Tutorial on Vehicular Networking

To stay at the forefront of innovation, research into vehicular networking has become a must for established automotive manufacturers and OEMs and, by extension, academia. It is driven by early positive results as an application of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs), inspired by the advent of autonomous vehicles on our roads, and backed by massive investments from the automotive industry. Finally, it is very much fueled by the most recent U.S. NHTSA press release to now prepare rulemaking for mandating cooperative vehicles: cars as members of a vehicular network.
This has caused a major influx of researchers from industry and academia all over the world into a field that is immensely complex. Getting into this field has proven very challenging for the many newcomers and submissions to journals and conferences alike are ripe with “beginners’ mistakes” – some rooted in common misconceptions of wireless networks in general, many a repeat of early mistakes in applying wireless networking techniques to highly mobile networks, and even more simply ignoring current best practices in vehicular networking research. This goes for systems engineering just like for experimental and simulative performance evaluation.
The tutorial is intended for newcomers, looking to get a quick start in this complex field; researchers from other fields of CS and ECE looking to tap into available funding and discover synergies with this rapidly growing field; practitioners who want to stay on top of current and future developments.
Detailed outline:
  • Vision of vehicular networking and a 10,000 foot overview of involved players
  • Autonomous vehicles, cooperative vehicles, and the way forward
  • A trip back in history; the commonalities and differences of ad hoc and vehicular networking
  • The bouquet of past, current, and future wireless technologies
  • Basic approaches, system architectures, and designs
  • Information dissemination concepts, pitfalls, and current best practices
  • Standardization efforts in Europe, Japan, and the U.S., from access layers to full protocol stacks
  • The tension between efficiency, security, and privacy
  • Current trends and the future of vehicular networking
  • Field tests and experiments
  • The state of the art in simulative performance evaluation: models, scenarios, metrics

Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sommer
Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sommer
Dr.-Ing. Christoph Sommer
Christoph Sommer is an Assistant Professor (AkadR a.Z.) at the University of Paderborn, joining the Distributed Embedded Systems Group in 2014. He received his Ph.D. degree in engineering (Dr.-Ing., with distinction) and his M.Sc. degree in computer science (Dipl.-Inf. Univ.) from the University of Erlangen in 2011 and 2006, respectively. In 2010, he was a visiting scholar with the research group of Ozan K. Tonguz at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In 2012, he was a visiting scholar with the research group of Mario Gerla at the Computer Science Department of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Until 2014, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Computer and Communication Systems Group at the University of Innsbruck.
In terms of community service in the field of wireless and vehicular networks, he is active as member of the ACM/Springer Wireless Networks (WINET) editorial board focusing on vehicular and highly mobile networks, as a general chair of the IEEE/IFIP WONS 2014 wireless networks conference, as TPC chair in past and current conferences and workshops on vehicular networking, and as co-founder of the GI/ITG KuVS Fachgespräch Inter-Vehicle Communication (FG-IVC) series on vehicular networking.