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To get some idea of what constitutes a Master's thesis-sized piece ofresearch, read several recent ones. Keep in mind that the ones that areeasy to get at are the ones that were published or made into techreports because someone thought they extended the state of the art-inother words, because they did more than a Master's thesis needs to. Tryalso reading some theses that were accepted but not published. Allaccepted theses can be found in one of the MIT libraries. PhD theses are required to extend the state of the art. PhD thesisresearch should be of publishable quality. MIT machismo operates again, sothat many PhD theses form the definitive work on a subarea for severalyears. It is not uncommon for a thesis to define a new subarea, or tostate a new problem and solve it. None of this is necessary, however.
published letters to substantiate your thesis or theses
For many years, wireless networks have been mostly single-hop: two devices would communicate directly over the wireless medium. For example, your cell phone with the cellular provider's base station, or your laptop with the airport's access point or your home Wi-Fi router. But more and more wireless devices are being used and multi-hop wireless communication is not far from becoming reality in civilian applications. For example, wireless sensor networks, small foot-print devices equipped with relatively short-range radios, are expected to offer valuable services for monitoring the environment, buildings, infrastructure, etc.
However, the more important such wireless become, the more likely they are to be attacked. There is already rich literature on a variety of attacks against routing protocols, essentially seeking to deny communication across the multi-hop wireless network. While there is already a wide range of alternative schemes, recent results showed that we can still improve resilience significantly, even against powerful adversaries.