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Spring 2018-2019
* ELE 381 / COS 381   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Networks: Friends, Money and Bytes

Christopher G. Brinton

This course is oriented around practical questions regarding the social, economic and technological networks in our daily lives. How does Google sell ad spaces and rank web pages? How does Netflix recommend movies and Amazon rank products? How do I influence people on Twitter? Why doesn't the Internet collapse under congestion, and does it have an Achilles heel? Why does each gigabyte of mobile data cost $20, yet Skype is free? How come WiFi is slower at hotspots than at home, and what is inside the cloud of iCloud? In formulating and answering each question, we learn key algorithms, architectures, and concepts behind the networking industry.

Sample reading list:
Chiang, M., Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers
Christopher G. Brinton and Mung Chiang, The Power of Networks: 6 Principles that Connect our Lives

Reading/Writing assignments:
Problem sets, blogs, a midterm, a final exam and a final project. Student is expected to read 30 pages per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Design Project - 30%
Problem set(s) - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Knowledge of calculus and linear algebra..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41403 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   Bowen Hall   222   Enrolled:43 Limit:90