Specialization complementary (Computer Networks and Distributed Systems)
This subject has not requirements
This subject covers research aspects of the very active area of Internet applications and its security. The approach based on services and open architectures is described, detailing the standardization efforts for Internet applications interoperability.
In this context, focus is made on multimedia applications. Therefore, content and metadata is relevant here. Its protection and rights management is analyzed. The different requirements and approaches to privacy are also studied. Again, standards is a central issue.
Furthermore, other key issues to Internet applications security, such as the Web security infrastructure and related protocols are introduced.
All these issues are studied in parallel with their application areas, such as audiovisual or eHealth.
Person in charge
Jaime M. Delgado Merce (
Technical Competences of each Specialization
Computer networks and distributed systems
CEE2.1 - Capability to understand models, problems and algorithms related to distributed systems, and to design and evaluate algorithms and systems that process the distribution problems and provide distributed services.
Generic Technical Competences
CG1 - Capability to apply the scientific method to study and analyse of phenomena and systems in any area of Computer Science, and in the conception, design and implementation of innovative and original solutions.
CG4 - Capacity for general and technical management of research, development and innovation projects, in companies and technology centers in the field of Informatics Engineering.
CG5 - Capability to apply innovative solutions and make progress in the knowledge to exploit the new paradigms of computing, particularly in distributed environments.
Solvent use of the information resources
CTR4 - Capability to manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualization of data and information in the area of informatics engineering, and critically assess the results of this effort.
CTR6 - Capacity for critical, logical and mathematical reasoning. Capability to solve problems in their area of study. Capacity for abstraction: the capability to create and use models that reflect real situations. Capability to design and implement simple experiments, and analyze and interpret their results. Capacity for analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
CB8 - Capability to communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to both skilled and unskilled public in a clear and unambiguous way.
Development of distributed Internet applications: Services, Architectures, Middleware
Basic concepts: Kinds of standards, standardization process.
MPEG and JPEG.
XML (eXtensible Markup Language)
Structure and syntax.
Security in applications
Web security infrastructure.
Internet applications privacy: Content aspects, Communication aspects, Personal data protection, eIdentity.
Intellectual rights for multimedia content.
The course is very interactive with some introductory topics from the Professor and a few assignments in which students present papers and discuss conclusions.
In particular, students prepare two assignments for analysis and discussion on topics of recent research and standards, and another one more on research.
In the first two assignments, students present the results of their analysis and lead a discussion on this with rest of students.
In the last one, students make a small research project led by the Professor (on a specific topic: what is done? what is not solved? ideas to solve it). They write a short paper and make a presentation where they answer questions and criticisms from the Professor and the other students.
Test on the topics developed by the Professor (T).
2 assignments on analysis and discussion (A) and 1 assignment on research (R).
(A) Analysis & Discussion of a document. Students provide documentation + short presentation and lead class discussion. Students not presenting should make questions showing their understanding of the topics.
(R) Research work. Students provide documentation + long presentation + interview (if needed).
Final mark: (T * 0,2) + 2* (A * 0,25) + (R * 0,3)
Assessment of A and R includes:
Content (40%), Presentation (30%), Lead discussion (15%), Others' discussion (15%).
T mark could be increased (factor F) with the evaluation of n (number to define) dairy short tests (mark D for every dairy test):
Increase factor (F) = 0,25 * ( Σn Di )/ n
The increased T mark would be: T * (1+F). 0 <= F <= 0,25.
If a student provides at least 75% of the dairy short tests, the mean mark of those tests could substitute the final increased mark T, avoiding the Test.
Computer Security: Principles and Practice, Third Edition -
Stallings, William, ,
DELGADO, Jaime, ,
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