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MSc Programme ``Algorithmic Systems" 2002-2003

Seminar: Web modeling (`Structuur van het Web', WM)


Seminar overview

In a few years time, the Web has grown from a handful of pages to several billions of pages connected by even more hyperlinks. Not only the amount of information on the Web has increased dramatically, but so has the diversity of the information and the number of users. The rapid growth has led to a wide range of internetworking problems related to routing, resource reservation, administration, and information retrieval. In order to exploit the Web in the future and to enable businesses to use it strategically, there is a need to understand and manage the dynamics of the Web.

The seminar will consist of two parts:

A more extensive overview of the issues that will be addressed is given in this detailed description.

Class schedule


The seminar is part of the MSc program `Algorithmic Systems', thus intended for students in their 4th year. The number of participants is limited to approximately 14 (maximum), with priority to the AS students. Students from other programs are welcome as long as there is `room'.

Seminar material

The seminar will be based on recent papers from the literature, we will treat research-oriented issues. All papers that will be discussed during the seminar can be found in this list of references.

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Seminar work

The seminar consists of:
  1. Presentations
    Each participant has to give two presentations, one in each cluster. Each presentation should be 40 minutes, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of questions and discussion.
    You are expected to read the paper(s) specified in your slots in the seminar program and present the most interesting and relevant parts in your talk. Point out why the subject of your paper is so important, why we should know about it, and highlight what we should understand. Adjust the talk to the level of the audience. If you have to introduce the real subject, do so. For most papers it will be required for good understanding to read more than only this paper. Do some further reading ands consult related literature. This seminar site contains some pre-selected additional material but explore the topic yourself too. Broad interest and thorough research will be awarded.
  2. Responding
    Every participant will be asked to serve as a `respondent' twice. The task of a respondent is to read the key paper(s) that will be treated by the speaker as well and to come up with a number of challenging questions for the speaker. The questions could be on difficult aspects, context or relevance of the paper. The questions should lead to better understanding, research related discussion or new interesting questions in this area.
  3. Assignment/Poster
    In the last part of the seminar an additional assigment will have to be carried out, dealing with aspects of the overall topic of the seminar. Most likely this will be a `poster', on a assigned subject. Here are some further instructions.
  4. Active participation
    Each participant is expected to participate actively in discussions. As the seminar material is/will be on-line for every session, you are expected to `orient' yourself on this material as well beforehand.


The presentations together will count for 60%, the `responder' task for 20%, the assignment for 10% and active participation also 10%. (There will be no final exam.)

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Last modified: February 2003