Northeastern University

CS 7780 - Special Topics in Networks

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The core theme of the course is wireless communication systems. The course is run in a seminar style with a project component. The first lectures cover some of the fundamental aspects of communication in general and radio frequency wireless in particular. Communication systems deal mainly with the efficient and robust delivery of information. It is therefore important to have a clear understanding of concepts such as information, entropy, etc but also of the fundamental limitations on the transmission of information. The course also covers some of the recent breakthroughs in the wireless networking area such as Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) systems, network coding, ad hoc networks capacity, and open problems. A second goal of the course is to establish a bridge between the emerging field of synthetic biology and communication networks. Some of the topics include information flow in bio-organisms, synthetic biology for computation and communication (e.g., bio-bricks, DNA origami), bio-computation mechanisms (stochastic chemical reaction networks, digital logic and memory from biological devices, quorum sensing), molecular communication using inter-cellular signaling, interaction with bio-organisms (e.g., magnetic nano-particles), and other intriguing biology aspects relevant to computation and communication (e.g., brain to computer interfaces, extremophiles, electrocytes). Groups of 2-3 students will work on a project related to the course topics. Students are expected to pick a topic, read papers, implement and evaluate a system or propose and analyze a novel mechanism. Some of the potential group projects are:

Topics covered by the class are:



Guevara Noubir (noubir ATA ccs DOTA neu DOTA edu)
Phone: (617) 373 5205
Office: 238 West Village H

Class Information

Monday & Wednesday 2:50 - 4:30 pm, 420 Shillman Hall
Office Hours
Thursday 2:00-4:00 PM.
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Some of the teams projects


The course grade will be based on: