ECS 289M, Winter/Spring Quarters 2018
Introduction to Research in Computer and Information Security
The goal of this class is to introduce students to real-world research problems.
This class will be done in collaboration with external organizations such as
government agencies, commercial firms, and (possibly) organizations within UC Davis.
Those organizations will propose research problems that the organization wishes to
pursue. Each problem has a “sponsor”, or someone in the organization who
will mentor the students working on the project. Students see the proposals, form
teams, and apply to the sponsor to do the projects. The sponsor then evaluates the
teams and picks one to work with. The sponsor and students scope the work to
something suitable for the length of time of the class, and then the students
conduct the research. We expect the students to meet weekly with the sponsor to
discuss progress and ensure the research is on the right track.
This class is intended for graduate students who want to carry our research in
computer security. Our focus is on research that will be useful to the sponsors and
organizations. It is a 2-quarter class (Winter and Spring 2018 Quarters). Please
plan for both quarters if at all possible.
Also, see the Weekly Dashboard Reports below.
- List of projects you are interested in; 200 word summary of the readings
Due: January 12, upload to Canvas
- Project bid
Due: January 19, upload to both PURR and Canvas
- Select a paper in one of the topics, 5 minute presentation of it
Due: January 24, upload paper, presentation to Canvas
- Draft proposal
Due: February 1, upload to Canvas
- Final project proposals, and 10 minute presentation of it
Due: February 9, upload project proposal to both PURR and Canvas, and the presentation to Canvas
- Literature review
Due: February 26, upload to Canvas
- Draft progress report
Due: March 9, upload to Canvas
- Final progress report, and 10 minute presentation of it
Due: March 15, upload progress report to both PURR and Canvas, and the presentation to Canvas
- Draft final report
Due: May 25, upload to Canvas
- Final report, poster, and 20 minute presentation
Due: June 6, upload final report to both PURR and Canvas, and the poster and presentation to Canvas
Weekly Dashboard Reports
These are to be uploaded to both Canvas and PURR, as described in the General Information handout.
- Dashboard Template and Example [PPTX] [PDF]
Due: Mar. 1, 8; Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 31
- R. Anderson, “Why Information Security is Hard — An Economic Perspective”, Proceedings of the 17th Annual Computer Security Applications Conference pp. 358–365 (Dec. 2001); DOI: 10.1109/ACSAC.2001.991552; local copy on Canvas
- M. Bishop, “Design Principles”, Chapter 14 in Computer Security: Art and Science, Second Edition (draft); local copy on Canvas
- S. Keshav, “How to Read a Paper”, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review 37(3) pp. 83–84 (July 2007); DOI: 10.1145/1273445.1273458; local copy on Canvas
- R. Linger, L. Goldrich, M. Bishop, and M. Dark, “Agile Research for Cybersecurity: Creating Authoritative, Actionable Knowledge When Speed Matters” Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Science pp. 5958–5967 (Jan. 2017); DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.723 local copy on Canvas
The project descriptions are all on PURR. Here is what is available there:
You will need an account on PURR to access these. Please send the instructor your name and email so the co- ordinators can provide you with one.
Department of Computer Science
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8562 USA
Last modified: January 5, 2018|
Winter Quarter 2018