|Office Location||DC 3518|
|Office Hours||Tuesdays, 3:30–4:30 pm, or by appointment|
|Seminar times||MW 1:30–3:20, DC 2568|
This is a seminar course that examines current research into technologies that help users maintain their privacy, both online and in the real world.
This seminar will primarily consist of reading, reviewing, and presenting research papers. There will be two papers assigned to each class period, selected from the following topics:
All students are to have read both of the papers before the class, and to have submitted a review for one of them (of the student's choice) by 1:00 pm on the day of the lecture. Each paper will be presented to the class by one student, in a 25-minute conference-style presentation. The student presenting the paper will then lead the class in a discussion of the paper, taking 55 minutes for the presentation and discussion in total for each paper.
All students must also submit presentation feedback forms [TXT, PDF] (one for each of the two presentations per class period) by 2:30 pm of the day following the class period. These forms will be made available (anonymously) to the presenter.
Students will work in pairs on an original research project on some topic related to privacy enhancing technologies. Each pair will submit a proposal to the instructor no later than 21 Oct at noon. Near the end of term, they will present their work to the class in a 30-minute (including five minutes for questions) conference-style presentation. In addition, by the end of term, they will produce a workshop-quality paper, 10–15 pages in length, describing their project.
Grades for this seminar will be calculated as follows:
|15%||Reviews of papers and presentations|
Grades will be available after the end of term through LEARN.
Note that students are not generally permitted to submit the same work for credit in multiple classes. For example, if a student has reviewed or presented one of the papers in another seminar class, he or she should avoid reviewing or presenting it again for this class.
The general university policy:
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Avoiding Academic Offenses Most students are unaware of the line between acceptable and unacceptable academic behaviour, especially when discussing assignments with classmates and using the work of other students. For information on commonly misunderstood academic offenses and how to avoid them, students should refer to the Faculty of Mathematics Cheating and Student Academic Discipline Policy.
Appeals: A decision made or a penalty imposed under Policy 70, Student Petitions and Grievances (other than a petition) or Policy 71, Student Discipline may be appealed if there is a ground. A student who believes he/she has a ground for an appeal should refer to Policy 72 — Student Appeals.
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