Experiential Learning Platforms
Through the development of experiential learning platforms, researchers are able to test and implement new ideas, while simultaneously providing exclusive opportunities to BU students. The Institute hosts popular Cloud Computing, Data Mechanics, and Symmetric Cryptography courses. All three of these courses are connected to ongoing Institute-led research projects. If you are interested in working with the Institute to develop a new experiential learning platform, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloud Computing Course
The Cloud Computing course is open to undergraduate, master, and PhD students and is affiliated with the Institute’s Massachusetts Open Cloud project
. This course teaches students agile development and cloud computing skills. This course was developed and co-taught by Orran Krieger (Boston University) and Peter Desnoyers (Northeastern University), MOC project leads. Through a post-course survey, students concisely report feeling more prepared to enter the workforce and apply for cloud computing positions.
Data Mechanics Course
In a newly-developed computer science course, Data Mechanics for Pervasive Systems and Urban Applications, CS Lecturer and Hariri Institute Director of Research Development, Andrei Lapets, worked with students to apply various techniques and methods to retrieve and derive data sets, implement optimization algorithms, perform analyses, and create visualizations for a variety of challenges facing urban environments. Students work on a variety of projects, each closely linked to the work of the Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem (SCOPE)
. The course uses real-world data sets the City of Boston Data Portal, MBTA Developer Portal, and other sources.
Symmetric Cryptography: Design & Practice Course
Another newly developed course, led by MACS Director and RISCS Acting Director, Mayank Varia, offers students the opportunity to study techniques in the theory, design, and cryptanalysis of symmetric cryptography primitives. Employing a hands-on approach, students create original symmetric cryptography primitives to optimize a specific security goal or support a targeted environment. Past student projects described cryptosystems designed for lightweight CPUs, network security, SIMD support, stronger nonlinearity, and applicability toward secure multi-party computation.
Training Platforms & Opportunities
Furthermore, the Institute is engaged in developing a variety of training platforms and opportunities for the BU research community. If you are interested in developing or hosting a new training opportunity, please contact email@example.com.
Storytelling with Data Workshops
Founded and directed by Maggie Mulvihill, Hariri Faculty Fellow and journalism professor, the Storytelling with Data Workshop series is now in its second year. Co-sponsored by the Hariri Institute, the week-long course teaches working professionals from law, government, science, higher education, sales, finance, health care, and human resources how to leverage data to more effectively persuade an audience, tap into funding sources, edge out the competition, and inform and educate employees, clients, customers and shareholders. Over the past year, more than 90 participants attended three week-long workshops, including a new workshop designed specifically for political data storytellers.
Digital Humanities at BU
In an effort to advance the digital humanities by making computational techniques more accessible to researchers in the social sciences, the Institute has partnered with the BU Center for Humanities to develop innovative educational platforms and funding opportunities. Events such as the Data & Humanities Datathon and the 3D Visualization of Digitalized Landscapes workshops – led by Institute Steering Committee member Andrea Berlin – have opened new doors for social scientists at BU. Additionally, the Institute is co-sponsoring a Digital Humanities Seminar in the fall 2016 semester; the course is devoted to learning about and developing digital humanities project proposals and will be available to faculty, BU-affliated post-docs, and graduate students.
The Institute has an ongoing collaboration with the NSF’s GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) program. GENI provides a virtual laboratory for networking and distributed systems research and education, and is well suited for exploring networks at scale, thereby promoting innovations in network science, security, services and applications. Led by Insitute Fellow Abraham Matta (CS), the Institute hosted a valuable GENI workshop in 2016, which provided hands-on exposure to GENI test beds and tools and incubated ideas about how GENI can be used in research and education.