Modern mobile devices have a host of sensors used for everyday life (CCD camera, accelerometers, GPS, RF, etc.). This course will explore the potential impact to national security by taking advantage of aggregate data derived from sensors in large numbers of devices, making use of the current (and possibly potential) set of sensors, enabled by analytics. We will consider the public policy implications (e.g. privacy, security, legal) vs the potential for contributing to the national security in the modern age.

The goal of this seminar is to provide the NSA with a white paper, detailing the current state‐of‐the‐art in the subject. Students will work in teams that are guided by faculty to explore the scientific, engineering and public policy aspects of the question. They will seek out leading researchers in the field, conduct literature searches, and present regular progress reports. Technical expertise not required, but analytical thinking will be extremely useful.

At the end of the semester students will present the final white paper to the NSA.

Assignments include:

• Course grades will be determined by participation, group projects, individual presentations and contributions to the final white paper.