Because the future of networking is broadly anticipated as being bimodal, current interest is focused on optical and wireless networks. Topics from both these areas will be discussed in this course. This course is aimed at graduate students interested in advanced networking, including students who will go on to MS or PhD thesis research in this area. There is no coverage currently of these topics in the curriculum.
It is envisaged that the course will have three basic parts, the first two will be short:
Beyond this, there is no specific fixed prerequisite - you need not have taken any specific courses to optimization, graph theory etc. However, you have to be motivated for a certain amount of self-guided learning. This special topic acts like a guided entry into research in these areas. We will actually go through the various stages of research (literature review, problem definition, modeling, contribution, validation, presentation, archival) over the course of the semester, though you are not required to produce a lot of original contribution.
Research is supposed to be fun, but very often it is not because of practical pressures such as thesis deadlines. This course offers an opportunity to embark on a small unit of research without the stress but with the fun (hopefully) intact. You will be graded not on how much original contribution you produce, but how much effort you put in, and how much fun you got out.