Students will work on privacy-related projects in groups of one or
two (because three is a crowd). The amount of work should be
appropriate to the group size. You will be graded on the basis of
a project description, a final project report, and you final project presentation.
|Project proposal paper
|Project proposal presentation
|Project status report
|Informal progress updates
|Final project report
|Final project presentation
- Project proposal (Oct 1): 3–5 page project description with 1-inch margins and
- Section 1, Introduction: Motivate the problem you
are trying to solve. Include a couple of references of the most
recent work in this area.
- Section 2, Approach: Describe your approach for solving the
problem. What is new and interesting about this approach? How is it better than existing work?
- Section 3, Deliverables: Describe what you hope to accomplish by the end of the
- Section 4, Schedule: Propose a schedule of milestones, with a 1–2 week
granularity. The goal is to have a plan. It is okay to deviate
(within reason) from this plan as the semester progresses.
- Project proposal class presentation (Oct 6): 10 minutes per group, around 4 slides total on 1) Motivation, 2) Approach, 3) Benefits over existing work, 4) Schedule and Milestones
- Project status report (Nov 17): This report will be an
early draft of your final project report. Create a template based
on the instructions for the final report and include all
sections. I expect the following sections to be well written:
Abstract, Introduction, Overview of Approach. In this report it
should be absolutely clear by now what you're doing in your
Next, the Protocol/Architecture/Design section should
have some technical detail on your solution and a high-level
architecture of your solution (I want to see that you have started
hashing out some of the details), but I won't expect a
polished writeup. Include details about what you have so far and
what you're planning on completing for the final report. The remaining sections should
have some placeholder text (such as bullets) showing that you're
at least thinking about what will go in there. Evaluation should
include your current plans for evaluation. Related work
should contain a sizeable bibliography of papers related to your
- Final project report (Dec 12): Conference-quality project report due. 10–15 pages,
1-inch margins, 11-pt font. Suggested outline
- Abstract (around 200 words)
- Introduction (includes references to highly-relevant related work, i.e., state of the art for the problem you are trying to solve)
- Overview of Approach (a nice and accessible "English" description of your approach)
- Evaluation (don't forget to interpret your data)
- Discussion (discuss some of the important simplifying assumptions, and suggest possibilities for future work)
- Related Work ("somewhat related" work goes here; directly related work goes into the Introduction)
- Conclusions (don't summarize your work here. That's what the abstract was for. Instead provide some philosophical ruminations of your work and future possibilities, i.e., conclusions that you have arrived at as a result of your work.)
- Final project presentation (Dec 15): 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A per group
Manage your time well, and start early!
You have an automatic 4-day extension for the project description,
progress report, and
final report. You will be
penalized 25% for every day it is late beyond this
extention. You are required to submit
satisfactory versions of these reports within 8 days of the deadline to pass the class.
You can work on any project related to privacy. Please come talk to me
for specific project ideas.