Directed Research Project Presentations

The first milestone in the CIS Ph.D. program is the Directed Research Project (DRP). Each student must complete this milestone within their first two years in the program. Typically, students devote the summer after their first year in the program exclusively to their research projects. In this colloquium, seven of our Department's Ph.D. students will present summaries on the progress on their DRP's over this past summer.

Measurement and Analysis of Internet Congestion

The relentless growth of Internet traffic demands and the growing concentration of content across a few providers have led to capacity issues, which in turn have resulted in high-profile disputes over who should pay for additional capacity at points of interconnection between content providers, transit providers, and access ISPs. The resulting potentially contentious interactions among providers have implications for network stability and performance, leaving the congested link as an externality for all users of the link until the dispute is resolved. This situation has led to recent interest in technical, regulatory, and policy circles in techniques to better understand the nature and location of congestion on the Internet.

In this talk I will present recent work from our Measurement and ANalysis of Internet Congestion (MANIC) project. I will describe a measurement method and system we have developed to map and continuously monitor thousands of interconnection links between networks, with the goal of producing a “congestion heat map” of the Internet. I will present a case study of using our measurements to characterize congestion at African IXPs. Finally, I will briefly discuss our work on using TCP connection statistics to infer whether a TCP flow “self-induced” congestion (e.g., by filling up its access link) or was limited by an already congested link on the end-to-end path (e.g., a congested interconnection link).

Security and Privacy Grand Challenges for the Internet of Things

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by market pressures, and while security is being considered, the security and privacy consequences of billions of such devices connecting to the Internet cannot be easily conceived of. The possibilities for unintended surveillance through lifestyle analysis, unauthorized access to information, and new attack vectors will continue to increase by 2020, when up to 50 billion devices may be connected. This talk summarizes our recent papers on the various kinds of vulnerabilities that can be expected to arise, and presents a research agenda for mitigating the worst of the impacts. We hope to explain the potential dangers of IoT and highlight the research opportunities in the areas of security and privacy that IoT presents.

Privacy Preserving User Profiling Using Net2Vec

We present Net2Vec, a flexible high-performance platform that allows the execution of deep learning algorithms in the communication network. Net2Vec is able to capture data from the network at more than 60Gbps, transform it into meaningful tuples and apply predictions over the tuplesin real time. This platform can be used for different purposes ranging from traffic classification to network performance analysis. Finally, we showcasethe use of Net2Vec by implementing and testing a solution able to profile network users at line rate using traces coming from a real network. We show that the use of deep learning for this case outperforms the baseline method both in terms of accuracy and performance.

Interval Graph Completion and Polynomial-Time Preprocessing


This talk will start by arguing that the complexity class FPT can be used to capture the notion of polynomial-time preprocessing to reduce input size. This is followed by an FPT algorithm with runtime $O(n^{2k}n^{3}m)$ for the following NP-complete problem [GT35 in Garey&Johnson]: Given an arbitrary graph G on n vertices and m edges, can we obtain an interval graph by adding at most k edges to G? The given algorithm answers a question first posed by Kaplan, Shamir and Tarjan in 1994.


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