Kumar, P. Raghavan, S. Rajagopalan, and A. S. Tomkins, "The Web as a Graph: Measurements, Models, and Methods," in 5th Annual International Conference, COCOON'99 Tokyo, Japan, July 26-28, 1999 Proceedings, 1999, vol. 1627, pp. 1-17. [Mohammed]
  • Paper11: D. Liben-Nowell and J. Kleinberg, "The link-prediction problem for social networks," J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci. Technol., vol. 58, no. 7, pp. 1019-1031, May 2007. [Nim]
  • Paper12: K. Thomas, E. Bursztein, C. Grier, G. Ho, N. Jagpal, A. Kapravelos, D. Mccoy, A. Nappa, V. Paxson, P. Pearce, N. Provos, and M. A. Rajab, "Ad Injection at Scale: Assessing Deceptive Advertisement Modifications," in Proc. IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy (SP), 2015, pp. 151-167. [Patrick]
  • Paper13: A. Hassan Awadallah, R. W. White, P. Pantel, S. T. Dumais, and Y.-M. Wang, "Supporting Complex Search Tasks," in Proceedings of the 23rd ACM International Conference on Conference on Information and Knowledge Management - CIKM '14, 2014, pp. 829-838. [Yenisel]
  • Final Paper: Progress Report 2 due 11/24
  • Paper14: L. Kari and G. Rozenberg, "The many facets of natural computing," Commun. ACM, vol. 51, no. 10, p. 72, Oct. 2008. [Kahyun]
  • Paper15: A. J. Quinn and B. B. Bederson, "Human computation," in Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '11, 2011, p. 1403. [Monica]
  • Paper16: L. Barrington, D. Turnbull, and G. Lanckriet, "Game-powered machine learning," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., vol. 109, no. 17, pp. 6411-6, Apr. 2012. [Martha]
  • Paper17: S. Asthana, P. Singh, and P. Gupta, "Survival Analysis: Objective assessment of Wait Time in HCI," in Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15, 2015, pp. 367-376. [Wen]
  • Final Paper: Poster @Mini-Showcase (optional) due 12/1
12/7 Final Paper: Presentation
12/14 Final Paper: Presentation
  • Final Paper due 12/14