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EECS 700 Special Topics: Security on Emerging Networks
Fall 2012

  • Welcome! Deatiled schedule is available at Course Calendar.
  • Please submit Project Proposal by Oct 7! It is a one-page report including, but is not limited to, title, research problem or the description of the area to be surveyed, existing approaches or major related work, possible solution (methods/directions) or the organization of the work in the surveyed area (including the classification of sub-categories, and a list of 5-10 papers selected to review for each sub-category).
  • Proposal Presentation starts from Oct 10. Please prepare a 15-minute presentation for the proposal.
  • Final Report writing format:
    • For the survey paper, we will follow the submission requirements of IEEE S&P Systematization of Knowledge with small changes:
      1. Paper length is 10 to 12 pages (references and appendices are NOT included).
      2. Paper should be formatted for US letter size paper with margins of at least ¾ inch on all sides.
      3. The text should be formatted in a two-column layout, with columns no more than 9 in high and 3.375 in wide. The text should in Times font, 10-point or 11-point, with 12-point line spacing.
      4. IEEE conference proceedings templates can be found at http://www.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting. You can use either Word or LaTex (preferred).
    • For the project report, we will use the SAME format requirements. But the paper length limit will be 8 pages including references and appendices.
    • Final report will due on Dec 07 (request for extension needs to be sent by the end of Nov).
  • Final Project Presentation schedule is updated. Please prepare the slides for the 20-minute presentation on or before the assigned presentation date and submit to me by email.
  • Tips for project report writting: here are some sample survey papers: 1 and 2.

Course Description

This is an advanced course for graduate students interested in security and privacy research. It offers a broad introduction to security principles and mechanisms as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge of the hottest security and privacy research topics in several emerging networks. These topics include but are not limited to security and privacy in wireless mobile ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, smart grid networks, vehicular networks, P2P and overlay networks, VoIP, cellphones, RFID, cloud computing and online social networks.

The goal of this course is to involve graduate students in research, initiate some research studies on security problems of interest, and provide them training towards independent researchers.
Time and Location:
Class: MWF 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Location: LEA 3154
Office hours: MW 3:00 PM - 4: 00 PM or by appointment
Instructor: Dr. Fengjun Li, email: fli <at> ku <dot> edu, office: 2032 Eaton Hall
Topics to cover:
    • Basic security concepts
    • Security research methods
    • Foundations of modern cryptography
    • Group key management
    • Broadcast authentication

    Class discussions:
    • Wireless mobile ad-hoc network security, sensor network security
    • Smart grid network security, vehicular network security
    • Security in P2P, overlay networks, and VoIP
    • Trust and privacy in online social networks
    • Other miscellaneous topics (cellphone, RFID, cloud computing)
Computer security (EECS710), computer networks (EECS 780), or the permission of the instructor. This course might involve some programming in C, C++, or Java, so experience in programming are expected.
Course Materials:
No textbook will be required. The students are expected to read, understand, and discuss topic-related papers given in the Reading Assignments.
Tasks and grading:

    No written exam. Grading will be based on the following tasks and the final percentage are subject to change.

    30% Reading and Presentation: the students will be reading and presenting a set of papers given in Reading Assignments.

    10% Critical Review: each student will be writing critical reviews for a set of papers and participating in discussion after paper presentation.

    50% Projects: each student is expected to conduct a semester-long course project, which includes a mid-term proposal and a final project report.

    10% Participation: to be in class and join class discussion.

    90+ or top 30% will receive A; 80+ or top 60% will receive B; 60+ and top 90% will receive C; others will be D/F.