15-821/18-843: Mobile and Pervasive Computing

Professors Mahadev Satyanarayanan & Dan Siewiorek

Fall 2017
Course Web page at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~15-821

Demo Day videos and posters:  December 6, 2016     December 1, 2015


Course Resources

External Resources

Synthesis lectures on Mobile & Pervasive Computing (Morgan & Claypool, free access to all Carnegie Mellon students and faculty).  The links below will only work from a machine with a CMU IP address.


This is a course exploring research issues in mobile computing and its close relative, pervasive computing. Many traditional areas of computer science and computer engineering are impacted by the constraints and demands of mobile and pervasive computing. The course will offer significant hands-on experience:  students will work in small groups under the guidance of a mentor on a project. Each student will also be required to write one of two documents based on an idea in mobile and pervasive computing: (a) a research proposal (similar in spirit to an NSF proposal) or (b) a short business plan for a commercial opportunity. There will a brief quiz at the start of each class, based on the readings  for that class.  In teams of two,  students will present a short (30 minutes) overview of the commercial landscape for one of the topics covered in class. 


Knowledge of operating systems, distributed systems, and computer architecture.   If in doubt, check with one of the instructors before registering.



Mahadev Satyanarayanan

Office: GHC 9123
Phone: x8-3743
Email: satya@cs.cmu.edu

Admin assistant: Chase Klingensmith, GHC 9229 (x8-3041, chasek@cs.cmu.edu)

Dan Siewiorek

Office: NSH 3513
Phone: x8-2570
Email: dps@cs.cmu.edu
Admin assistant: Marian D'Amico, NSH 3526 (x8-1216, marian@cs.cmu.edu)

Guest Faculty
Asim Smailagic

Office: Scott Hall 6143
Phone: x8-7863
Email: asim@cs.cmu.edu

Important Dates

Grading Weights

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Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and have an accommodations letter from the Disability Resources office, we encourage you to discuss your accommodations and needs with us  as early in the semester as possible. We will work with you to ensure that accommodations are provided as appropriate. If you suspect that you may have a disability and would benefit from accommodations but are not yet registered with the Office of Disability Resources, we encourage you to contact them at access@andrew.cmu.edu.

Last updated 2017-09-18 by Satya