Statement of Purpose Te-Yuan Huang Applying for: CS PH.D. huangty@gmail.

com Looking forward to a rigorous training and having independent research ability i s exactly the reason why I apply for a PHD program. My research interest involve s computer networking. In Stanford, there are many world-renown researchers and laboratories working on network traffic measurement & modeling, network quality of service and performance evaluation, which are the sub-domains that I am parti cularly interested in. I am always curious about everything and taking courses s imply cannot satisfy my curiosity. Thus, during my undergrad years, I seized eve ry opportunity to explore further knowledge. I served as technical assistant in the computer center, where I learned practical system and network administrative experiences; I also joined a research lab led by Prof. John K. Zao and implemen ted a multicast streaming service over peer-to-peer network, which later receive d an award from the National Science Council in Taiwan. However, being familiar with the current network services, it is intuitive for me to ask: ARE THOSE SERV ICES GOOD ENOUGH? This question led me to the realm of research. In my senior ye ar, I joined a project led by Prof. Polly Huang. Starting with Skype, the goal o f the project is to develop a methodology to evaluate human-perceived performanc es of network services. From real life Skype traces, we revealed the relationshi ps between QoS factors and Skype performance. The result shows that users are mo st sensitive to source rate and its jitter. We further quantified the impact of each factor and proposed a model, User Satisfaction Index. With it, we are able to quantify user satisfaction based on network QoS factors. Then, based on this work, IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUILD A BETTER SERVICE? Since we have noticed that sourc e rate and its jitter are critical for user satisfaction, a service could have b etter performance if it can adapt its source rate to a high but stable bandwidth channel. Our idea is simple, yet innovative. If the sending rate is too limited , user satisfaction must be low. On the other hand, if the sending rate causes c ongestion, then users would experience packet loss and delay, which would also d egrade user satisfaction. Therefore, tuning for user satisfaction, we may be abl e to find such a channel. To evaluate this idea, a rate-adaptive algorithm was d esigned and compared with other algorithms. The result shows that, with proper p arameter settings, our user-centric rate-adaptive algorithm does have a chance t o outperform others! I presented this exciting work in ACM SIGCOMM 2007 poster s ection, and the audiences are attracted by this interesting idea and its promisi ng preliminary result. In the future, I would like to continue my prior research on exploring user satisfaction. There are many issues that we have not yet full y explored; for example, the modeling of multi-modal human perception. Recent wo rks only were focused on voice or video perception. However, as the prevailing o f multimedia and virtual-reality system, multisensory models should be establish ed. In addition, quantifying the quality of VoIP conferencing is also an interes ting topic. The modeling work is made even more difficult with the complicated c onversational patterns. I would like to approach these problems from objective p erspective, since objective metrics can capture subconscious reactions and keep the model simple. Along with studying networking, I am also attracted to Artific ial Intelligence. In fact, many techniques in AI, such as Bayesian Te-Yuan Huang http://nslab.ee.ntu.edu.tw/~huangty

ee.tw/~huangty .com Classifier. with the urge t o know more about this world.ntu. I have well prepared myself with core curricula in the field of computer science. are very useful on network traffic classification and analysis. I am applying for your PHD program and seeking for the opportunity to explore further in the field of computer science! Te-Yuan Huang http://nslab. As a student graduating with honor. I always keep a curious mind and polish my skills by participating in research projects.Statement of Purpose Te-Yuan Huang huangty@gmail. Now. As a researcher.edu.

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