ECS 289M, Winter/Spring Quarters 2022
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 2022 Quarters). Please
plan for both quarters if at all possible.
Class Videos and Slides
Not every class has a video, and not every class has slides. Here are the ones we have.
The due dates may change due to COVID or co-ordination issues. Remember,
the other schools are on the semester system and so end earlier than our spring quarter.
The INSuRE repository will be on EasyChair; I will post the link when I know it.
Also, see the Weekly Dashboard Reports below.
- List of projects you are interested in; 200 word summary of the readings
Due: January 7, upload to Canvas
- Project bid
Due: January 18, upload to both the INSuRE repository and Canvas
- Give a 10-minute presentation of the project chosen
Due: January 21, upload presentation to Canvas
- Draft proposal (optional)
- Final project proposal, and 10 minute presentation of it
Due: January 28, upload proposal to both the INSuRE repository and Canvas, and the presentation to Canvas
- Literature review
Due: February 15, upload to Canvas
- Draft progress report (optional)
Due: March 10, upload to Canvas
- Final progress report, and 10 minute presentation of it
Due: March 17, upload progress report to both the INSuRE repository and Canvas, and the presentation to Canvas
Presentation: March 18, present project and progress report to other mentors and INSuRE teams
- Draft interim report (optional)
Due: May 1, upload to Canvas
- Interim report, poster, and 20 minute presentation
Due: May 6, upload interim report to both the INSuRE repository and Canvas, and the poster and presentation to Canvas
Note: other teams will be giving their final report, but we continue until the end of the quarter
- Draft final report (optional)
Due: May 28, upload to Canvas
- Final report, poster, and 20 minute presentation
Due: June 1, upload final report to both the INSuRE repository and Canvas>, and the poster and presentation to Canvas
Note: Final presentations will be during the final exam time, which has not yet been assigned
Weekly Dashboard Reports
These are to be uploaded to both Canvas and INSuREHub, as described in the General Information handout.
- Dashboard Template and Example [PPTX] [PDF]
Due: Feb. 11, 24; Mar. 3, 31; Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 20
- 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
Department of Computer Science
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8562 USA
Last modified: December 30, 2021|
Winter Quarter 2022