Your course project should consist of original research and address an important, interesting open problem related to computer security — ideally cloud or distributed systems security. It's up to you to find a good topic, but I'd like to discuss your ideas with you in order to help refine them.
You'll be working in groups of 2–3. The larger the group, the more I'll expect you to accomplish. The end products of your project will be a 20 minute presentation given to the class during finals week as well as 5–8 page paper that, ideally, is of sufficient quality and novelty to submit to a workshop or conference in computer security. There will also be several milestones throughout the quarter:
Form a group and tentative project and idea, and schedule a meeting with me to discuss and refine it.
Write a 2–3 page description of your project and email it to me. It should include:
Write a concise status report (no more than two pages) and email it to me. It should answer the following questions:
Email me a second status report following the format of the first.
Give a 20 minute conference-style talk on your project.
Your group's final project report should be 5–8 pages and written in the style of a workshop or conference submission, like most of the papers we have read this quarter. Please include at least the following:
See also: Advice on writing technical articles.
Like a real workshop submission, the length of your report should not exceed 8 typeset pages, excluding bibliography and well-marked appendices. There is no limit on the length of appendices, but graders are not required to read them. The text must be formatted in two columns, using 10 point Times Roman type on 12 point leading, in a text block of 6.5” by 9”. I strongly encourage you to use LaTeX and the USENIX template files. Please submit your report via email to me.
As mentioned above, you should aim to produce a work of sufficient quality and novelty to submit to a workshop or conference in computer security. I'd be glad to discuss potential venues with you.