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COMP 8531 - Special Topics in Wireless Mobile Applications

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course will cover a broad selection of topics in mobile computing architectures and protocols. Students will learn the principles of Mobile Computing and its enabling technologies, and explore solutions and paradigm shifts. The solutions and paradigm shifts address the issue of limited bandwidth and unreliability of wireless medium while taking advantage of mobility. The focus is on examining strategies and algorithms to achieve design goals such as performance, reliability, scalability, consistency and security in wireless mobile applications. The course will have a project component in which students will develop multimedia applications involving real-time communications as well as data storage for WLAN (Wireless Local Area Networks), WPAN (Wireless Personal Area Networks) or MANET (Mobile Ad-hoc Networks) platforms.


60% in COMP 8031



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain support for mobility in cellular systems composed using IEEE 802.11/mobile IP.
  • Explain architectural and structural composition of MANETs and sensor networks
  • Apply strategies and algorithms to achieve design goals such as performance, reliability, scalability, consistency, and security in applications deployed on variety of mobile platforms and connected via WLAN, WPAN, MANET and the sensor networks.
  • Apply modeling techniques for mobile computing environments.
  • Design mobile apps that allow smartphones to act as gateways in the Internet of Things.
  • Develop mobile apps that leverage the support for mobility and coverage available in cellular networks while accommodating lower available bandwidth, reliability and availability.

Effective as of Fall 2021

Related Programs

COMP 8531 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Computer Systems (Database Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  2. Computer Systems (Human Computer Interface Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  3. Computer Systems (Network Security Administration Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  4. Computer Systems (Network Security Applications Development Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology
  5. Computer Systems (Wireless and Mobile Applications Development Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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