Due April 23rd
In contrast with the general purpose of this course, the main goal
of this project is to expose the student to a relatively narrow topic
in relative depth.
To achieve the goal, each student is required to complete a brief
literature survey on a narrow topic. A general overview on how to
write a literature review is available
The final write-up can be up to six (6) pages long, written in
single column, with at least one inch margins and 11pt font (shorter
is better, but you can use all pages if you really need to).
The structure of the paper should be as follows:
- Introduction - short and sweet - less than half a page,
introducing the topic and its relevance (i.e., what is the topic and
why is the topic important).
- Literature Review - the main part of the paper - organize
it according to the different classes of solutions presented for the
chosen topic (e.g., for routing protocols perhaps on demand,
proactive, hybrid, for MAC protocols contention-based vs scheduled,
- Conclusion - again short - less than a quarter of a page -
summarize the main contributions in the area.
- References - list the references you use - should also be
a substantial part of this paper.
Grading will take into account:
- Completeness of the coverage, i.e., the better your coverage, the higher the grade;
- Analysis of the literature, the papers you find need to be properly classified in different approaches, while explaining what is unique about each of them;
- Presentation - a professional technical presentation is
expected, with complete, coherent sentences, paragraphs to the point,
without informal jargon, etc.
Choosing the Topic
The students are asked to pick a network type and research
topic. Each project should be unique, i.e., each student will
choose a different combination of network type and research topic (a
google spreadsheet is setup here). Please write
your name in one of the cells of the table to reserve a topic. Please do not write your name in more than a cell and don't delete anybody's name.
The different network types we consider for this project are:
- Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs)
- Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs)
- Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs)
- Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANETs)
- WiMax Networks with Relays
- Cellular Networks (other than WiMAX), without relays
- Wireless Local Area Networks
- Optical Networks
- Cognitive Radio Networks
- Data Center Networks
The different research topics we consider for this project are:
Please make sure you choose a combination that makes sense, as some
combinations may not have any papers researching the combination
(e.g., localization in optical networks).
- Physical layers
- MAC layers
- Routing algorithms (and metrics)
- Forwarding (Scheduling)
- Transport layer solutions
- Capacity Models
- Delay models
- Time Synchronization
- Localization (positioning)
- Simulation issues and solutions
- Emulation issues and solutions
- Mobility management
- Power Efficiency