Social Learning Network (SLN) is a type of social network among students, instructors, and modules of learning. Recent innovations in online education, including open online courses at various scales, in flipped classroom instruction, and in professional and corporate training have raised interesting research topics concerning SLN. Some of these include: prediction of assessment performance and dropoff rates, recommendation of courses/topics and study partners, personalization of the learning experience, visualization, and incentivization.

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One of the major pain points in higher education today is the scale-efficacy tradeoff of learning. The best example of this is perhaps Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have showcased orders of magnitude larger student bodies than traditional classrooms but with completion rates that hover in the single digits.

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In a community detection problem, we are given a graph and the goal is to identify the nodes in the graph that have strong ties to each other, or belong to the so called a “community”. In the context of social network analysis, the graph refers to the social network; a community refers to a group of people who interact closely with each other, such as researchers on the same topic or college students living in the same dorm...

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There exist many different modern approaches to resource allocation in computing clusters, ranging from the simplistic (FIFO, highest priority first, and earliest deadline first) to the more complex (fair scheduling, etc). However, many of these algorithms focus on maximizing optimization problems that have very basic job utilities that are either constant or binary with respect to a deadline time. We extend this problem to look at the nonconvex problem of scheduling jobs with deadlines, with time-dependent utility functions.

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A full duplex wireless device is one that can transmit and receive at the same time in the same frequency band, and typically it requires at least one Tx and one Rx antenna. The key challenge in realizing such a device lies in the self-interference (SI) generated by the Tx antenna at the Rx antenna. As an example, consider a Wi-Fi signal with a transmit power of 20 dBm. A Tx–Rx antenna separation of about 6–8 inches results in a path loss of about 40 dBm (depending on channel characteristics), resulting in a self-interference of at least -20 dBm...

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Cloud computing is fast emerging as the backbone of most distributed services. Cloud-platforms such as Amazon's EC2, S3 or Microsoft's Azure provide scalable, fault tolerant computing and storage platforms over which many distributed solutions can be deployed. In this proposal, we focus on interactive services, a class of cloud-based services in which each user interacts with the cloud at very high frequencies through applications such as video conferencing, document collaboration or online gaming...

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People have been arguing about fairness for thousands of years, including academics working in economics, politics, philosophy, and engineering. Though fairness can consequently mean many different things, we focus on a specific aspect of fairness: defining the fairness of an allocation of resources to different people. We use a mathematical theory of fairness that is based on four fairness axioms, which yield a unique family of functions that quantify the fairness of a given resource allocation. These functions unify several previously proposed fairness measures.

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Heterogeneity of wireless network architectures is increasingly becoming an important part of current and next-generation wireless networks. Simultaneously, mobile devices are increasingly equipped with multiple radio access technologies (RATs) that can connect to and switch between different access networks. In such heterogeneous wireless environments, an important question that arises is "How should a user select the best access network to connect to at any given time?" To envision the difficulty of this task, imagine mobile users as cars on a busy multilane highway...

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Online service providers (OSPs) worry about the end-to-end performance their customers experience, since even small increases in user-perceived latency can have significant impact on revenues. To improve performance and reliability, service providers typically run services out of multiple geographically-distributed service locations--i.e., data centers, caches, availability zones--each typically peering with multiple Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In addition, service providers also need to consider operational costs: large services may serve petabytes of data daily, leading to significant bandwidth and electricity costs...

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DataMi is motivated by the growth in mobile (and wired) demand for data and ISPs' (Internet Service Providers) increasing inability to meet this demand. To make it worse, the heavy usage concentrates on several peak hours in a day, forcing ISPs to overprovision according to that. Even charging by monthly usage overages, as AT&T and Verizon have started doing in 2011, will not mitigate that. Yet this fact can be exploited to help solve the problem of excessive demand...

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Two emerging trends of Internet applications, video traffic becoming dominant and usage-based pricing plans becoming prevalent, are at odds with each other. On one hand, videos, especially on high-resolution devices (e.g., iPhone 5, iPad, Android tablets), consume much more data than other types of traffic...

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Twitter provides in real time a huge volume of data on people's opinions towards various issues. One natural question to ask is what we can achieve with this data. Another question is how reliable are existing Twitter-based methods to gauge people's opinions...

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June 2014

MOOC total enrollment over 200,000

The networking courses offered by the EDGE Lab as massive open online courses have had over 200,000 people around the world enrolled in 2 years. The next offering will start in mid June, 2014: https://www.coursera.org/course/ni

June 2014

Princeton Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Princeton Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee (PEAC) was formed in early 2014 to explore the vision, structures, and mechanisms of Entrepreneurship the Princeton Way. Chiang chairs the PEAC, which has launched an input-gathering website for everyone: http://www.princeton.edu/entrepreneurship.

June 2014

SDP Book To Be Published

The first book dedicated to Smart Data Pricing (SDP) is being published by Wiley in July 2014. It consists of contributions from dozens of leading researchers across academia and industry to the area of SDP: http://www.amazon.com/Pricing-Information-Communication-Technology-Series/dp/1118611667/