University of Florida

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

CNT 6805, Section 226H

Network Science and Applications

Fall 2015

Course Description

This is a 3-credit course.

Network science is a new and emerging scientific discipline that examines the interconnections among networks.  The types of networks include, but are limited to, physical or engineered networks (e.g., power grid and transportation networks), information networks, biological networks (e.g., gene regulatory networks, protein networks, cell networks), semantic networks (e.g. word networks, concept networks), economic networks (e.g., stock markets), and social networks.  This field of science seeks to discover common principles, algorithms and tools that govern network structures/topologies, network functionalities, and network behaviors. This course introduces various methodologies and technologies in network science and studies a multitude of applications of network science.

Course Prerequisites

Required Textbook

Recommended Readings


Dr. Dapeng Oliver Wu
Office: NEB 431


Yun Zhu

Course website:

Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 9 (4:05 pm - 4:55 pm)

Meeting Room

LAR 310

Office Hours

Structure of the Course

The course consists of lectures, 3 homework assignments, and 1 project.

Course Outline

Course Objectives

Upon the completion of the course, the student should be able to


Please find handouts here.

Course Policies


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Grades Percentage Dates
Homework 30% See the course calendar
Project proposal 10% 4pm, October 30
Project report 60% 4pm, December 16

The project report consists of

  1. (50%) A written report for your project
  2. (25%) Computer programs that you develop for your project
  3. (10%) Powerpoint file of your presentation
  4. (15%) Your presentation/demo video on YouTube

Grading scale:

Top 25% students will receive A. Average score will be at least B+.


Class Project:

The class project will be done individually (that is, teaming with other students is not allowed).   Each project requires a proposal and a final report.   The final report is expected to be in the format of a conference paper plus computer programs, a Powerpoint file, and a video.   On Oct. 30, the project proposal (up to 2 pages) is due.  On Dec. 16, the final report (up to 10 pages) is due.   For details about the project, please read here.

Suggested topics for projects are listed here.

Course calendar can be found here.

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