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 Information

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.

Weekly Dashboard Reports

These are to be uploaded to both Canvas and INSuREHub, as described in the General Information handout.


Matt Bishop
Department of Computer Science
University of California at Davis
Davis, CA 95616-8562 USA
Last modified: December 30, 2021

Winter Quarter 2022