Warning: The various due dates on this page are subject to change during the first 2 weeks of class
Research PaperStudents will work on an 8–10 page (double spaced) term paper in groups of one or two students (groups of three are not allowed). The paper should identify an interesting topic related to security or privacy and provide a survey of existing solutions and research related to this topic (I expect about 2–3 appropriate research papers to be referenced in addition to commercial technologies and other resources). Additionally, the student must provide thoughtful directions for future work on this topic.
Grading of research paper
For each deliverable, each student will need to complete an additional OnCourse 'assignment' where you characterize your individual contribution to the a) background work on the project and b) writing of the paper. Both aspects are equally important in determining your individual grade. I expect both students to contribute significantly to both aspects. In particular, if you leave most of the writing to your project partner, your grade will be significantly reduced. Aim for no more than a 60-40% discrepancy in your individual contributions to each component.
Proposal (Oct 9)1 page paper description with 1-inch margins, 11-pt font, single spaced.
Outline for proposal:
Final report (Dec 3)Final report due. 8–10 pages, 1-inch margins, 11-pt font, double spaced.
Outline for term paper:
Final presentation (Nov 30/Dec 1)"3 minute madness": We will have 2–3 minute presentations where you will quickly tell the rest of the class about the interesting problem you explored and what your salient findings were. End with one or two recommendations, e.g., if your project explored cloud security and privacy, you could end with "if you want a secure cloud storage alternative, we suggest X because ..."
Late reports?Manage your time well, and start early!
You have an automatic 3-day extension for each of the proposal, status, and final reports. You will be penalized 25% for every day it is late beyond this extension.
Topic ideasYou can work on any topic related to computer security and privacy. Please come talk to me for specific topic ideas.