The goal of doing a project in this course is to explore data privacy by yourself and find something that interests you and make you feel really excited to investigate deeper. During the process, you will learn and practice to do a comprehensive review, plan on your time to finish a project, and write reports.

You are not restricted to follow any format. Latex or Google doc or anything that can convey the knowledge would suffice. There are two categories of a project:

If you aim to do a research project and you put a lot of effort into, say, organizing and cleaning existing methods that no one ever did before (which is also very important), but you only produce a minor new result, that is probably unfortunate in real research. But it is fine in this class, as we can evaluate on both sides. Similarly, if you find new insights during your evaluation, that is also great. Please mark your contribution from two sides clearly.

You are allowed to work individually or form a group of at most two, but keep in mind the expected amount of work will also double if you work in a group. Students in a group will be given the same grade. There is no preference from my side on the research format, topics, or whether you work individually or in a group.

A good project consists of a good proposal (topic evolves as the project goes on, but the more planning you do at this stage, the better), a comprehensive survey of existing work within the topic, and a complete execution. At any stage, you are very welcome to send your plan or draft to the instructor or TA for feedbacks to keep yourself on track.

Some ideas (and you are very welcome to come up with your own idea):