Survey Paper

Each student will write a short survey paper examining a focused area of networking that they are interested in. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate your expertise in understanding networking as a research area and to give you additional experience conducting a literature search in a new area and presenting your ideas in writing.


Your paper should be about 6 pages, 11 point font, single spaced. The format of the paper should include:

The audience for your paper is your fellow students in the class.

To write your paper, please use LaTeX, which is a system of text formatting programs. LaTeX is a useful publishing tool in the academic world, as it automatically formats documents in many commonly-used styles. Because LaTeX separates content from style, you will find that it helps you to focus on what you want to say in your report, rather than what your report looks like.

To help you learn LaTeX, I am including a LaTeX tutorial I wrote, complete with tables, figures, and bibliography. The included examples use the IEEE article and bibliography styles. These styles are typically used for submission to many IEEE conferences. These files include documentation on how to use them, and my examples give you further advice.

You should also consult the LaTeX book on WikiBooks.


The survey paper will have the following milestones:

  1. Topic Presentation

    Describe your topic and show 2-3 papers that are strong papers in this area. You do not need a formal presentation, just orally discuss your topic and show the papers in the browser. We plan to have about 5 to 10 minutes discussing each topic.

  2. Annotated Bibliography

    Turn in a bibliography with 2 to 3 sentences that describe each paper. The paper citations should be complete, listing at least author, title, venue, and year.

  3. First Draft

    Include an introduction, an outline of how you will organize the body of the paper, and the (improved) annotated bibliography. Your outline should include sections and important points you will cover in each section.

  4. Final Paper

    Turn in your final paper on the last day of class.

  5. Final Presentation

    Prepare a 10 to 12 minute presentation, with 5 minutes for questions. Submit a copy of your slides in ppt, pdf, or google doc format just prior to the final.


The grading scale for the paper will be:

The grading scale for the presentation will be: