INF9370 – Distributed technologies for social networks

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

We are witnessing revolutionary changes in the Internet related to the proliferation of social networking services. While these services cross many areas of computer science, we will try to consider them from the perspective of distributed computing. This research oriented seminar explores state-of-the art advances, principles, and techniques in the area. In particular, the seminar covers

  • Online social networking (such as Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter).
  • Mobile social networking (including sensornet services and delay tolerant networks)
  • Analysis of data and relations in social networks
  • Selected aspects of content distribution services
    Incentives in social networks and in content distribution
    P2P streaming and its use in social networks
    Dissemination schemes for social content

Learning outcome

  • Learning about research advances related to one of the most popular technological areas today.
  • Getting experience of reviewing and summarizing research papers and presentations.
  • Getting experience of participating in research discussions with peers.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

15 students can be admitted. The students will be prioritized as followed:

1) PhD candidates at the Department of Informatics with INF9370 on their approved study plan.

2) Master students at the Department of Informatics with INF5370 on their approved study plan.

3) Master students/PhD candidates at the Department of Informatics.

4) Other qualified students.

 Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


Seminar, 3 hours each week. It will be structured as presentations of the most significant research works in this popular area and discussion of these works. This course is a seminar, and each student must give a presentation. The students are also expected to participate in the discussions. To be allowed to take the final exam, each student must attend at least 75% of the seminar meetings, and prior to each of these meetings, he or she must read the articles to be discussed and submit a short written summary of these articles.

The course has added curriculum compared to INF5370 – Distributed technologies for social networks (discontinued)


Oral exam and student presentations.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Facts about this course

Spring 2016

This course will not be given spring 2015, next time is spring 2016.

Every spring
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