The Networked Systems program provides education and research opportunities to M.S. and Ph.D. students in the areas of computer and telecommunication networks. Networked Systems include all types of systems that are networked, including the Internet, cell phone networks, cable television networks, telephone networks, and other emerging networks.
Networked Systems are inherently interdisciplinary. By their design, they connect a wide variety of networked devices using a wide variety of communications protocols. Some of these protocols were historically developed in Computer Science and others in Electrical Engineering. As a result, the Networked Systems spans traditional departmental boundaries.
At the Univeristy of California, Irvine, we have a Department of Computer Science within the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and we have a Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science within the Samueli School of Engineering. The Networked Systems program unites the strengths of these two Departments and provides integrated M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Networked Systems.
Networked Systems is an educational degree program. It is not a separate department. Faculty from both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with research interests in Networked Sysetms guide the program.
Networked Systems M.S. and Ph.D. students take core courses, breadth courses, and concentration courses. The core courses are taken by all Networked Systems students and form a foundation for networking topics. The breadth courses can be selected from computer science & engineering courses (including cryptography, databases, algorithms, and probability) and from management and applications of technology (including security and privacy, social impact, and network theory). The concentration courses can be selected from courses in networks, performance, middleware, and communications.
For students whose primary interest is outside of networking, please consider the following alternative degree programs: