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Master's Thesis - Organizational Information
Your thesis should be written in English.
Please look at Purdue's Online Writing Lab. It is a great resource!'
Please prepare an abstract for the thesis that contains following items
- Problem statement and Goal of the work
- Expected outcome / results
- Research methodology
- Preliminary schedule and planned workpackages
- State-of-the art (including at least 4 references to relevant research)
- Please use a textfile or a spread sheet to record your working hours. This will give you (and me) a better overview whether you work efficiently on your thesis...
- approx. 25000 words
- min. working hours 750 (30 ECTS)
- References. Please use ACM (http://www.acm.org/publications/latex_style/), IEEE (http://www2.computer.org/portal/web/cscps/formatting) or APA style (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/). Personally I prefer ACM but all three are fine.
- Information on formal details (Registration, Submission)
Research Methods in Social SciencesIf you use methods of social sciences please refer to this book:
- Nicola Döring, Jürgen Bortz, Sandra Poschl, Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation: in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften, Springer, 2014.
- Uwe Flick, Qualitative Sozialforschung, rowohlts enzyklopädie, 2007 (3. Auflage 2010).
Conferences & Journalsthat can give you ideas on research topics. The core contribution of very good Master's thesis should have a realistic chance of being accepted at a good conference.
- Usenix Security (rated A*)
- ACM CCS (rated A*)
- IEEE S&P (rated A*)
- NDSS (rated A*)
- ACSAC (rated A)
- ACM TOPS (fromer TISSEC) (rated A*)
- Elsevier Computers & Security (rated B)
Videos & other links
- Purdue University Security Seminar
- Science Direct
- Ed Felton's reading list (dated 2013 but still nice)
- The best bibliography on blockchain and distributed ledgers. I have to admit my PhD students created it...
- Davide Balzarotti's System Security Circus v3.0
- Conference/Journal Rakings