||Recently we are witnessing the emergence of situation-aware vehicles, equipped with plurality of sensors that can help driver with vehicle control and maneuvering. Cars that can park themselves, provide lane-departure warning, and monitor the driver alertness are marketed with affordable prices. The sensing and processing power of cars are increasing, enabling various safety-enhancing features, such as blind-spot warning, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, and so on. In this talk, we will discuss the next steps for autonomous vehicles. In particular, we will project the path forward by transitioning from autonomous cars to cognitive and intelligent vehicles. Future cars will be enabled with car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication capabilities. We will review such enhancement and will focus on two recent research directives that will make future cars intelligent. The two enablers are compressive sensing and network coding. We will show that cooperative compressive sensing can reduce the wireless channel congestion, which is the main challenge in dense vehicular networks. To discuss the communications aspects of vehicular networks, we will introduce a repetition-based medium access control method using positive orthogonal codes, and then propose an opportunistic network-coding scheme to enhance the reliability of communication. We will finally discuss some open research issues.
||Shahrokh Valaee is with the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, where he is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies. He is the Founder and the Director of the Wireless and Internet Research Laboratory (WIRLab) at the University of Toronto. Professor Valaee recently served as the TPC Co-Chair of ICT 2015. He was the Track Chair of the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2014, the TPC Co-Chair and the Local Organization Chair of IEEE Personal Mobile Indoor Radio Communication (PIMRC) Symposium 2011, and the Co-Chair for Wireless Communications Symposium of IEEE GLOBECOM 2006. From December 2010 to December 2012, he was the Associate Editor of the IEEE Signal Processing Letters. Currently, he serves as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. Since Feb 2015 he has been an Editor of the Elsevier Journal of Computer and System Science. Professor Valaee is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada.