University of Florida

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

CNT 6805, Section 226H

Network Science and Applications

Fall 2016

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

Course Evaluation

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Student Privacy

There are federal laws protecting your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments. For more information, please see:

Campus Resources:

Health and Wellness

U Matter, We Care:

If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352 392-1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.

Counseling and Wellness Center:, and  392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS)

Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.

University Police Department at 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies), or

Academic Resources

E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to

Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601.  Career assistance and counseling.

Library Support, Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.

Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring.

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.

Student Complaints Campus:

On-Line Students Complaints:



Grades Percentage Dates
Homework 30% See the course calendar
Project proposal 10% 4pm, October 28
Project report 60% 4pm, December 14

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+.

More information on UF grading policy may be found at:


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. 28, the project proposal (up to 2 pages) is due.  On Dec. 14, 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.

Useful links