CS 4803/8803 IMS (MAS) - Mobile Applications and Services for Converged Networks (CS 4261)

Fall 2008

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This course covers the area of application development and deployment in today's commercial, mobile networks. This space is undergoing rapid change as new devices and technologies become available and the network and service providers move to a more converged architecture. A goal of this course is to survey the current state of application work in this environment and provide a contrast with the traditional telco and Internet environments.

A central component of this course is an introduction to the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and the process of developing an application for IMS. (In fact, you've probably heard this course referred to as "The IMS Course".) The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is the next-generation standard in telecommunications network architecture, enabling a leap forward for voice, video, data, and multimedia applications. Telecommunications companies have begun deploying IMS technology to offer new services that subscribers can access from any location on a wide variety of devices. The students in this class will learn to design and develop these new services.

This class was originally inspired by the Georgia Tech IMS research competition. The competition was conducted during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic years. We anticipate that there will be a followon series of similar competitions in the coming years. However, the plans are still being finalized. Regardless of the competition itself, participation in class is not tied to the competition. You do not have to enter any competition to take the class. You do not have to take the class to enter any competition.

Several people will be closely involved in this course.


This is a project class. There will be a full semester project and several shorter projects throughout the semester. There are no exams. The projects are organized as follows.

Topic Outline (updated as the semester develops)

This is a outline of possible topics that we will cover. We probably won't get to all of them.

Note that some links to class resources, such as slides and documentation are password restricted to GT students only. Use your prism credentials for access.

Class Resources

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to abide by the Georgia Tech Honor Code. Honest and ethical behavior is expected at all times. All incidents of suspected dishonesty will be reported to and handled by the office of student affairs.
Russell J. Clark
Created: Fri Aug 1 10:29:13 2008