Here's a good starting point for your reading assignment this semester. Read this list and follow these blogs. Required Reading Regarding Mobile

Spring 2014

Atlanta Campus: Tuesday, Thursday 12:05-1:25 - Instructional Center 103

France Campus: TBD

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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. We will cover both the technical details of the field and the business environment that is often equally important to understanding why things are designed the way they are.

When first created, this course was known as "The IMS Course". The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) is a next-generation standard for telecommunications network architectures. With all that is going on in the convergence world today, we no longer focus exclusively on IMS in this course. We will cover IMS briefly in the context of many other important standards. You should now refer to this course as "The Way Cool Mobile Apps Course".

An important goal for this class is to get you thinking about innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a natural fit for this material because the mobile and convergence space is replete with opportunities to build something that other people will use and maybe even launch a business. I expect that many of your class projects should be on one of the mobile app stores (e.g. iPhone, Android) by the end of the semester. There are many opportunities at Georgia Tech to support you in such an endeavor. One such opportunity is the Convergence Innovation Competition. Your final project will follow the guidelines for CIC entries and should be a viable competitor in this year's competitions.

While many of the students in this class are from the College of Computing, we encourage students from diverse areas on campus to participate. This includes people from Management, Communications, Music, and many others. In the course projects we have the flexibility to leverage the contributions of people with a wide range of experiences.

For Spring 2014, we will be offering this course simultaneously at the Atlanta and Metz, France campuses. This course is always supported by a large teaching team and this semester will be no exception. We will occassionally bring the two sections together for collaborative sessions.

Teaching Team

  • GT Lorraine: Ron Hutchins, PhD
  • Office: TBD
  • Office hours: TBD
  • Email: Email is always the most reliable way to reach me.

Several people will be closely involved in this course.

  • Srishti Gupta - MAS Class TA -
  • Girish Dhoble - MAS Class TA -
  • Jinhyun Kim - GT-RNOC Staff, MAS Class TA -
  • Larry Freil - GT-RNOC Staff -
  • Matt Sanders - GT-RNOC/IPAT/OIT -
  • Brian Davidson - GT-RNOC Lab Manager -
  • Guest speakers from industry partners.


Your grade will be calculated from your work on the semester project.

  • Project Meetings and Presentations - 20%
  • Project Implementation and Demonstration - 30%
  • Project Video Presentation - 20%
  • Project Writeup - 10%
  • Final Exam - 20%

For most of this semester, we will meet in the regular classroom. Starting with week 4, your teams will be presenting status updates on your projects. Your attendance and participation in these team presentations is mandatory and will be part of your project grade.

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.


We do not have an official textbook for the class. We will make extensive use of online resources and class notes. You should follow the tech news and stay current on what is going on in this space. Follow sites like TechCrunch, Slashdot, and ArsTechnica to see who is buying who and why!

Class Resources

Most of the class resources will be available on the T-Square site or the GT Journey site.

  • Development Resources
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Resources
  • IMS Resources
  • RFC's of Interest - There are many RFC's related to IMS and SIP. The ones listed here are a good place to start.

  • Books
    • "The 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS): Merging the Internet and the Cellular Worlds" by Gonzalo Camarillo, Miguel-Angel Garcia-Martin
    • "The IMS: IP Multimedia Concepts and Services" by Miikka Poikselka, Aki Niemi, Hisham Khartabil, Georg Mayer