Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-755SV: Networks in the Real World




18-755 is a graduate-level course that focuses on networks and their applications to various natural and technological systems. Specifically, this class delves into the new science behind networks and their concrete applications technological, biological, and social systems, as well as various design synergies that exist when looking at these systems from a cyber-physical perspective.

By scope and contents, this is not just another class on “networks”. Want to know how complex networks dominate our world? How communities arise in social networks? How group behavior dominates Twitter? How swarms of bacteria can navigate inside the human body? How patterns of interaction can be identified in hardware and software systems? Want to work on cutting edge projects involving systems and synthetic biology? Or social networks? Or networks-on-chip and internet-of-things? Then this class is for you!

Course requirements consist of a few homework assignments, a semester-long project, and in-class presentations of relevant papers. By structure and contents, this class targets primarily the computer engineering and computer science students, but it also provides a valuable foundation for interdisciplinary research to students in related disciplines.

This course replaces 18-869 D "Special Topics in CAD: Wild and Crazy Ideas in Electrical and Computer Engineering"

Prerequisites: Senior or Graduate standing

Last Modified: 2023-04-13 11:53AM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2023
  • Fall 2022
  • Fall 2020
  • Spring 2015