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CS999 - Introduction to Introductions

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Syllabus

Instructor: Jakob Eriksson
Meets: TR 11-12:15 in A4 LC

15 weeks, 30 sessions

This class consists of an in-depth study of wireless networks, with the goal of giving students a solid background for understanding the theory and practice behind wireless, multi-hop mesh and ad-hoc networks. In today's commonplace ``WiFi'' networks, each access point (AP) is typically connected to a building's wired network infrastructure, making the wireless part simply a ``last hop'' solution. In wireless multi-hop mesh and ad-hoc networks, a large part of the network may consist of wireless links, vastly reducing the cost of deployment, but also introducing both practical and theoretical problems along the way.

The course will cover a wide range of topics, starting at the physical characteristics of wireless data transmission, and reaching all the way up to perceived web-browsing performance. Projects will focus on practical experience and experimentation with wireless networks.

Topics covered (tentative):
Factors in wireless network performance
Routing in ad hoc networks
Routing in mesh networks
Reactive vs. proactive routing
Opportunistic routing strategies
Multihop Wireless Network security
Routing metrics
Wireless rate adaptation
Cross-flow interference
Network coding
Self-interference in multi-hop networks and TCP performance
TCP flow control
Transparent web proxies and split TCP

We will read 40 papers this semester. For each paper, there will be one presenter, and one 'opponent', where the duty of the opponent is to lead the discussion after the presentation, with prepared questions and commentary for the presenter and the group as a whole. Everyone is expected to have read the paper before the presentation, and to contribute to the discussions.

Each session is 75 minutes, each containing 2 presentations of 20 minutes each. Presentations preceded by a 5-minute paper summary and context prepared by opponent, and followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments, first by opponent, then by group, after each presentation.

Presentations are to be created by the presenter, using figures from the paper and figures created by the presenter. Using figures from existing presentation material is not allowed.

In the last few sessions, we will have project presentations, 2-3 presentations per session, no opponent. 3-5 page project reports, written in LaTeX, ACM two-column, 11pt conference format, to be turned in by noon, Mon Apr 19.

Grading Criteria:

Paper presentations / opposition: 50%
Participation in discussions: 20%
Project: 30%
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