Survey Paper

Duration – about 5 weeks (about 5 hours per week effort - 25 hours average)


  1. Identify a narrow research topic (What is the problem?)
  2. Conduct a thorough related work search (How have others tried to solve the problem?)
  3. Write a survey paper that summarizes and synthesizes the area

Sample topics: (choose an area that interests you!)

  • Annotated bibliography from class
  • Class presentations

How to choose a topic?

  • Select a topic that interests you
  • Is there a security aspect in your current line of research?
  • Talk to me about problems related to current research in ISRL.
  • Look through recent conference proceedings for the latest research results


Annotated Bibliography Due March 10, Friday, 5 PM

Status Reports Informal update on your progress Due on some Thursdays starting on March 3

Draft 1 - Due March 17, Friday, 5 PM

  • No format requirements.
  • Depending on the status of your project, this could be anything from an informal status report to a paper draft.
  • Your draft should convince me that you are being productive and are on track for a successful project.

Draft 2 - Due March 31, Friday, 5 PM

  • Requirements:
  1. Abstract <br>What is the problem? Why is it important? Who cares about it?
  2. References <br>Up-to-date reference section with complete information (full venue name, date, etc.) and a consistent style. No annotations.
  3. Related work <br>What have others done to solve the problem
  4. Conclusion <br>Synthesis of the work
  5. Formatting - Single or double column. I will send you feedback electronically.

Final Paper - Due Tuesday April 12 at 6:00 PM

  • Minimum length limit of 4,000 words (excluding references)
  • Aim for 4,000-5,000 words
  • Single or double column, 11 pt font, 1 inch margins
  • Seek outside peer review before submitting final draft
  • Submit pdf file online. Add a comment of the approximate word count of the paper excluding references.
  • 10 pt penalty for each day late
  • 5 pt penalty if word count not provided
  • Grading scale
    • 10 pts References - consistent style, complete information
    • 10 pts Abstract
    • 10 pts Motivation - why is the problem important?
    • 10 pts Related work - what have others done to solve the problem
    • 20 pts Synthesis - how well did you synthesize the material and show connections
    • 20 pts Writing style - polished, evidence of editing and review
    • 20 pts Writing clarity - can I understand your paper?

Final Exam Presentation - see class schedule

  • Time limit: 15-20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.
  • Submit a copy of slides in ppt format prior to the final.
  • Grade scale
    • 10 pts Quality of slides
    • 10 pts Delivery - quality of verbal presentation
    • 25 pts Content - how well did the presentation teach the audience about the topic?
    • 5 pts Time management - does it look rehearsed?

Self evaluation - Due before the final exam, submit online

  • Length - max one page
    • What did you learn?
    • What went well and what did not go well with your project?
    • What would you do differently if you did the project again?
    • What grade do you think you earned?
    • What were your strengths displayed during the course?
    • What were your weaknesses displayed during the course?
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