The Internet under widespread shelter-in-place: Resilience, response, and lessons for the future

The spread of COVID-19 has led to unprecedented and ongoing changes to daily life, including shelter-in-place orders, widespread closing of businesses and schools, and work-from-home and school-from-home at previously unknown levels. These changes in behavior are placing extraordinary demands on the Internet. This project will measure the Internet’s ability to meet these demands, including comparing its performance before, during, and after the peak of COVID-19; whether the amount of change varies between areas heavily impacted by COVID-19 and those less impacted; and whether and how large networks adapt. To provide this rich understanding, this project will combine multiple Internet-scale datasets that provide complementary views to investigate how responses to COVID-19 have impacted the Internet and how networks have reacted. Measuring the network impact of COVID-19 will illuminate the Internet’s strengths and weak points and is a crucial step towards improving the Internet’s future resilience in the face of pandemics, natural disasters, large scale conflict, and terrorist attacks.

Dates: 6/1/2020 - 8/31/2020

Direct Supervisor: Thomas Koch (tak2154)

Paid: Yes

Credit: Yes

Hours per week: 20-40

Number of positions: 1

 

Qualifications/skill-set: programming experience, basic Linux experience.

Desired skills: Python, data science/Big Data processing, basic statistics, scripting

Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Master's (SEAS only)

Students should provide a brief 250 word description with reasons for interest in the project and goals for the summer. Please include your dates of availability for summer 2020 with hours per week, a CV, and an (unofficial) transcript. We are looking for students to spend 20-40 hours per week. A stipend or research credits may be available for qualified and experienced applicants.


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The Internet under widespread shelter-in-place: Resilience, response, and lessons for the future

Email: columbia.networking.research+covid@gmail.com


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Email: columbia.networking.research+video@gmail.com


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Email: columbia.networking.research+summer2020@gmail.com