EEL 6788 - Advanced topics in wireless networks

Spring 2010

Class description: This class will focus on urban sensing.
Instructor: Dr. Lotzi Bölöni
Office: HEC - 319
Phone: (407) 243-8256 (use only in last resort!)
E-mail: preferred communication method
Web Site:
The assignments and the other announcements will be posted on the course web site
Classroom: BA 216
Class Hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:30 - 2:45
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00
Pre-requisites: Basic networking and programming knowledge.
Recommended readings: TBA
FEEDS/Tegrity video stream: TBA
Projects: The class requires the students to prepare a major research project in one of the topics explored in the class.
Grading: Homeworks: 20%
Presentation: 20%
Project: 60 %
Standard 90/80/70/60 scale will be used for final grades (curved if necessary)

The purpose of the homework in this class is to reward the efforts of the presenters, and motivate the other students to attend to and listen to the presentations with an interested and critical eye.

For each presentation and project (a) summarize the presentation in 150 words give two grades on a 0-100 scale on informativeness (how much did you learn from the presentation) and on presentation (the quality of the presentation). An example summary illustrating the lenght and format required is below:

T140: Urban chipmunks          	
This presentation was about chipmunks. We 
learned that chipmunks chuck wood.

Three facts about the lives of chipmunks were presented: 

1: their stripes have nothing to do with the racing stripes on Herbie
the talking Volkswagen. Chipmunks are not cars, and Volkswagens
are not small squirrels, although they can be Rabbits. Furthermore,
chipmunks do not race and Volkswagens do not chuck wood. 

2: Chipmunks eat nuts, acorns, seeds, mushrooms, fruit, berries, 
insects, bird eggs, snails and sometimes small mammals like 
young mice. Chipmunks play an important role as prey for various 
predatory mammals and birds, but are also opportunistic predators 
themselves, particularly with regard to bird eggs and nestlings.

3:  How much wood would a chipmunk chuck if a 
chipmunk could chuck wood? A chipmunk would chuck 
all the wood he could if a chipmunk could chuck wood!

The chipmunks and woodchuks are the similar, in that they are not

Grades: Informative = 70, Presentation = 90

The easiest way to satisfy the homework requirements is if you take notes during each presentation. Please type in the summaries into your favorite word processing program, one after another, in a single file. Submit the homeworks at the dates marked below in the syllabus.

Presentation topic

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Project assignments

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Lecture Notes, Readings, Homeworks
Jan. 11
Introduction Introduction.pdf
Jan. 13
Urban sensing: the big picture
-through some presentations of key players

Keynote presentation by Andrew Campbell at Percom 2009

Jan. 18
Martin Luther King's day

Jan. 20

Presentation by Deborah Estrin at The Engaging Data: First International Forum on the Application and Management of Personal Electronic Information (at MIT)

Jan. 25
Introduction to autonomous agents
Short introduction to agents
Jan. 27
Introduction to negotiation
Introduction to negotiation
Feb. 1 T8b - iPhone programming tutorial
presenters: Hector Lugo, Saad Khan
Feb. 3
T8a - Android programming tutorial
presenters: Cindy Atherton, Deepa Shinde
Feb. 8
T10 - Introduction to geographic information systems
presenter: Mike Zielinski
T9 - Introduction to localization techniques
presenter: Linda Mohaisen

Feb. 10
T11: Geolocation with RF beacons
presenter: Andy Pipa
T12: Personal environmental impact report
presenter: Juan Carcheri
Feb. 15
T3: Privacy sensitive ubiquitous computing
presenter: Cindy Nguyen
T22: Smart power grid
presenter: Victor Velez


Feb. 17
T1: Citizen science
presenter: Jon Howard
T2: Participatory urbanism
presenter: Shaun Thompson
Feb. 22
T6 - VTrack
presenter: Michael Glus
T7 - CarTel
presenter: Mark Mucha
Feb. 24
T19: The familiar stranger
presenter: James Doty
T14: Sound sense
presenter: Andrius Andrijauskas

New: the Sound sense presentation is on tegrity now!!!


Mar. 1
T5 - Fuel prices
presenter: Tristan Gibeau
T17: Bikenet
presenter: Josh Cox
Homework 1: presentations to February 22 (inclusive)
Mar. 3
T16: People centric inferencing
presenter: Peter Clements
T13: CenceMe
presenter: Syed Shah

Mar. 8
Spring break

Mar. 10
Spring break

Mar. 15
T15: Anonysense
presenter: Leith Tussing
T21: Technology probes
presenter: Matthew Catron
Mar. 17
T18: Urban tapestries
presenter: Chris Giles
T20 - Mobile Bristol project
presenter: Edwin Leland
Mar. 22
T4: Privacy sensitivity in participatory sensing
presenter: Richard Lin Zhou
T23: Smartphones for monitoring food choices
presenter: Reg Arvindson

Mar. 24
Open discussion: research directions in urban sensing

Mar. 29
Research direction in urban sensing (cont'd).
Class postponed, will be recorded on Tegrity.

Mar. 31
Human aspects in urban computing
-gift economy
-human values

Apr. 5
P02: Noise map of the UCF
Presenters: Cindy Atherton and Deepa Shinde
Homework 2: presentations to March 22 (inclusive)

Apr. 7
P07: Survey: Privacy issues in urban sensing
Presenter: Michael Glus
P10: @UCF
Presenter: Shaun Thompson and Matt Catron


Apr. 12
P06: UCF Parking Heat & Route Maps
Presenter: Tristan Gibeau
P05: Best place for distributing flyers
Presenter: Josh Cox
P13: Tracking Gasoline
Presenter: Chris Giles

Apr. 14
P09: Tree census
Presenter: Mike Zielinski and Linda Mohaisen
P11: Magnetic map of UCF
Presenter: Jon Howard and Peter Clements

Apr. 19
P03: Distributed journalism
Presenter: Andy Pipa
P04: Pulse of the UCF
Presenter: James Doty
P14: WiFi Usability Mapper
Presenter: Reg Arvindson
P04-PulseOfUCF.pptx P04-PulseOfUCF.pptx
Apr. 21
P01: Help! Help!
Presenter: Syed Shah
P12: Wi-Fi Map of UCF - "Outdoor Wi-Fi Map Initiative (OWMI)"
Presenter: Leith Tussing and Andrius Andrijauskas P15: Survey: The Urban Security Challenges
Presenters: Cindy Nguyen

Apr. 26
P08: Mobile Date: An ad-hoc dating application for mobile phones
Presenter: Mark Mucha and Juan Carcheri
P16: Negotiating the value of gas price knowledge Presenter: Hector Lugo and Saad Ahmad Khan
P17: Survey on energy related technologies Presenter: Victor Velez

Apr. 30
Homework 3: project presentation writeups due. (1 person project 150 words, 2 person project 300 words)

Final project writeups due.