Instructor: Dimitrios Koutsonikolas, Assistant Professor
Office: 311 Davis Hall
T, 11:00-12:00, or by appointment
Email: dimitrio [at] buffalo
Time and Location
- Lectures: W, 5:00 - 7:30 PM, Davis 113A
- Talk preparation meeting: T, 11:00 - 12:00 PM, Davis 311
The seminar will cover the state-of-the-art in cellular networking from a practical/systems perspective. Course material consists of a mix of current practice and advanced research.
Example topics include: 3G/4G performance, 3G/LTE energy consumption, WiFi offloading, multipath TCP, bufferbloat in cellular networks, voice over 3G/LTE, mobile data charging issues,
cross-layer interactions, congestion control and bandwdith estimation.
The main goal of the seminar is to help students understand the basic principles as well as the state of the art in a variety of topics in cellular networks. As a secondary goal, students will learn how to
how to read and review research papers and how to communicate technical material effectively.
The seminar is suitable for students who have strong interest in (wireless) networking and intend to pursue a career in the area, e.g.,
PhD students already working in wireless networking or MS students interested in doing research in the field (in the form of independent studies and/or MS Thesis).
One of the goals of this seminar is to identify, by the end of the semester, a set of open research problems on which students can work during the summer or the next semester, e.g., in the form of independent studies.
CSE 4/589 and/or CSE 630. Students are expected to have solid background in computer/wireless networking. If you haven't take any of the pre-requisites, and you want to take this
seminar, arrange for a meeting with the instructor. Send email to email@example.com including a brief description of your relevant background and why you are interested in this seminar.
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.
Each week we will discuss one topic. A list of papers from top networking and systems conferences (MobiCom, SIGCOMM, MobiSys, NSDI, CoNEXT, INFOCOM)
will be provided for each topic. One of the papers for each topic will be listed as mandatory paper and the remaining ones as related papers. All students are required to read the mandatory papers,
submit reviews for a subset of them, and participate in discussions in class.
Each lecture will consist of two parts. In the first part (1.5 hours), we will be discussing the mandatory paper (one student will be presenting). In the remaining time, another student will be summarizing the related papers
and lead the discussion on the topic of the week.
In detail, the course includes the following assignments:
You can find a set of recommendations on how to give a good presentation here.
Related work summary: It is highly recommended that you use slides to summarixe the related work. You should discuss the papers listed in the
reading list and any other paper you think is relevant. Ideally, you should discuss with the presenter of the mandatory paper both the mandatory and the related papers in order for both of you to get a better understanding
of the topic.
Paper reviews: you will write reviews for 3-5 mandatory papers (you
will choose which ones). The
format of a review can be found here.
- Paper reading: 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 present one research paper
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 during my office hours (Tuesday 11-noon). Please
email me your slides before the preparation meeting (preferably by Sunday).
Class discussions: discussions are an important part of the
course. You are expected to attend every class and ask questions/make
- You are required to email the reviews to me
by 08:59 am on Wednesdays. Please only txt
- You cannot review the paper which you will present.
- You can submit more than the required number of reviews, the best ones will be considered for your final grade.
(Tentative and subject to change)
- Paper presentation: 45%
- Paper reviews (3): 30%
- Class participation: 30%
Note that the final grade is S/U. To receive an S grade, you need to score 70% or more.
- Paper presentation: 25%
- Literature survey: 20%
- Paper reviews (5): 30%
- Class participation: 30%
- 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.
- 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 other 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.
- 01/02/2016: Course webpage is up.