AIDL_A05: Research Methodology, ethics and personal data protection
Research Methodology, ethics and personal data protection


In this course, students will examine various topics on research methodology, specially focused on artificial intelligence and deep learning. In particular, starting with the presentation of topics related to the publication of results, writing publications, presentation and dissemination of their work, they will learn about the importance of creating and using datasets, the quality of information as well as the results and effects on the modelling accuracy, and how to choose the right tools for data exploitation. Moreover, they will learn about the regulatory and legal framework for personal data protection, and how their research can comply with privacy rules, as well as ethical issues regarding the collection and use of data related to personal activities.

  • Writing a scientific publication, methods of writing, literature research, logical structure, avoiding plagiarism, repositories, choosing the appropriate publication channel (conference, journal, etc.), relevance and heterogeneity.
  • What is considered as personal data, GDPR, data owner consent, data depersonalization
  • Data quality and characterization, methods of creating and augmenting datasets

This course is using project-based assessment. Students are asked to deliver reports on the following (indicative) topics, and their grade is based on the level of completeness of the report (80%) as well as the evaluation of the corresponding presentation (20%) they are asked to do:

  • Writing and cross-validating a mini report based on specific material on an AI related topic
  • Framework description for the collection, processing and use of personal data for the development of AI models
  • Apply the principles of research methodology to develop a well-structured research plan and project, including data collection and analysis techniques.
  • Utilize appropriate tools and techniques to manage and preprocess data effectively for AI and deep learning research.
  • Analyze the regulatory and legal framework for personal data protection, focusing on the ethical considerations related to data collection and usage in personal activities.
  • Evaluate the potential consequences and ethical implications of using personal data in research, considering privacy rules and legal requirements.
  • Critically assess research outputs and publications in terms of their adherence to ethical guidelines and data protection regulations.
  • Develop strategies for disseminating research findings while maintaining the privacy and data protection principles, addressing both academic and societal concerns.


Course Features

Course type: Major

Semester: 1st

ECTS: 3   

Duration: 13 weeks  

Courses: In class lectures + online

Language: English

Assessment: Project based



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