NET SYS 295, Course Code: 37680
Quarter: Fall 2017 (and Winter, Spring 2017)
The goal of this class is to expose
students to a wide range of advanced topics in the
field of networking.
When/where: There will be (approx.) 10 seminars over the
entire academic year, approximately 3-4 every quarter. For the exact
please check regularly on
the Networked Systems
website. They will always be held on a Friday, 11am-noon.
Relation to CS Seminar: The NetSys talks are mostly part of (thus
CS Seminar Series, which takes place on Fridays 11am-noon in DBH
6011. There are more seminars in the CS seminar series.
Approximately ten of them will be marked as NETSYS.
It is possible that a NetSys seminar on one Friday 11am-noon take
place at a different location than DBH 6011, and thus be not part of
the CS seminar series. For example the first NetSys seminar of
2017-2018 will take place in DBH 3011, Friday Oct. 6th, 2017,
on the NetSys website and will send you reminders by email. But it is
the students' primary responsibility to keep up with the schedule.
Rules and Deliverables
This is a seminar class,
whose main purpose is to introduce you to
networking research. Therefore, it has fewer deliverables than a
regular class. There is no final exam. However it still tries to
engage you in the thinking of
process through the following mandatory requirements for passing the
0. You must register in
You must register in NetSys295 for all three quarters in
2017-2018. Make sure to register for "Letter" grade. You will get S
(or U) at the end of each of the three quarters, assuming you fullfill
the attendance requirements that quarter (or not). You will receive an
S at the end of the spring quarter if you have fullfilled all your
attendance requirements and you have submitted your report.
1. You must attend all ten NETSYS
Attendance is mandatory: you have to attend all (but one)
There will be a NetSys-specific attendance sheet
entrance of the room. Please remember to sign up for yourself! To
accomodate unforseen circumstances, you are allowed to miss one out
of ten seminars, without providing any explanation.
2. You must submit a Research
Hopefully, this seminar will inspire you with ideas.
Different people will be interested in different topics depending on
their backgrounds and interests. Instead of final exam, you should
submit a term-paper which (i) is motivated by one of the talks (ii)
summarizes the work presented in the talk and (iii) identifies open
issues and future directions. The later part should be essentially a
research proposal that answers the following questions.
Statement: explicitly state the question you propose to
- Motivation: why is this
a useful/interesting problem to look at. Who cares if you solve
- Research plan: how
would you go about answering this question? what steps would you
- Novelty: what is new
about what you propose, how does it compare/relate to prior
- Deliverables: what
would be the outcome of this research? Examples: an algorithm? a
dataset? a prototype?
Please notice that we do not ask you to actually solve the problem.
We merely ask you to make a research proposal, i.e., identify a
research question and outline a plan for solving it. This is
what you would for a research project, MS thesis or PhD thesis. [If
you do a good
enough job in this research proposal, this proposal may lead to one
of the above research activities in a subsequent quarter, to actually
solve the problem you proposed here.]
The report should be about 2-4 pages, up to 4 pages,
including the references. Use the
formatting it. Here are two examples of good two-page proposals from
inspired by the
proposal 2. %More 4-page samples will be posted here.
When to submit:
You can submit the report anytime before the end of the spring
quarter. However, we urge you to not leave this for last minute for
several reasons: (i) you won't remember the content by then (ii) you
are less likely to find the report useful for a potential research
project (iii) the instructors may give you feedback and ask you to
re-submit the report. Please identify a topic of interest early,
prepare and submit the report soon after the seminar.
Where to submit:
Please submit your report at the dropbox associated with NetSys 295 in
EEE. When done, please send an email to the instructors to let them
know. We will review it and give you feedback: either OK/PASS or a
comments and request for revision and resubmission.