6204: Trust Management for Computer and Communications Networks and Systems. This course discusses and explores
how trust can be used to enhance or implement dependability of computer and communications networks and systems. The example trust systems include mobile ad hoc networks, delay tolerant networks, wireless sensor networks, service oriented computing, cloud computing, social networks, and IoT systems.
Students will learn concepts, definitions, and protocol designs for trust management of computer and communications networks and systems.
Students will analyze recently published work and apply what they learned to design, build,
and evaluate trust-based solutions to enhance or implement dependability of computer and communications networks and systems. Students will demonstrate synthesis and technical writing skills by producing "near publishable" term papers extending existing solutions or developing new ones.
Each student must write a term paper.
The term paper must be written in the form of
a research paper including the following
components: (1) a survey of the topic and a listing of
drawbacks that currently exist; (2) objective of the paper, i.e.,
the problem that the paper is addressing, (3) approaches
proposed to solve the problem; (4) analytical or simulation
studies and results obtained to validate the approaches proposed; (5)
conclusions and future search areas.
The total number of pages (double-column, IEEE or ACM style) should
not exceed 10 pages including figures and tables.
Any copying of existing paper sentences or other prople's (or other groups')
work is not allowed and is considered a violation of honor code.
A term paper should focus on one of the topics listed below.
Topics not in this list can also be considered with the
consent of the instructor.
All students must observe
the Graduate Honor Code. No cheating, plagiarism,
academic sabotage allowed in this class.
Violated students will be reported to Virginia Tech's
Graduate Honor System.
All tests/assignments turned in should add a
Pledge for Assignment clause as follows at the beginning:
I pledge that this test/assignment has been completed in
compliance with the Graduate Honor Code and that I have
neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this
The term paper is due at the specified deadline.
A late term paper turned in will be
penalized 20% off for each day late.
During the presentation period, no absence is allowed.
Every absence must have the instructor's prior approval.
Participation will be counted toward your grade.
Each presentation should last for about 1 hour and 15 minutes,
including 15 minutes for questioning/answering.
Each group of presenters should prepare a powerpoint file
for the paper to be presented and send it to the instructor for
posting on the class web site one day prior to the presentation date.
Every student is required to attend the presentation session.
Class participation will be counted toward the presentation grade.
The presentation will be graded based on the following criteria:
organization of presentation (20%),
material understanding (30%),
clearness of presentation (10%),
and whether the presentation covers the main idea (40%).