Student interests questionnaire

This questionnaire helps ensure there is a good match between your research interests and our research projects. Please fill it in carefully:

  1. Background. Would you say that you have more of computer “systems” background or more experience in other topics (e.g., theory, AI, etc.)
  2. Topics. For each of the following topics, indicate on a scale of 1-5:  “I have a lot of experience in….”
    • Programming in general
    • C
    • Assembly
    • Python
    • Reverse engineering / disassembly
    • Kernel hacking
    • Low-level networks
    • Intrusion detection systems
    • Crypto
    • Formal methods
    • Machine learning
    • Low-level x86 hacking
    • Low-level ARM hacking
    • Android
    • Hardware tinkering
    • Compilers (e.g., LLVM)
    • Side channels
    • Malware
    • Other, namely: ………………………………………………..
  3.  Expertise. Of all the above topics, pick up to 3 of which you feel you have most competence, e.g., relative to your peers. For instance, “I am really in reverse engineering, and low-level ARM hacking”
  4. Interests. Of all the above topics indicate which you find most interesting, by distributing 20 points over the topics. You may give all 20 points to 1 topic, or spread them out more over the different topics. However, remember that it should help us to make sure that you get a good match, so make sure you give more weight to 2/3 topics you find most interesting.
  5. Existing projects and papers. Which, if any, of the existing projects and/or papers interest you most?
  6. Courses. Which, if any, of our courses did you follow at the VU?
  7. Project. In case you know, indicate what sort of project you are most interested in.
  8. PhD. For Master students: after your Master, are you interested in pursuing a  PhD ?
  9. Type. Do you prefer to do a project internally at the university, or would you prefer a project in industry?
  10. Start date. When would you prefer to start your project? Note that bachelor’s projects have fixed start dates at the beginning of the fall semester and the beginning of the spring semester. Master’s projects and literature studies can start at any time during the academic year, but not in the summer break (July+August). We strongly recommend finishing all courses before starting on your project.
  11. Availability. How many hours per week will you be available to work on the project? Please indicate if you have a significant simultaneous workload, including other courses and jobs. Consider the full duration of your project (3 months for a BSc project, 1 month for a literature study, 6 months for an MSc project, or 7 months for literature study+MSc project).


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