PhD Seminar Course on

Vehicular Ad Hoc Network and Applications

Cagliari, October, 11-22, 2010

This activity was made possible by the "Visiting Professors 2010" program of the University of Cagliari, sponsored by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia
Instructor: Giovanni Pau, Research Scientist
Department of Computer Science
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
3803A Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA, USA 90095-1596
Ph: +1 (310) 206 3212
Fax: +1 (310) 825 7578
e-mail: gpau@cs dot ucla dot edu
Duration: 20 h

Course schedule:

  • Monday 11 October, 9-13
  • Wednesday 13 October 9-13
  • Monday 18 October 9-13
  • Wednesday 20 October 9-13
  • Friday 22 October 9-13

Meeting Room,
Building B of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (DIEE)


Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANETs) are the first practical step towards the deployment of urban ad hoc networks. WiFi enabled smart devices will provide the first  platform for a field deployment of vehicular applications and protocols. As standards are established, OEM based WiFi deployments will be replaced by Dynamic Short Range Communication (DSRC) radios that comply with the upcoming IEEE802.11p standard. Early applications are likely to use simple vehicle-to-vehicle content dissemination protocols, or one-hop vehicle-to-infrastructure networking. However, multi-hop routing protocols for these vehicular networks will be feasible as the density of devices increases. These networks can be characterized as being highly mobile with frequent partitioning. A major challenge is that many existing routing protocols have difficulty discovering and maintain routes in such environments. Similarly, current transport level protocols as well as user applications are not designed for such harsh environment and a partial redesign is necessary to operate in-vehicle.

In this course we introduce the challenges and opportunities of vehicular networks in urban areas. In particular we will analyze the mobility, the propagation, the routing, and the applications in VANETS. We will also explore the close relations between Vehicular networks and opportunistic networks.

Assessment: Written test

Luigi Atzori, Assistant Professor of Communications
Dep. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Cagliari, Italy