CS293G: Computing on encrypted data (graduate)
Your final grade for the course will be based on the following weights:
- 50%: Reviews/comments/summaries/insights on assigned readings
- 30%: Class participation
- 20% (plus an optional 30% extra credit): Research proposal
Before the start of a lecture (that is, 1 PM on the day of the lecture), you will
submit an insightful review of the
assigned readings for the lecture. By "insightful", we mean something that is
not simply a rewrite of the content of the readings, but rather something
that demonstrates in-depth understanding (and strengths/weaknesses) of the
material, and perhaps talks about alternate design points or directions for future work.
Not all of the submitted reviews will be
graded; instead, the instructor will randomly pick a few (perhaps three to five per
lecture) and grade them. To receive credit, you must make a credible
effort. Points will be awarded, based on the following criteria.
- If your submitted review is selected for grading, but your submission is
blank, then you will score negative points.
- If you submit a dull review or simply paraphrase what is written in the
readings, you will also receive negative points. Writing an insightful review
will require effort, so don't plan to read the readings a few hours before the
lectures. Quality and depth matter most. And you need to be
clear and neat. If the instructor can't understand what you have written, he
can't give you credit! Your review doesn't have to be long---even one page
reviews can be very insightful and thought-provoking.
- If your submission is not selected for grading, you will receive a zero.
- If your submission doesn't fall in the above categories, then depending on the quality you will receive up to 100 points.
Your review submissions may have at most 3 pages of content including
bibliographic references. You must use: Times New Roman font, a minimum font
size of 10 pt with at least 2 points of spacing between lines, and minimum 1
inch margins on all sides. Your review may reference figures/tables/code/etc. in
readings. Your instructor won't read a review beyond its third page.
Your research proposal will be in two parts. First, in the middle of the quarter
(see the course schedule for the exact due date)
you will submit a preliminary version of your proposal. This preliminary version
should clearly state the problem statement, motivation, and give an idea of
the related work and key insights. This version should be at most
2 pages of content; you may use extra pages for bibliographic references. Your
proposal must follow the formatting requirements mentioned above. Your
instructor will read your proposal in detail and provide feedback, especially on
whether he thinks that your idea has potential to advance the state-of-the-art.
Based on your instructor's feedback you will refine your proposal and
produce the final version. Note: proposal's that don't promise to advance the
state-of-the-art will receive zero points, and proposal's that show promises of
turning into a publication will receive extra credit.
Turn-in policy and
Late submissions will not be accepted, except in three cases:
- Illness, which requires a doctor's note. The
instructor will not
look at such notes; instead, bring the note to the graduate program
coordinator, who will communicate with the instructor.
- Death in the immediate family.
- Accommodation for students with disabilities, as prescribed by the
No extensions will be given for any other reason (including job interviews,
business trips, work on research publications, etc.).
Collaboration, source material, and academic
Here is this class's collaboration policy:
We will enforce the policy strictly.
Penalties of failing to comply with the policy include an F grade in the
course, referral to the university's disciplinary body, and possible
expulsion. Note that we will use a variety of mechanisms to detect cheating,
including text-similarity detection softwares, so getting away without being
detected will be hard.
- The work that you turn in must be yours.
Do not discuss your reviews or research proposal,
in any form, with your classmates or others outside the class until after
the due date of the review or research proposal. (You may discuss your proposal
idea with others after submitting its preliminary version.) You may discuss your
proposal idea with the instructor via email or in a private meeting.
- You must acknowledge your influences. This means, first,
writing down the names of people with whom you discussed the readings or the
ideas behind the proposal,
and what you discussed with them. If student A gets an idea from
student B, both students are obligated to write down that fact and also
what the idea was. Second, you are obligated to acknowledge other
contributions (for example, ideas from Web sites or other sources).
That is, consistent with the policies and
normal academic practice, you are obligated to cite
any source that gave you an idea.
- You must not look at, or use, solutions from other incarnations of the
course or the Web, or
seek assistance from the Internet. For example, do not download or look at
publicly available reviews for the readings covered in this course.
Ask your instructor, via email or
Piazza, if you have questions about this.
- You must take reasonable steps to protect your work. You
must not publicly publish your solutions (for example on github or
stackoverflow), in this quarter or any future quarter. You are
obligated to protect your files and printouts
More about source material
Per the policy above, you may not look at any course material relating
to any project similar to this course's assignments. You may not
look at work done by students in past years' courses. You may not look at
similar course projects at other universities. If you are unsure about whether
a particular source of external information is permitted, contact the
instructor before looking at it.
More about academic integrity
The above guidelines are necessarily generalizations and cannot account for
all circumstances. Intellectual dishonesty can end your career, and it is your
responsibility to stay on the right side of the line. If you are not sure about
You can submit any graded item for a regrade, under the following
conditions. First, you need to submit a clear, written statement that
explains the request (what was wrong and why). Second, you must submit
your request within one week of when the graded work was returned.
Third, we will reread and regrade the entire review, proposal, etc. (so a
regrade can potentially decrease your grade.)
Last updated: 2020-01-02 13:57:52 -0800