EEL 5937-002 Mobile Ad hoc Networks (Spring 2003)

Faculty:           Dr. Damla Turgut
Office:             ENGR 450
Phone:             (407) 823-6171

Class Time:    Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:50 PM
Classroom:     ENGR 474
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Web site:
Class Mailing List:

TA:                  Mr. Sanjeev Kotha
Office:             TBD
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Pre-requisite: EEL 6785 (Computer Network Design) and/or
                         EEL 4781 (Computer Networks)

There is no required textbook for this course. However, reference book(s) are given below.

Reference Books:
1. C.E. Perkins, Ed., "Ad Hoc Networking", Addison-Wesley, 2001.
2. C.-K. Toh, "Ad Hoc Mobile Wireless Networks: Protocols and Systems", Prentice Hall PTR, 2002.
3. Selected research papers from journals, conferences and technical reports.

Course Motivation:
Mobile multi-hop radio networks, also called ad hoc or peer-to-peer networks, play a critical role
in places where a wired (central) backbone is neither available nor economical to build, such as law
enforcement operations, battle field communications, or disaster recovery situations. The civillian
applications of these networks have also gained tremendous support from both researchers and
industrial partners within the last few years. The challenge of this multi-cluster, multi-hop packet
radio network architecture for wireless systems is that they should be able to dynamically adapt
itself with the ever changing network configurations.

Course Objectives:
The course is designed for advanced level graduate students. The course objectives
are to provide the students with an:

Course Description:
This course will be a survey of the state of the art in mobile ad hoc networking,
and will cover various topics including protocols for clustering, routing, energy/power
conservation, security, quality-of-service issues and so on. Wireless medium access
control protocols and transport layer protocols will also be discussed. Tentative course
topics have been provided below.

Bottlenecks of current technologies, scope of ad hoc networks in deployed systems for
wireless networks, medium access control protocols (CSMA, MACA, FAMA, IEEE 802.11),
clustering, unicast routing (proactive, reactive, location-based, hybrid), multicast
routing (tree-based, mesh-based, location-based), transport layer Issues, TCP performance
and improvements, energy/power conservation, security, IETF MANET standarization efforts,
Bluetooth, future Directions. Similar topics will also be visited in sensor networks as
time permits.

Grading Scheme:
The semester grade will be based on the following:
individual or group project (60%), assignments (20%), and a mid-term exam (20%).

Class Project:
The class projects require design and implementation of a chosen research topic followed by
a written paper including the research project findings and presentation. The group project can
include maximum of 2 students per group.

Paper Reviews:
Written reviews for each paper to be discussed in class are due by noon on Fridays of the previous week.
The soft copy of th reviews should be turned into both the class instructor and TA. The hard copies need
to be turned into the instructor only.

For each paper, students should write a review answering each of the following questions:
   1.What problems (with prior work or the lack thereof) were addressed or surveyed by the authors?
   2.What solutions were proposed or surveyed by the authors?
   3.What are the technical strengths and main contributions of the paper's proposed solutions?
   4.What are the technical weaknesses of the paper's proposed solutions?
   5.What suggestions do you have to improve upon the paper's ideas?