BACS Application Process Results – Spring 2024

[April 22, 2024] The application process for Spring 2024 admission to the BACS program has now completed. 16 students were accepted to the program through the application process of which 15 students elected to join the program. The total size of the BACS program for the Class of 2027 is a total of 23 students between the original admitted students (admitted to ND as a BACS student) and through the application process.

BACS Information – AY23-24

[August 31st, 2023] A few general pieces of advising information for those in the BACS (Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science) program or those who are looking to join the program:

  • Students who are admitted to Notre Dame as a BACS student need not worry about applying to join the program. If you are admitted / accepted as a BACS student and start your freshmen year as a BACS student, you are in.
  • Students who are not part of the BACS program but may want to join / apply should try to attend the Arts & Letters information session. Students may only apply to join the BACS program in the spring of their freshmen year. Application information will be posted in January 2024 with applications due the Friday before fall break.
  • In terms of coursework, you should take challenging classes and stay on track for math. That means Calc I, II, and III. Ideally, if you take either Principles / Elements of Computing (if space allows) or EG 10118 (Intro to Engineering), that would be fantastic.

Otherwise, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the program and I would be happy to answer any questions.

BACS Application Process – Spring 2023

[January 10th, 2023]

The application process for the BACS for the Class of 2026 is now open.  



Applications are due by Friday, March 10th, 2023 at 10 PM EST.  Questions may be directed to the BACS Program Director at    

Student Recruiting – AY23-24

[October 10, 2022] Looking ahead to the AY23-24 (academic year) recruiting cycle, our research group is aiming to recruit one or possibly two Ph. D students in the areas of wireless network measurement and wearables. Subject to funding, we may also have some work in network security, particularly blended 4G / 5G / WiFi. We do not envision having funding for post-docs for this coming year (CY23) and are unlikely to have post-doc funding for the next cycle (AY23-24).

In particular, we envision efforts on the following projects or offshoots of these efforts:

Short video: Platforms such as TikTok, Facebook Watch, Instagram Reels and others present fascinating challenges when it comes to QoE. Unlike traditional QoE, short video browsing is tempered by unique circumstances including QoE spanning multiple videos, varying periods of video watching (full or partial viewing), and highly dynamic network performance. We are interested in studying the underlying tradeoffs associated with how best to pre-stage, adapt quality, and handle various dynamics in such scenarios.

Network performance: One of the major thrusts of our research group over the past few years has been to study how to better measure the network through intentional, structured packet trains injected at the server to elicit a rapid, improved understanding of network performance characteristics. Newly emerging networks such as 5G, WiFi 6E, CBRS, and mmWave introduce intriguing new challenges for measurement.

Wearables and pervasive computing: The new capabilities of wearable devices continue to advance offering increased lifetime, sensing capabilities, and unobtrusive form factors. Our research group is interested on how COTS or COTS wearables plus enhancements can be better leveraged to bring robust quantitative measurement to previously unexplored aspects of human physiological and overarching social interactions.

If you might be interested in joining our research group, we encourage you to apply to join the graduate program at the University of Notre Dame. Depending on your area of interest, you might also want to check out the research groups of Spyros Mastorakis (networking – joining ND in January 2023), Toby Li (human computing interface / mobile apps), and Taeho Jung (security).

Many thanks to Lucy Li for the Twitter recommendation to post this to help new graduate students.

Paper Accepted at MMSys 2022

[May 12th, 2022] Our paper entitled “Swipe Along: A Measurement Study of Short Video Services” was accepted into MMSys 2022 that will be held in Ireland in June 2022. The paper focuses on the performance of various short video services and in particular how those services pre-load content to help improve interactivity. Great work by my student Shangyue and many thanks to our collaborators at AT&T Labs.

S. Zhu, T. Karagioules, E. Halepovic, A. Mohammed, A. Striegel, “Swipe Along: A Measurement Study of Short Video Services” to appear in MMSys 2022.

Office Hours – Spring 2021

[February 1st, 2021] Office hours for the spring semester have been updated and can be found down below the fold.

Scheduled Office Hours

Tuesday: 2-3 PM
Wednesday: 2-4 PM
Friday: 12-1 PM

Help sessions for CSE 30341 and BACS application preparation are available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. If you would like to join the help session, please let me know by 5 PM such that I make sure to have the virtual Zoom room ready to go / am monitoring for joins.

All office hours are virtual via the following Zoom link. As it is admit-based, please nudge me via e-mail if you are waiting too long. Note that only people with a valid ND NetID can join unless arranged in advance.