Paper Report

Due Date:

April 4

Select Paper:

January 31


Everyone, individually


Grad students, Honors contract students, others by arrangement



Reading and presenting papers is an important part of the academic life. Presenting a paper helps you by (1) forcing you to dissect the details of the paper and put each point into your own words, (2) giving you new perspectives as you discuss the paper with others, and (3) providing you a way to practice your public speaking skills.

Review the list of papers below and determine which of them interest you by doing the following:

  1. Carefully read the title and try to determine the problem the paper attempts to solve.

  2. Read the abstract and the conclusion sections of papers that interest you to better understand the problem, the authors’ approach, and the results from their experiments.

  3. Sign up for the paper that interests you the most at this link by the end of the day, Thursday, Jan 31, 2019.


  1. Detecting file fragmentation point using sequential hypothesis testing

    • Presenter: Robert Wasinger*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Zinah Midhaan

      2. Zakk Giacometti

      3. Gunnar Tweten

      4. Yuqi Liu

  2. Windows operating systems agnostic memory analysis

    • Presenter: Gennaro De Luca

    • Report Writers:

      1. Stephen Lockhart

      2. Kody Johnson

      3. Hoang Le

      4. Abhilash Alexander

  3. Lest We Remember: Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys

    • Presenter: Sohum Mendon

    • Report Writers:

      1. Ryan Giltner

      2. Daniel Davidson

      3. Natalie Gomez

      4. Quinn Fischer

      5. Peter Lorenzana

      6. Daniar Tabys*

      7. Nicholas Arnieri*

      8. Susanna D’Souza*

  4. Secure Audit Logs to Support Computer Forensics

    • Presenter: Samuel Rozinski*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Anh Nguyen

      2. Abhishek Patel

      3. Timothy Huynh

      4. Abhilash Alexander*

  5. Forensic carving of network packets and associated data structures

    • Presenter: William Murray

    • Report Writers:

      1. Lucas Jones

      2. Tyman Sin

      3. Jake Kufner

      4. Daniel Romo

  6. Towards Comprehensive and Collaborative Forensics on Email Evidence

    • Presenter: Aditya Abhyankar*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Dylan Sirower

      2. Stephen Flores

      3. Alyssa Goldstein*

      4. Natalie Gomez*

  7. Automatic Extraction of Secrets from Malware

    • Presenter: Anna Vuong*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Nicholas Arnieri

      2. Joseph Miller

      3. Fatima Alburaikan

      4. Dylan Brabec

      5. Caleb Schwartz

  8. Identification and recovery of JPEG files with missing fragments

    • Presenter: Kevin Clancy*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Charmaze Trinidad

      2. Mitali Jagdale

      3. Matthew Behrendt

      4. Karisa Kauspedas

      5. George Radau

  9. Automated forensic analysis of mobile applications on Android devices

    • Presenter: Calvin Wong*

    • Report Writers:

      1. Carter Kwon

      2. Kathryn Rawn

      3. Spencer Griffin

      4. Wyatt Carlowe

      5. Susanna D’Souza

      6. Courtney Ngai*

      7. Lucas Jones*

      8. Stephen Flores*

  10. Welcome pwn: Almond smart home hub forensics

    • Presenter: Connor Belanger

    • Report Writers:

      1. Junior Alvarado

      2. Joshua O’Callaghan

      3. Daniar Tabys

      4. Courtney Ngai

      5. Milan Patel

  11. Who watches the watcher? Detecting hypervisor introspection from unprivileged guests

    • Presenter: Eric DeJarnett

    • Report Writers:

      1. Connor Aitken

      2. Allison Low

      3. Alyssa Goldstein

      4. Anthony Sandoval

      5. Zoe Vasquez

      6. Nate Cortes

  12. dbling: Identifying extensions installed on encrypted web thin clients

    • Presenter: Meagan Stephan

    • Report Writers:

      1. Kaijene Roberts

      2. Meet Pathak

      3. Michael Brand Martinez

      4. Charmaze Trinidad*

      5. Peter Lorenzana*


The entries above with a star (*) next to them are the extra credit assignments. No penalty will be given if these assignments are not completed. Completed extra credit is worth up to 2% towards your final grade.

Paper Presentation

Read first.

Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present the chosen paper and answer 1-2 questions. A good rule of thumb is to prepare 20 slides and spend one minute or less on each of them. Remember that when speaking in front of people, most have a tendency to take more time on each thing they want to say than they thought they would when preparing their remarks.

High-level tips:

  1. There is no point presenting if others cannot understand what you are talking about. Help the audience understand what this paper tries to do before showing them how the paper does it.

  2. You do not have to present difficult technical contributions of the paper. You should digest the technical contributions and summarize in you own language and represent in a logical way.

  3. There is never enough time to talk about everything. So you need to focus on a clear goal and message you think the paper delivers.

  4. Use a large font in your slides. Avoid trying to cram too much into one slide and avoid reading everything on the slides. Use pictures and animations to attract the audiences.

  5. Your slides should be neat. Use the consistent font and size. Consistency is king.

  6. Make eye contact with the audience.

  7. Practice!

Suggested Outline: (Don’t follow strictly)

  1. Title of the paper. Your name. Names of the authors and the universities they are from. (1 slide)

  2. When was the paper published? Which conference or journal was the paper was published in? (1 slide)

  3. Background of this work. Motivation and Problem Statement. Why is the problem worth investigating? How does the solution to the problem advance our knowledge? (2-3 slides)

  4. Related Work. Prior attempts to solve the same and similar problems. (1-2 slides)

  5. The authors’ methods to solve the problem or the question. The key idea behind their approach. The system architecture or approach workflow. (3-6 slides)

  6. Present key results and key insights of the experiments or evaluations. Show interesting findings and takeaways. Feel free to take figures from the paper as long as they are consistent with your slides (3-6 slides)

  7. Summary and conclusion. The impact of this paper. (1 slide)

  8. Future directions. Your idea of how to continue working on this direction. (1 slide)

More reading:

Paper Report

Read first.

Read Section 1: Paper Presentation.

Your report should be at least 4 pages (12pt, 1.5 space, 1 in margins). You can use Word or LaTeX, but the final version must be a PDF. Your report should be neat. Use consistent font and size. Consistency is king.

High-level tips:

  1. The report is about explaining what this paper tries to do and how to do it in your own language.

  2. It is also about your understanding critiques. What you think is good and bad about the proposed approach in this paper.

Suggested Outline: (Don’t follow strictly)

  1. Title of the paper. Authors. Affiliations. Obviously, your name as well.

  2. Introduction. Problem statement.

  3. Background and related work.

  4. Their approach. What do you think about this approach? What are its advantages and drawbacks?

  5. Evaluation results. If you have a better idea to solve this problem, what kind of results would you expect from your approach?