VANET Services and Mobile Vehicle Clouds

Speaker : Mario Gerla
Date: 18/03/2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: LINCS Meeting Room 40


Abstract: New vehicle applications have recently emerged in several areas ranging from navigation safety to location aware content distribution, urban surveillance and intelligent transport. A new impulse is given by autonomous vehicle with plenty of sensors, memory and processing power. The richness of on board resources and the diversity of applications sets the Vehicular ad Hoc Network (VANET) apart from conventional MANETs and does introduce new challenges in the services they can provide. A representative service scenario is urban sensing: vehicles monitor the environment, classify the events, e.g., license plates, chemical readings etc, and support forensic service requests from Authorities. This notion of service suggests that the VANET can be viewed as a Mobile Computing Cloud (MCC) where vehicles interact and collaborate to sense the environment, process the data, V2V propagate the results and share resources to provide mobile services. This talk will revisit VANET applications and services in light of the Mobile Cloud model. It will then propose a Vehicular Cloud platform and will address the cooperation with Edge Cloud and Internet Cloud.
Biography: Dr. Mario Gerla is a Professor in the Computer Science Dept at UCLA. He holds an Engineering degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the Ph.D. degree from UCLA. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. At UCLA, he was part of the team that developed the early ARPANET protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. He joined the UCLA Faculty in 1976. At UCLA he has designed network protocols including ad hoc wireless clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODECast) and Internet transport (TCP Westwood). He has lead the ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading several advanced wireless network projects under Industry and Government funding. His team is developing a Vehicular Testbed for safe navigation, content distribution, urban sensing and intelligent transport. Parallel research activities are wireless medical monitoring using smart phones and cognitive radios in urban environments.He has served as a Technical Program Committee member of many international conferences, and is active in the organization of conferences and workshops, including MedHocNet and WONS. He serves on the IEEE TON Scientific Advisory Board. He was recently recognized with the annual MILCOM Technical Contribution Award for 2011 and the IEEE Ad Hoc and Sensor Network Society Achievement Award in 2011.