Wireless and mobile systems have become ubiquitous; playing a significant role in our everyday life. However, the increasing demand for wireless connectivity and the emergence of new areas such as the Internet of Things present new research challenges. This course introduces advanced research topics in wireless networks and mobile communication systems. In each lecture, we will discuss recent research papers that introduce new wireless designs, algorithms, protocols and applications. The papers are systems oriented and focus on practical challenges and solutions for building wireless and mobile systems. Student will also learn how to design and build wireless systems through a research project.
Lecture Time & Location: Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm - 4:20pm in ECEB 3013
Instructor: Haitham Hassanieh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Hours: Thursday 4:20pm - 5:00pm in CSL 463 or by appointment.
Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check it regularly.
One of the major goals of this class is to understand how wireless systems research is done. To this end, the project is the most important component of ECE 598HH, since that's where you draw upon your knowledge and experience from the course readings and elsewhere to actually do research. The description below is intended to ease the process of figuring out what to work on and writing a short proposal explaining what you want to work on.The entire project will constitute 65% of your total grade (divided between proposal, progress report, presentation, and final paper). Please start early!
As far as possible, you should work in teams of teams of two or three. Working with others is a lot more fun, is often a lot more productive, and the resulting work a lot sounder than if you were working in isolation. The nature of the wireless field is one that fosters collaboration and often makes it essential for high impact work, and you should develop the ability to collaborate on projects. You need to work at least with one other person from the class, so please start looking out for team mates as soon as possible!
The proposal should be one or two pages. It is due on Monday Oct. 17, 2016. We will read the proposals carefully and have a project meeting with each team on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016 to discuss your proposal and understand better exactly what you are doing, perhaps because it isn't focused enough or because you're trying to accomplish too much. It is important that you read related background material before turning in the proposal.A crisp one-page write-up for the proposal should contain the following items.
In a one-semester class, one can only cover a fraction of wireless topics, and there are sure to be projects where the background material won't be covered in too much detail. And even for topics that we do cover, there will almost certainly be other relevant related work that you should be familiar with. Part of doing something new is figuring out what's already been done or is known, so you should search the related literature and Web pages as extensively as you can. Keep an eye out for useful software or research methods or tools that you can leverage; this will save you tremendous amounts of time later in the term. You might find some of these useful links actually useful.
Aim high in a focused way, and do the best you can! The best projects are usually publishable with a bit more additional work in top ACM/USENIX/IEEE conferences in the area, such as SIGCOMM, MOBICOM, INFOCOM, and NSDI, or appear as articles in places like SIGCOMM's Computer Communications Review (CCR). 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!
Where do you get a project? We will provide you with a list of suggestions a couple of weeks before the proposal deadline. Please feel free to come up with your own ideas, or modify our suggestions in any way you want. Our suggestions are simply that; and they're usually incomplete. They are usually not complete specifications of projects. Please send all questions about the project to the staff mailing list.
6. Project Progress Report
The progress report is due on Monday Nov. 14, 2016. It should explain your approach, related/prior work, any preliminary results you might have obtained, and why you believe you are on the right track. It may also include material from the proposal after you had the chance to update it based on our feedback.
7. Final Report
The final report is due on Thursday Dec. 8, 2016. The report is a conference-style paper describing the project and its key contributions/findings.
The presentations will be held during the last class Tuesday Dec.6, 2017.
The presentation should be a conference-style presentation.