CSE 910: Selected Topics in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems(Fall 2013)








Tu,Th: 3:00pm-4:20pm


Li Xiao,


1128 Engineering Building

Office hours:

Tu,Th: 4:20pm-5:20pm or by appointment


This course is created for graduate students who are interested in research and development on advanced networks and distributed systems with an emphasis on cognitive radio networks. The current fixed frequency allocation approach will no longer be an efficient design for spectrum allocation to keep up with the substantial growth of spectrum demand in wireless broadband communications. Opportunistic spectrum sharing becomes a promising technology for more efficient spectrum utilization, where secondary systems are allowed to operate in primary systemsกฏ spectrum bands as long as they do not interfere with the primary systems. Cognitive radio networks allow secondary systems to sense the spectrum and identify unused bands in primary systems, which enables dynamic access of underutilized licensed spectrums in primary systems and provides great potential to support increasing demand of wireless broadband services. This course will discuss recent advances and open research issues in cognitive radio networks.



No textbook is required. A collection of papers from journals, conference proceedings, and web sites will be read.


  • Class participation (10%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Project (60%)

Important Dates:


Project Proposal:

Sep.19 (Thursday)


Project Progress Report:

Oct.24 (Thursday)


Project Progress Presentation:

Last three weeks


Project Final Report:

Dec.11 (Wednesday)


If you have a disability, please contact the Resource Center for People with Disabilities to discuss academic accommodations (353-9642).