Instructor: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Assistant Professor
Office: 311 Davis Hall
T/Th, 2:00-3:00 PM, or by appointment
Email: dimitrio [at] buffalo
Time and Location
- Lectures: T/Th, 6:30 - 7:50 PM, Davis 338A
- Project Meetings: (Tentative) Fridays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Davis 311
The course covers the state-of-the-art on a set of topics in wireless networking from a practical/systems perspective. Course material consists of a mix of current practice and advanced research.
The course is roughly divided into three parts. The first part offers an introduction to the basic 802.11 mechanisms (medium
access control, rate adaptation, power save mode) covering both the legacy 802.11a/b/g MAC
protocols as well as the most recent 802.11n/ac MIMO-based standards. The second part presents the state-of-the-art in wireless mesh networking
(WMN), discussing both traditional topics (link quality-based routing, WMN deployments,
measurements and evaluation) and novel techniques such as opportunistic routing and network coding. The third part presents recent advances in wireless networking, such as cognitive radio
networks and white space networking, advanced MAC protocol design, PHY-MAC cross-layer interactions, 3G/4G cellular networks, millimeter-wave networking, and novel wireless applications.
The main goal of the course is to help students understand the basic principles as well as the state of the art in a variety of topics in wireless networking. The course is suitable for students who have strong
interest in (wireless) networking and intend to pursue a career in the area. As a secondary goal, students will learn how to conduct a research project and how to communicate technical material effectively.
The project can be used to satisfy the project requirement of the MS degree.
Students need to have solid background knowledge in computer networking (CSE 589 or equivalent) and/or wireless communications.
The course is based on material from recent conference proceedings and journals.
The instructor will provide pointers to the papers in the reading list. The instructor will also provide his own lecture notes when necessary.
There is no required textbook for the course.
- Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, by Theodore S. Rappaport, Prentice Hall.
- 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, by Matthew Gast
- 802.11n: A Survival Guide, by Matthew Gast, O'Reilly Media
- 802.11ac: A Survival Guide, by Matthew Gast, O'Reilly Media
- Mobile Communications, by Jochen Schiller, Addison-Wesley.
Each week we will discuss two papers, one in each lecture. A list of papers from top networking and systems conferences (MobiCom, SIGCOMM, MobiSys, NSDI, CoNEXT, INFOCOM)
will be given for the students to pick which ones they prefer to present. All students are required to read the papers scheduled for presentation each week,
to participate in discussions in class, and to submit reviews for a subset of the papers. In detail, the course includes the following assignments:
You can find a set of recommendations on how to give a good presentation here.
Paper reviews: you will write reviews for 10 papers (you
will choose which ones). The
format of a review can be found here.
- Paper reading: we will read two papers per week. For those of you who are not
used to reading research papers, I recommend reading "How to Read a Paper" by S. Keshav.
- Class presentations: Each student will give two class presentations of research papers
reading list. To better prepare for the presentation, you are required to do the following:
talk preparation questions 7 days before the presentation.
- Email me (in plain text) your answers to the
- Schedule a preparation meeting with me the week before the presentation. Please
email me your slides before the preparation meeting.
Class discussions: discussions are an important part of the
course. You are expected to attend every class and ask questions/make
Class project: Projects can be done individually or (preferably) in teams of 2-4 people.
Written project proposals, final reports, and a project presentation at the end of the semester are required.
Details can be
found here. To help you with project selection, please fill this questionnaire.
- You are required to email the reviews to me
by 08:59 am on Tuesdays/Thursdays. Please only txt
- You cannot review the two papers which you will present.
- You can submit more than 10 reviews, the 10 best will be considered for your final grade.
(Tentative and subject to change)
- Project: 40% (proposal 5%, final presentation 10%, final report 20%, project meetings 5%)
- Paper presentations: 20% (10% each)
- Paper reviews: 20%
- Midterm exam: 15%
- Class participation: 15%
- Late policy: All assignments are due on the day and time posted. Late submissions will not be graded.
- No extra work in the next semester will be given to improve your grade.
- An incomplete (I) grade will only be assigned under extreme circumstances. Please discuss with the instructor. If you
do not work during the semester, you cannot receive an I grade.
- No tolerance on cheating!
- Paper reviews: Reading/discussing papers in groups is higlhy encouraged but reviews have to be written individually. You are not allowed to use any online material (with the exception of research papers) for a review even if you cite
the source. A review receiving a zero grade due to plagiarism will be included among the 10
reviews that will determine your final grade.
- Paper presentations: You are free to include any material found online (except
for slides from past offerings of CSE 701/708/630) in your presentations provided that you acknowledge the source.
- Students who do share their work with others are as responsible for academic dishonesty as the students receiving the material. Students are not to show work to other students, in the class or not. Students are
responsible for the security of their work and should ensure that printed copies are not left in accessible places, and that file/directory permissions are set to be unreadable to others.
- 08/18/2016: Course webpage is up.