CS6461 -- Advanced Computer Networks (Fall 2008)
||MWF 12:05pm - 12:55pm
Byung K. Choi
307 Rekhi Computer Science Hall
||Office hours: Anytime (Check
out Instructor Schedule before walking in)
||Office hours: TBD
This course has two objectives: one is to equip students with good
knowledge on the selected advanced research topics in networking, and the other
is to help students significantly improve research skills in terms of
writing and presentation. Good knowledge will be obtained by attending
and participating lectures. Readings will be provided.
By performing a term project, students will experience a full cycle of
typical research activities including literature survey, problem formulation,
giving assumptions, providing a solution, providing a plan of evaluation of
the solution, and finally presenting of the project results.
After taking this course, students should be able to conduct research or
a project with a minimum level of guidance from their advisers.
If desired, students will be able to extend the project toward their
theses/project-report by filling up the missed evaluation part.
Quality projects will be helped for a submission to conferences.
In this course, we will study some of the most advanced research topics
in computer networks. Your goal is to be an expert on the selected most
advanced topics. You will read more than 30 research papers throughout
this course (roughly one paper per lecture).
We will tentatively
discuss the following issues. Things may change as we go along,
so please check back later frequently!
- Anonymous Communication I
- Grand Challenges in Computer Networks
- MIX nodes
- MIX networks
- Anonymous Communication II
- Overlay Networks
- Future work
- Traffic Analysis
- Anonymity breaking
- Traffic volume analysis
- Traffic timing analysis
- Traffic pattern analysis
- Traffic Measurement
- What to measure
- Where to measure
- Measure-free network?
No textbook is required. Lectures will be given with related research
papers. Click here for the reading
The course will consist of a research project and two open book exams.
Ideally, grades will be assigned along the following lines:
- A: (90 - 100) Understanding of the material presented in class
and in the literature. Excellent completion of the
projects. Indication of ability to independently
develop new ideas based on material learned in class.
- B: (80 - 89) Good understanding of material presented in class
and in required reading. Good completion of the projects.
- C: (70 - 79) Some understanding of material presented
in class and required reading. Completion of the projects
at unsatisfactory level.
- D: (60 - 69) ....
| Problem Formulation
|| Related Work
|| Proposal and a Plan of Evaluation
CS4461 (Computer Networks) or equivalent, ask
There will be a research oriented project, which could be used
for MS project or thesis. More information about projects will be
The project will be done either by a group of two students or
indivually. This means that it is a good idea to start looking
for a partner soon.
- Lateness will penalize one third of the earned points of the item
per class day.
It goes without saying that the highest level of academic integrity
is expected for students in this class. While discussions among
students on the analysis of problems and on the development of
general solution approaches is welcome (encouraged, in fact,) the
idea has to be of the individual student or of
the individual project team. Spelled out, this means:
Whoever violates these rules must expect to fail this course.
- For the project: Do not make design documents or code available
to other teams. Do not use other teams' design documents or code.
Do not copy someone else's idea from the Internet.