CS9668b Internet Algorithmics


This course focuses on the study of algorithms used for solving problems that arise from the design and use of wide-area networks, such as the Internet. Among the topics that we might cover are:


Roberto Solis-Oba
Office: MC417
Email: solis@csd.uwo.ca
Office hours: Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm and Friday from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

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Student Evaluation


All assignments will be made available on the course's web site. The availability of assignments will be announced on class and/or via email. Students are responsible for checking their e-mail on a regular basis.
The late penalty for assignments is 2.5^i (2.5 to the ith power), where i > 0 is the number of days you are late. So if you hand in your assignment 1 day late, you will be penalized 2%, a delay of 2 days will decrease your grade by 6%, 3 days is penalized 16% and 4 days takes 39% off your grade. You cannot be more than 4 days late.

Academic Accommodation for Medical Illness

If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to your Dean's office as soon as possible and contact your instructor immediately. It is the student's responsibility to make alternative arrangements with their instructor once the accommodation has been approved and the instructor has been informed.
A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility or request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to Student Health Services. The form can be found here: https://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/medical_document.pdf
For further information, please consult the university's medical illness policy at http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/accommodation_illness.pdf

Email Contact

We will regularly send email messages to the whole class, or, occasionally, to students individually. Email will be sent to the UWO email address assigned to students by Information Technology Services (ITS), i.e. your email address @uwo.ca. It is each student's responsibility to read this email on a frequent and regular basis, or to have it forwarded to an alternative email address if preferred. See the ITS website for directions on forwarding email.

However, you should note that email at ITS (your UWO account) and other email providers such as hotmail.com or yahoo.com may have quotas or limits on the amount of space they can use. If you let your email accumulate there, your mailbox may fill up and you may lose important email from your instructors.  Losing email that you have forwarded to an alternative email address is not an excuse for not knowing about the information that was sent.

If you send email to instructors from a commercial account, send a carbon copy (cc) to your UWO email address. The instructors will respond to your UWO address.

Ethical Conduct

Scholastic offences are taken seriously and students are directed to read the appropriate policy, specifically, the definition of what constitutes a Scholastic Offence, at the following Web site: https://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholoff.pdf.
All assignments are individual assignments. Students must write their essays and solutions for assignments in their own words. Whenever students take an idea, or a passage from another author, they must acknowledge their debt both by using quotation marks where appropriate and by proper referencing such as footnotes or citations. Plagiarism is a major academic offence (see Scholastic Offence Policy in the Western Academic Calendar).
Academic dishonesty in assignments includes (but is not limited to):
  • Unacceptable collaboration. What is unacceptable? There is a difference between discussing assignments and solutions with fellow students, and working together on the solutions to the point where the work submitted is clearly not individual work. If in doubt, ask your instructor.
  • Copying another student's assignment or allowing another student to copy.
  • Using material from an external source (books, other students, the Web) where a student's own work is expected.
  • Altering experimental results.

For further clarification of what constitutes plagiarism, refer to the paper titled "Collaboration, Plagiarism and Proper Attribution" by Professor Jamie Andrews. If in doubt, you should consult with your instructor.

The University of Western Ontario uses software for plagiarism checking. Students may be required to submit their written work and programs in electronic form for plagiarism checking. All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to the commercial plagiarism detection software under license to the University for detection of plagiarism. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between The University of Western Ontario and Turnitin.com (http://www.turnitin.com/).
Scholastic offences will be reported by the instructor to the Graduate Chair and a penalty will be determined. The Graduate Calendar requires that the Dean of Graduate Studies be consulted by the Graduate Chair (see page 26). Penalties may include a mark of 0 on the assignment and an additional deduction of 100% of the value of the assignment, an F in the course, or required withdrawal from the university. You are responsible for reading and respecting the Computer Science Department's policy on Scholastic Offences and Rules of Ethical Conduct.

Accessibility Statement

Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 x 82147 for any specific question regarding an accommodation.

Support Services

Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Mental Health@Western (http://www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth) for a complete list of options about how to obtain help.

Please consult the Web site for Registrarial Services (http://www.registrar.uwo.ca), and for USC ((http://westernusc.ca/services) for alist of student support services and programs.