32nd Brazilian Symposium on
Computer Networks and Distributed Systems

Florianopolis - Brazil, May 5-9, 2014
Mario Gerla

Speaker: Prof. Mario Gerla, University of California, Los Angeles

Title: Vehicular Networks: from autonomous vehicles to vehicular clouds

New vehicle applications have recently emerged ranging from navigation safety to location aware content distribution, intelligent transport, commerce and games. This diversity of applications sets the Vehicular ad Hoc Network (VANET) apart from conventional military and civilian emergency MANETs and does introduce new design challenges. In this talk we review the recently defined VANET standards, introduce emerging vehicular applications and examine the new services they can provide. A representative service scenario is urban sensing: vehicles monitor the environment, classify the events, e.g., license plates, chemical readings, radiation levels, and then generate metadata of what they observed. The metadata in turn can be uploaded to Internet servers or can be kept on board of vehicles to support future services such as forensic harvesting by Authorities.
A recent entry in the vehicular grid is the autonomous, driverless vehicle. The autonomous vehicle poses new challenges to the network, in terms of communications, security and the demand for new services. The notion of VANET Services suggests that the future VANET may be viewed as a mobile Cloud providing services to drivers as well as external customers. In fact the VANET is an important example of a new type of Cloud, the Mobile Computing Cloud (MCC). We will conclude the talk revisiting the VANET applications and services in light of this Mobile Cloud model. We will also address the interoperability between Vehicular Clouds and the Internet Cloud.

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.