Evolving VANET Services in the Autonomous Vehicle Era
By: Prof. Mario Gerla,
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
As new vehicle applications are emerging in several areas ranging from navigation safety, urban surveillance, intelligent transport and content distribution, a new impulse is given by the advent of the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous, self-driving vehicle will have plenty of sensors (for navigation), and plenty more memory and processing power to imitate and in fact surpass the intelligence of the human driver. This creates a new environment for VANET research. The richness of on board resources and the diversity and sophistication of applications sets the Vehicular ad Hoc Network (VANET) apart from conventional MANETs. First, it introduces the concept of service, eg, urban sensing: vehicles monitor the environment, classify the events (e.g., license plates, chemical readings etc), and support service requests from other vehicles, from Authorities as well as from authorized external analyzers.
The notion of service suggests that the VANET can be viewed as a Mobile Computing Cloud (MCC) where vehicles interact and collaborate to sense other vehicles and environment, process the data, V2V propagate the results and share resources to provide mobile services. This talk will revisit VANET applications as autonomous vehicles become prevalent. It will describe the Mobile Cloud model emphasizing the interaction with Edge Cloud and Internet Cloud. Finally, it will address new critical services for autonomous vehicles such as privacy protection and prevention of DDOS attacks.
About the Speaker
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.