Laurent Vanbever: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Laurent Vanbever
FieldNetworked Systems
Inst. f. Techn. Informatik u. K.
ETH Zürich, ETZ G 90
Gloriastrasse 35
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 70 04
DepartmentInformation Technology and Electrical Engineering
RelationshipAssociate Professor

227-0120-00LCommunication Networks Information 6 credits4GL. Vanbever
AbstractAt the end of this course, you will understand the fundamental concepts behind communication networks and the Internet. Specifically, you will be able to:

- understand how the Internet works;
- build and operate Internet-like infrastructures;
- identify the right set of metrics to evaluate the performance of a network and propose ways to improve it.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course, the students will understand the fundamental concepts of communication networks and Internet-based communications. Specifically, students will be able to:

- understand how the Internet works;
- build and operate Internet-like network infrastructures;
- identify the right set of metrics to evaluate the performance or the adequacy of a network and propose ways to improve it (if any).

The course will introduce the relevant mechanisms used in today's networks both from an abstract perspective but also from a practical one by presenting many real-world examples and through multiple hands-on projects.

For more information about the lecture, please visit:
Lecture notesLecture notes and material for the course will be available before each course on:
LiteratureMost of course follows the textbook "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (6th Edition)" by Kurose and Ross.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prior networking background is needed. The course will include some programming assignments (in Python) for which the material covered in Technische Informatik 1 (227-0013-00L) will be useful.
227-0559-10LSeminar in Communication Networks Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 24.

This lecture complements the "Communication Networks Seminar" (263-3900-01L) offered in the Autumn semester. Students can get credits either seminar, but not for both.
2 credits2SL. Vanbever, R. Jacob
AbstractIn this seminar participating students review, present, and discuss (mostly recent) research papers in the area of computer networks.
ObjectiveThe two main goals of this seminar are: 1) learning how to read and review scientific papers; and 2) learning how to present and discuss technical topics with an audience of peers.

Students are required to attend the entire seminar, choose a paper to present from a given list, prepare and give a presentation on that topic, and lead the follow-up discussion. To ensure the talks' quality, each student will be mentored by a teaching assistant. In addition to presenting one paper, every student is also required to submit one (short) review for the two papers presented every week in-class.

The students will be evaluated based on their submitted reviews, their presentation, their leadership in animating the discussion for their own paper, and their participation in the discussions of other papers.
ContentThe seminar will start with one introductory lecture. Starting from the second week, participating students will start reviewing, presenting, and discussing research papers. We'll discuss two papers each week.

The course content will vary from semester to semester. For details, please see:
Lecture notesThe slides of each presentation will be made available on the website.
LiteratureThe paper selection will be made available on the course website:
Prerequisites / NoticeCommunication Networks (227-0120-00L) or equivalents.