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Shyamnath V Gollakota
CSE 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Computer Science

Studies of emerging areas and specialized topics in computer science.

Class description

CSE 599 N1 - Special Topics in Wireless and Mobile Systems

Student learning goals

Provides an introduction to modern wireless systems and several major areas of hot wireless research topics. This course is divided into three parts: The first part covers the basics of wireless protocols and networks, the second part covers various wireless applications, and the last part of the course covers advances at the wireless physical layer.

Lectures will discuss the conceptual underpinnings and key details of material from the assigned reading. Students must read the assigned readings before each lecture and come prepared with comments and questions. We value class participation.

The project component of this course will require hands-on experience with wireless research. The students will use software radios and off-the-shelf wireless cards to design and implement new technologies and applications. The students are encouraged to work in teams of two and come up with projects that incorporate wireless into their primary research area. The students are strongly encouraged to aim high - the ideal projects should be publishable in top ACM/USENIX/IEEE conferences in the area, such as SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, Usenix Security, Oakland Security, and NSDI. The main goal, however, is to try something innovative; a failure to obtain good research results is quite acceptable, but a failure to try isn't!

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Knowledge of elementary probability and simple statistics will be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

There will be multiple research papers to be read for each day of class. This course will be based on those readings, and a term project.

Class discussions should be informal and enjoyable. Everybody should feel comfortable commenting and offering their insight. The participation component of grading in this course will be based on active participation in discussion throughout the course.

Grading will roughly correspond to 75% project and 25% class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Pim Lustig
Date: 12/17/2012