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Research Training Group 1487:
"Self-Organized Mobile Communication
Systems for Disaster Scenarios"

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Prof. Mario Gerla: Vehicular Cloud Services

Mr. Mario Gerla (UCLA) will be talking about “Vehicular Cloud Services”. The talk will start at 10 a.m., room 4005 (Zusebau).



New vehicle applications have recently emerge in several areas 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.

The notion of VANET Services suggests that the VANET can be viewed as a mobile service providing Cloud.  In fact the VANET is an important example of a new type of Cloud, the Mobile Computing Cloud (MCC).  The MCC consisting of mobile agents (people, vehicles, robots) that interact and collaborate to sense the environment, process the data, propagate the results and more generally share resources in order to produce mobile services that are not efficiently supported by the Internet CloudIn this talk we will revisit VANET applications and services in light of this Mobile Cloud model. We will also address the cooperation between Vehicular Clouds and the Internet Cloud in the context of a vehicular traffic management application.



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.