The Web Security Seminar Giancarlo Pellegrino


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The Web Security Seminar

For registration, please apply for this seminar through the central seminar assignment system.


In this seminar, students will learn to present, analyze, discuss, and summarize papers in different areas of Web security. The seminar is taught as a combination of a reading group with weekly meetings and a regular seminar, where you have to write a seminar paper. Specifically, each student will get a single topic assigned to them, consisting of two papers (a lead and follow-up paper).

For the weekly meetings, all students must read the lead paper and write a one-page summary of the paper, including discussion points, before the meeting. In the meeting, the assigned student will present the follow-up paper (20-minute presentation + 10-minute Q/A). Afterward, the entire group will discuss both papers.

Finally, each student will write a seminar paper on the assigned topic, for which the two papers on the topic serve as the starting point.


Important Details

  • Kickoff: TBD
  • Regular seminar starts TBD
  • By TBD, submit the paper summary (one page max) with discussion points: three items for the strengths, three items for the weaknesses, and future work
  • Optional feedback round/practice talk on Thursday before the presentation (arrange exact time with supervisor)
  • Attendance in all meetings and submission of summary and discussion points for each topic is mandatory. For exceptional cases, contact the teaching staff.
  • Note that we will not offer a hybrid solution. We plan to have in-person meetings as long as possible and switch to fully online if the need arises.

Seminar Paper Details

We will cover the different types of seminar paper during the kickoff session.

All seminar papers are due on [TBD]. Based on your submission, you will receive feedback within one week and have until [TBD] to improve your paper. The paper grading will be on the final version. Note that the first submission must already be sufficient to pass. If you submit a half-baked version of the paper, you will flunk the course.

Each paper must use the provided template. It must not be longer than 8 pages, not counting references and appendices. Note that appendices are not meant to provide information that is absolutely necessary to understand the paper, but rather to provide auxiliary material. Papers can be shorter, but in general the provided page limit is a good indicator of how long a paper should be.


List of Topics and Papers


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