Running course(s)

Communication Networks

Prof. Laurent Vanbever

The students will understand the fundamental concepts of communication networks, with a focus on computer networking. They will learn to identify relevant mechanisms that are used in networks, and will see a reasonable set of examples implementing such mechanisms, both as seen from an abstract perspective and with hands-on, practical experience.

Upcoming course(s)

Discrete Event Systems

Prof. Lothar Thiele, Prof. Laurent Vanbever, Prof. Roger Wattenhofer

In this lecture we give an introduction to discrete event systems. We start out the course by exploring the limits of what is computable and what is not. In the second part of the course we analyze discrete event systems. We first examine discrete event systems from an average-case perspective: we model discrete events as stochastic processes, and then apply continuous time markov chains and queueing theory for an understanding of the typical behavior of a system. Then we analyze discrete event systems from a worst-case perspective using the theory of online algorithms and adversarial queueing. In the last part of the course we introduce methods that allow to formally verify certain properties of Finite Automata and Petri Nets.

Advanced Topics in Communication Networks

Prof. Laurent Vanbever

This course covers advanced topics and technologies in computer networks, both theoretically and practically. In the Fall 2020, the course will cover advanced topics in Internet routing and forwarding. More specifically, this course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the existing and upcoming Internet routing and forwarding technologies used in large-scale computer networks such as Internet Service Providers (e.g., Swisscom or Deutsche Telekom), Content Delivery Networks (e.g., Netflix) and Data Centers (e.g., Google). Besides covering the fundamentals, the course will be “hands-on” and will enable students to play with the technologies in realistic network environments, and even implement some of them on their own during labs and a final group project.

Communication Networks Seminar

Prof. Laurent Vanbever, Prof. Ankit Singla

In this seminar, we'll explore recent advances in networking by reading high quality research papers, and discussing open research opportunities, most of which are suitable for students to later take up as thesis or semester projects. The objectives are (a) to understand the state-of-the-art in the field; (b) to learn to read, present and critique papers; (c) to engage in discussion and debate about research questions; and (d) to identify opportunities for new research.