Advanced Topics in Mobile Communications (Summer 2010)


Workload/ECTS Credits: 6 ECTS
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Time: Fri 10:00-12:00
Place: IfI 3.101


Instructor: Prof. Xiaoming Fu. Contact if you have any questions.

This course is a research seminar (6 ECTS, 2 SWS), held on a weekly base and comprising the following components:

  • Weekly paper reading and discussion
  • Presentation
  • Final report

The seminar topics include the following:

  • Social Network Analysis Techniques
  • Mobile Social Overlay/Middleware
  • Delay Tolerant and Opportunistic Networks (DTN)
  • Internet of Things
  • Security and Privacy

Further details are given in the introduction slides.

The paper review form is available [here]. Jon Crowcroft's tutorial slides here.

2 Papers to read on 23.04.2010 (please send me your review forms before/by 21.04.2010, 23:59!)

1. Collective dynamics of ‘small-world’ networks

2. The Structure of Information Pathways in a Social Communication Network

Further reading:

2 Papers to read on 30.04.2010 (please send me your review forms before/by 28.04.2010, 23:59!)

1. Diffusion on Social Networks

2. What is Twitter, a Social Network or a News Media?

2 Papers to read on 07.05.2010 (please send me your review forms before/by 05.05.2010, 23:59!)

1. PeopleNet: Engineering a Wireless Virtual Social Network

2. sent by email.

2 Papers to read on 21.05.2010 (please send me your review forms and #1 presentation slides -- before/by 19.05.2010, 23:59!)

1. Darwin Phones: The Evolution of Sensing and Inference on Mobile Phones, MobiSys 2010

2. PRISM: Platform for Remote Sensing using Mobile Smartphones, MobiSys 2010

2 papers to read on 28.05.2010 (please send me your review forms before 27.05.2010, 16:00)

1. Preserving Privacy in Location-based Mobile Social Applications HotMobile 2010

2. Ensemble: Cooperative Proximity-based Authentication MobiSys 2010

2 papers to read on 25.06.2010 (please send me your review forms before 03.06.2010, 16:00)

1. Junction: a Decentralized Platform for Ad Hoc Mobile Social Applications (submitted to MOBICOM)

2. Building the Internet of Things Using RFID, IEEE Internet Computing

Topics for Final presentations

Date: July 16th, 2010, 10:00-12:30

Topic 1: Mobile Social Networking

1.0 Primary: Pan Hui, Jon Crowcroft and Eiko Yoneki. BUBBLE Rap: Social-based Forwarding in Delay Tolerant Networks. In proceeding on the 9th ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (MobiHoc), HongKong, May, 2008.

1.0.1 Peter Gilbert, Eduardo Cuervo, and Landon P. Cox. Experimenting in Mobile Social Contexts Using JellyNets. In Proc. of HotMobile, 2009.

1.0.2 Anna-Kaisa Pietilainen, Earl Oliver, Jason LeBrun, George Varghese and Christophe Diot. MobiClique: Middleware for Mobile Social Networking, Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Online Social Networks, August, 2009.

Topic 2: Social Graph

2.0 Primary: Alessandra Sala, Lili Cao, Christo Wilson, Robert Zablit, Haitao Zheng and Ben Y. Zhao. Measurement-calibrated Graph Models for Social Network Experiments. Proceedings of the 19th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW), Raleigh, NC, April 2010.

2.0.1 Xiaohan Zhao, Alessandra Sala, Christo Wilson, Haitao Zheng and Ben Y. Zhao. Orion: Shortest Path Estimation for Large Social Graphs. In Proc. of The 3rd Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN), Boston MA, June 2010.

Topic 3: Measurement on Flickr (Baris)

3.0 Primary: Meeyoung Cha, Alan Mislove, and Krishna P. Gummadi. A Measurement-driven Analysis of Information Propagation in the Flickr Social Network. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual World Wide Web Conference (WWW'09), Madrid, Spain, April 2009.

3.0.1 Alan Mislove, Hema Swetha Koppula, Krishna P. Gummadi, Peter Druschel, Bobby Bhattacharjee. Growth of the Flickr social network. In Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Online Social Networks (WOSN'08), Seattle, August 2008.

Topic 4: Measurement on Facebook (Konglin Zhu)

4.0 Primary: Christo Wilson, Bryce Boe, Alessandra Sala, Krishna P. N. Puttaswamy and Ben Y. Zhao. User Interactions in Social Networks and their Implications. In Proc. of ACM EuroSys 2009.

4.0.1 Bimal Viswanath, Alan Mislove, Meeyoung Cha, and Krishna P. Gummadi. On the Evolution of User Interaction in Facebook. In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM SIGCOMM Workshop on Social Networks (WOSN'09), Barcelona, Spain, August 2009.