CSCD 533 Advanced Networks
Winter 2019


  • Topic Selection:                              Feb 15th
  • Final Paper Due:                             March 18th
  • Details
    In this course, you will write one survey paper. The survey paper is expected to be 4-10 pages long, well written and nicely formatted. It is intended that this paper be written individually. The papers should use either the ACM or IEEE guidelines for formatting  you can find these through the organization web sites and guide

    Survey Paper
    This Survey Paper should provide a useful overview of a topic area discussed in class. Or, alternatively, you can choose an outside topic not discussed in class but related to Network in some way.

    Topic Selection: Turn in one paragraph on your topic and why you chose it. This can be emailed to me.
    Final Paper Due: This is the final formatted version of your paper
    See the above schedule for deadlines.

    Your grade for this paper will be determined by averaging scores in these areas:

    1. Overall quality of the insights offered in the paper
    2. Completeness and appropriateness of the references
    3. Technical quality of the final paper - grammar/spelling/formatting

    What is a Survey Paper?
    A survey should be an insightful and thorough and well-written discussion of existing research in a focused area.

    Insightful: A survey is not a summary or catalog of papers, or an annotated bibliography. Instead, a literature survey provides organization to a field of endeavor.For instance, a survey article on intrusion detection might explain how network systems evolved from host-based intrusion detection systems, and discuss how that affected the complexity of the interaction between components. A good survey usually explains both where a field has been and indicates where it is going; a good survey of a field will leave readers feeling informed about the major concepts in the field, approaches used by researchers, the aspects that have been solved thoroughly and where there is still a need for research.

    Thorough:Thorough does not mean that you must read and reference each and every article ever written on a subject! It does mean that a good faith attempt has been made to include all relevant articles drawn from reliable sources. Thus, articles should be selected from conferences, journals, and books as appropriate. Both classics and brand new research should be included whenever appropriate. The article may draw on references that are not specifically about security although such material should make up only a small percentage of the total; for instance, it while might be necessary to include a short discussion of Petri Nets, this discussion should not be a lengthy one (1 page max, half a page better). Also: when citing references, be sure to obtain and read the entire paper and not just a few paragraphs. You might be asked to show hardcopy of your references when the paper is turned in.

    Further Ideas:: Some things you could address and should not do in your paper:

    Well-written: A well-written survey paper should be of sufficient quality that a journal might choose to publish it. It should not contain any typographical errors or grammatical errors; it should be well-formatted.

    References are the papers you review for the survey. Your references for your paper should come from referreed articles in scholarly journals, conferences and somewhat from technical magazines. We have links to these on our class Web page under Relevant Links. A few can come from Internet web references but the majority should be from peer reviewed sources. A peer-reviewed source means it has undergone some type of evaluation process leading to acceptance or rejection. Please read the articles at the bottom of this page for tips on reading technical articles and reviewing articles for publication.

    Links to Articles on Reviewing and Writing Computer Science Papers