Vehicular Cloud Computing
Prof. Mario Gerla
UCLA Computer Science Department, USA
Mobile Cloud Computing is a new field of research that aims to study mobile agents (people, vehicles, robots) as they interact and collaborate to sense the environment, process the data, propagate the results and more generally share resources. Mobile agents collectively operate as Mobile Clouds enabling environment modeling, content discovery, data collection and other mobile applications in a way that is not possible, or not efficient, with the conventional Internet Cloud alone.
This tutorial will focus on the Vehicular Cloud. The basic VANET building blocks are reviewed (Spectrum Management, MAC protocols, Routing) and Vehicle Cloud applications are presented, ranging from safe navigation to urban sensing/surveillance and intelligent transportation. The cooperation between Vehicular Clouds and the Internet Cloud is discussed in the context of a vehicular traffic management application.
About the Speaker
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.