All students in this course will be required to complete a project throughout the semester. Students can work in groups of three students (more maybe allowed after discussing with the instructor). The scope of the project will scale with the size of the group. Project topic should be relevant to known real-world privacy incident or issue. Your task can be: 1) analyze the privacy incident/problem highlighting how the incident happened, its impact and ways to solve it; 2) conduct measurement studies to showcase the prominence of a known privacy issue; 3) develop counteremasures to an existing privacy issue; or 4) conduct user oriented studies to highlight gaps in the mental model of common users.

Schedule

Deadline Assignment
09/07 Project topic selection due (10 points)
09/12 Project topic assignment discussed in class
10/24,10/25,10/26 Project progress discussion with instructor (30 points)
11/28, 11/30 Final Project Elevator Pitch (20 points)
12/05 Final report (40 points)

The various project assignments are designed to make sure you make proper progress on your project. These assignments will enable you to obtain early feedback on your ongoing work. All project related assignments will be graded within one to two weeks if they are submitted on time. No late assignments will be accepted, except for legitimate reasons. Students may also submit these assignments early for early feedback.

Deliverables

Topic Selection

One submission per group through a Google form. You are expected to submit your own topic ideas (provide a small paragraph describing the topic you want to work on). Please submit two to three ideas using the following Google Form. You can propose to work in groups of three students.

Project Progress Discussion

You will get 10-15 minutes to present your ongoing project work. Project presentation is an opportunity for you (and your team) to get early feedback on your ongoing work. To ensure you make the best use of this opportunity, please outline your presentation to include the following items (this is a rough outline, so feel free to modify as you see fit):

Grading rubric
Criteria Weight
Problem motivation 20%
Your proposed approach to address the issue 40%
Progress thus far 30%
Next steps 10%

Final Project Elevator Pitch

You will get 5 minutes to present your ongoing project work. To ensure you make the best use of this opportunity, please outline your presentation to include the following items (this is a rough outline, so feel free to modify as you see fit):

Grading rubric
Criteria Weight
Problem motivation 20%
Your proposed research 40%
Findings 40%

Final Report

One submission per group. After title provide all the team member names and unity IDs. Submission should be in PDF. Final report should contain link to GitHub or Google drive for relevant code and data.

Use Latex with font size 11pt and single space. The final report should be around 6-8 pages excluding references. Use the ACM Latex style file available here ACM_LATEX. Use the sample-sigconf.tex sample and change the font size to 11pt [\documentclass[sigconf,11pt]{acmart}]. Or use Overleaf. Submissions not following this format will be penalized.

Here are some things we will be looking for in your report:

Please submit your final paper in PDF format.

Grading rubric
Criteria Weight
Introduction and motivation 10%
Related literature/work 15%
Proposed research 25%
Findings 30%
Future directions 10%
Reference 10%