Mon. Sept. 5, 2016
Wireless Communication Challenges in Surface Transportation Applications
By: Prof. Hamid Sharif
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, USA
Advances in wireless communication technologies have enabled the new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications for effective and reliable vehicle and traffic monitoring to control mobility, safety, and security of surface transportation. In the automotive industry, the in-vehicle communications and inter-vehicle communications offer different wireless challenges including integration with the existing communication protocols such as controller area network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN), and Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) to support real-time vehicular applications.
In the rail environment, wireless communication plays a critical role in monitoring and controlling trains and railcars. But the challenges are extensive, including the linear topology of freight trains with over 100 railcars in a train which requires suitable wireless technologies to support time critical applications. The challenges in passenger trains are also broad including the high-speed train’s wireless communications with consideration of signal fading and path loss due to the train’s high velocity.
In the coming years, wireless communication technologies in support of vehicular applications for all modes of surface transportation are expected to take a leap forward. This tutorial will discuss research trends and challenges on different wireless technologies suitable for supporting communications in different modes of surface transportation with time critical applications and data intensive traffic such as video streaming in automotive and rail environments.
About the Speakers
Dr. Sharif is the Charles J. Vranek Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is also the Director of the Advanced Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory at UNL. Dr. Hamid Sharif has made significant contributions in the field of wireless ommunication for mobile and vehicular applications. His research work in this area over the last three decades has produced many significant advances with a profound impact on vehicular communications and the transportation
His work in vehicular communications includes contributions to developments of Advanced Train Control System (ATCS) communication protocol, the Remote Control Locomotive communication protocol, high-speed trackside wireless communication for freight railroads, as well as his most recent work on wireless communication to provide real-time railcar monitoring.
He has published over 250 research articles in international journals and conferences. His research projects have been funded by major research agencies, including the Federal Railroad Administrations (FRA) and major US railroad industries.