15-821/18-843: Mobile and Pervasive Computing (IoT)

Professors Mahadev Satyanarayanan & Dan Siewiorek

Fall 2019
Course Web page at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~15-821

YouTube videos of final demos from previous classes 

Course Logistics

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.

Course Description

This is a course exploring research issues in mobile computing and its close relative, pervasive computing (aka "Internet of Things (IoT)").   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 under the guidance of a mentor on a project. Each student will present a research paper from the literature in a conference-style 30-minute  talk.      Each student will also present a short (30 minutes) overview of the commercial landscape for one of the topics covered in class.  There will a brief quiz at the start of each class, based on the readings  for that 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

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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 2019-08-15 by Satya