About Net-Centric Computing for the year 2017 - 2018


You arrived at the hands-on course page of "Net-Centric Computing". This page is not in its final stage. Updates will follow without warning. See date of "last update".
This web-page is maintained by Toto van Inge ,Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam


The official description of course 5062NECO6Y can be found (in Dutch) here. Also a Blackboard portal is available for this course.
In "BlaBo > Course Materials" one can find also NCC related literature.

The NCC instrutors are:
Edwin Steffens
Toto van Inge


As a starter the focus is on how to get an ad hoc network live. You may decide who will be the lucky ones to form a puissant and synergistic triplet or even an quadruplet. Quintuplets or larger groups are not a default choice (see below).

Once the ad hoc network is live, work on an elected project can begin. The fulfillment of the project could be done by the same group, however reshuffles are always possible. The size of a group is proportionally scaled to the size of the thought up research load.

Useful Software

An Android Studio based framework for building the hardware chain can be found here.


The focus is not on a full-blown production-ready demonstration of your work. Of course everybody will be pleased if it will work as expected. In this context a proof of concept is sufficient enough. But, the focus is on your full-blown description of your experiments, decisions and progress written in a LabBook, Paper, Flyer. (see Evaluation criteria below)

For a general description on writing requirements go to: PAV (more specific go to "Schrijfvaardigheden")

For more specific writing instructions concerning a Lab-Book, Paper, Flyer and Poster there is plenty of information on the web or if you are insecure about it just ask the instructors.

For extra guidance on development of your academic skills go through the text of following page.

Document Evaluation Criteria

  • Problem definition
    • Clarity of problem statement
    • Area demarcation of the research/Experiments (what is and what is not considered)
    • Answer to the problem statement
    • Originality of the research question (not a trivial problem)
    • Practical, academic, economic, social, etc. importance of the problem statement
  • Research (a short explanation of how the (literature) research is done)
    • Approach in terms of creativity and focus on results
    • Difficulty of (desk) research
    • Handling of literature/sources
    • Reliability and extent of the source material
  • Analysis (reasoning path)
    • Completeness and relevance of the analysis (should cover problem and work towards conclusions)
    • Structure of the analysis (logical division of problem definition in sub problems, analysis of sub problems and synthesis of research results and arguments)
  • Choices and conclusion (must follow directly from the reasoning path)
    • Quality and creativity of the alternatives
    • Assessment of the alternatives
    • Quality and realism of the conclusion
    • Elaboration of the conclusion in terms of implementation (what the conclusions mean for practice or for further research)
  • Text
    • Organisation and structure
    • Language, style and clarity
    • Lay-out, graphic care (graphs, tables and diagrams) are powerful and often a clear ways to express a large amount of information. Its use is highly recommended.
  • Commitment
    • Degree of personal independence in research and research design
    • Degree of cooperation within the group
    • Degree of ones own insight and vision
    • Degree of applying knowledge of the theory

Grade Calculation

To produce a grade that reflects also the "Degree of Difficulty" of your research a D.D. factor is defined. (Similar to "FINA Degree of Difficulty" see Appendix 1 and 2) This factor is used as a correcting factor in the so called CCC-model (on that page scroll down to CCC model).

The points for a Personal-Report are weighted by:
Grade =

  • (problem definition x 0.15 +
  • research x 0.4 +
  • analysis x 0.1 +
  • conclusion x 0.15 +
  • comprehensible text x 0.1 +
  • literature x 0.1)

The points for a paper are weighted by:
Grade =

  • (problem definition x 0.2 +
  • research x 0.2 +
  • analysis x 0.2 +
  • conclusion x 0.2 +
  • comprehensible text x 0.1 +
  • literature x 0.1)
  • x D.D.

The points for a poster (including flyer) are weighted by:
Grade =

  • (overview research x 0.3 +
  • comprehensible text x 0.3 +
  • graphics x 0.1 +
  • tables x 0.1 +
  • comprehensible verbal narration x 0.2)

Final grade = Personal-Report x 0.2 + PosterFlyer x 0.1 + Paper x 0.7