Industry Forums

Industry Forums welcome speakers from academia, industry and government. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Wireless Communications and Vehicular Networking
2. Mobile Internet, Mobility Internet and Internet of Things
3. Cooperative Driving, Intelligent and Autonomous Vehicles
4. Automotive Electronics and Automatic Control
5. Transportation and Connected Vehicles
6. Electric Vehicle and Transportation Electrification
7. Geographic, Spatial and Social Information Systems
8. Manufacturing and Product Safety Engineering in Connected Vehicles
9. Practices, Recommendations and Standards in Connected Vehicles
10. Policy, Economics and Social Implications of Connected Vehicles

Please look at the detailed agenda as follows.

9:30-12:00, Dec 14, 2012
Room 307, 3/F, China National Convention Center

Role of ICT in Adoption of Electric Vehicle – Academic View
Dr. Raziq Yaqub, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are propelled by an electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. Electric motors have several advantages over internal combustion engines (ICEs), such as Electric motors convert 75% of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels, whereas ICEs only convert 20% of the energy stored in gasoline. Similarly EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants at all. (Even the power plant producing the electricity may not emit them if electricity is produced from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind energy). However, there are certain issues associated with EVs such as Driving range anxiety (as EVs can only go about 100–200 miles on a single charge), and Recharging Time (as fully recharging the battery can take up to 4 to 8 hours- even a quick charge can take up to 40 min). The talk will explain the benefits of EVs, as well as challenges the EVs are facing today, and will emphasize on how ICT will address these and future challenges, and help large scale adoption of EVs in global market. It will also elucidate the applications and innovations taking place around the globe that will open new technology paths towards energy efficiency, safety, functionality and usability, and will contribute to future of green transportation. This in turn would help large scale acceptance of EVs. The speech will also highlight the global cooperation, the standardization efforts, the Chinese industry efforts (such as BYD’s strategic efforts towards EV batteries) and the intelligent dynamics for fully connected EVs. It would be established that we need automotive and ICT communities side-by-side to seize the opportunities exploiting next generation Machine to Machine Communication, Broadband 4G Architecture, Applications and Services, and Grid Modernization to meet the growing demand for connectivity in cars. It is the vision of the undersigned that the integration of Information Communication Technologies with the EVs, will not only cut emissions and achieve energy efficiency, but will drive the demanded in public and private sector worldwide.

Dr. Yaqub earned a Ph.D. in Wireless Communication from Keio University, Japan, and MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickenson University, NJ. He is an inventor of numerous technologies in the field of 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution), and Smart Grid Technologies. He received “Innovators Award” from the Governor of the State of NJ, USA, through NJ Inventors Hall of Fame, for making extra ordinary contributions through his inventions. Dr. Yaqub remained an Executive Director of Toshiba America Research, Inc. from June 2001 to June 2009, Sr. Consultant to the State of NJ for 700 MHz LTE Public Safety Network. He also developed Industry Requirements for Dept. of Homeland Security for “Govt. Emergency Telecomm Service” for IMS and LTE and led the standardization efforts of these requirements in 3GPP. Realizing that Energy Efficiency demand is on the verge and there is an urgent need of Smart Grid Education for US college graduates, he took initiative to introduce Smart Grid courses for graduate studies in Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), USA. Currently he is working as an Associate Professor at UTC, TN, where he is teaching Smart Grid and Mobile broadband Technologies. His research interests addressed the problems related to Information Communication Technologies (e.g. IP networks, networks discovery, mobility across heterogeneous networks) and Smart Grid (e.g. EV charging, wind generation, smart home energy management, etc.). He submitted 100+ contributions in standards, filed 30+ patents, and published numerous papers in international conferences. He remained working group chair of Mobile Wireless Internet Forum, rapporteur of work items in 3GPP, organizing chair of international events, panelist or panel organizer, visiting professor of HEC, and Chairman IEEE membership Development. He delivered numerous tutorials, key note speeches, and invited talks in international conferences, Universities, and Industries.

Grid-connected Electric Vehicle as Energy Business Enabler
Mikhail SIMONOV & Antonio ATTANASIO, ISMB, Italy,,

Electric Vehicles (EVs) connected to Smart Grid could be abstracted as intermittent nodes of Internet of Things. Intelligent use of the storage capacity offered by ubiquitously distributed EVs could implement energy transfer in space and time. The energy quantities exceeding the demand or those produced at lower costs could be stored and used in different points of time-space (4D). The author presents two business challenges of industrial importance: the optimization of energy in terms of (a) quantity and (b) cost. The authors discuss about new business challenges, and namely (a) making the cheapest mix of kinds of energy (portfoglio) and (b) purchasing the cheapest energy (brokerage).

Mikhail Simonov. Smart grid related Ph.D. from Politecnico di Milano and Computer science M.Sc. from Moscow State University. Multi-disciplinary and cross-sectorial experience in several European Industries, Service companies, and Finance sector. He worked in management consultancy, in private industrial companies and software houses. Project leader and manager for more than 15 years. He performs R&D activities since 1999.
Antonio Attanasio. Researcher at ISMB. Graduated in Computer Engineering with a thesis in Networks and Protocols Modeling, concerning the optimal wireless coverage planning to support VoIP traffic inside galleries. He conducted this activity at the research center CSP in Turin, where he obtained a six month research grant. His main research interests are twofold: (1) modeling of EVs mobility and optimization of electrical energy distribution and (2) study and implementation of infrastructure systems for grid and cloud computing.

Korean-style ITS(Intelligent Transport Systems)
Dr. NamCheol Baik, Research Fellow, Department of Advanced Transport Research, Korea Institute of Construction Technology

This report presents the Current State of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Korea. These intelligent transport systems are easily spotted in various corners of seoul, korea. We feel that One part of South Korea's current ITS is the world's best technology. This is especially true for the transportation cards, BMS (bus management system) and BIS (bus information system). The “Hi-Pass” electronic toll collection (ETC) system was first implemented in 2000. Hi-pass enables drivers that have smartcards and card readers installed in their cars to pass the toll-gate without having to stop and pay. Hi-pass will allow you to check through a toll in just 3 seconds compared to the average 6 seconds. By installing Hi-pass we were able to reduce carbon by 36 thousand tons in 2011. It also helped drivers save on fuel costs.South Korea 's traffic management system was initially behind the U.S. Japan and Europe, which started building their ITS back in the 1980s. But being late to the game has allowed the country to implement the latest technology. The Auto Parking system is an example. This technology parks cars, without the need for a driver.Technology is rapidly advancing on the highway as well. CCTV screens receive pictures without any break-up in the video even if the car is running at 200 kilometers per hour. This is the smart highway tech, which allows drivers to check all the traffic information within a one kilometer radius. And cars can communicate with each other even without a base station. marking the world's first "wireless access in vehicle environment" service.These Korean-style ITS are being adopted in countries such as Mongolia and Azerbaijan. The exports amounting to some 88.5 million dollars. And that number is expected to spike up to 500 million dollars by 2015 - as nations worldwide look to smarten their transportation system.

Dr. Baik is Research Fellow and Team Manager at the Department of Advanced Transport Research at the Korea Institute of Construction Technology (KICT). Amongst his many ITS research interests, Dr. Baik highlights Cooperative Vehicle and Highway-Infrastructure System, Telematics and Transportation Information System, Winter Road Maintenance and Traffic Safety, Travel Convenience of Disabled People and Senior Citizens.

Preparations in the Road Transport Sectors for the 2018 Winter Olympics
HeeCheol Park & NamCheol Baik, Researcher, Department of Advanced Transport Research, Korea Institute of Construction Technology

A key to the success of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018 is a fast and convenient transportation between airports to the venue but also between stadiums and the athletes' village. Therefore, Korea is planning to spare no efforts in contributing to the successful hosting of the world winter sports jubilee in Pyeongchang by mapping out and implementing an effective traffic and transportation plan for the Winter Olympic Games. First of all, we will make every effort to implement four guaranteed projects which the IOC asked the Korean government to complete. The four projects include the construction of a double-line electric railroad between Gangneung and Wonju in Gangwon Province. For the railway sector, the ministry will complete the construction of the railway between Wonju and Kangneung at the end of 2017. Then electric trains will begin to run before the start of the Winter Olympic Games.” The supposed railway between Wonju and Kangneung will be 113.7 kilometers long at a cost of KRW 3,491.1 billion. In the road construction sector, we will improve and expand National Roads no. 6 between Yeongok and Duneung and no. 59 between Jinbu and Najeon and build an interchange for the Winter Olympic Highway. National Road no. 6 will connect Yeongok and Duneung at a cost of KRW 105 billion by mid-2014 while National Road no. 59 will connect Jinbu and Najeonk at a cost of KRW 117.5 billion by 2016. The ministry is planning to complete the construction of the interchange for the Winter Olympic Highway by 2017 by investing KRW 31.2 billion. And we will expand the ITS to cover roads across the Winter Olympic Highway. We will improve traffic information by building a system that shares various traffic and road information such as detours, accidents among highways and national roads.

HeeCheol Park is System Manager of ITS center for the provincial road and highway which will be hold 2018 Winter Olympic.
NamCheol Baik is Research Fellow and Team Manager at the Department of Advanced Transport Research at the Korea Institute of Construction Technology (KICT). Amongst his many ITS research interests, Dr Baik highlights Cooperative Vehicle and Highway-Infrastructure System, Telematics and Transportation Information System, Winter Road Maintenance and Traffic Safety, Travel Convenience of Disabled People and Senior Citizens.

mmWave 60-GHz for Mobile Cellular Networks (Multi-Gigabit Transmission as Backhaul and Offloading)
Dr. Ming Lei, Department Head, NEC Laboratories China

Millimeter-wave (mmWave) technologies in the 60-GHz frequency band have been receiving a lot of attention recently and seen as a solution to realize the multi-Gigabit data transmission unprecedented in wireless communications. The unlicensed spectrum available (or partially available) in the 57-66 GHz band in the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China and other countries promises sufficient capacity to support such ultra-high data rates. 60-GHz is especially attractive in mobile cellular networks where the traffic has been undergoing exploding growth. 60-GHz can play two important roles in a cellular network: backhaul and offloading. In the first part of this presentation, we will discuss 60-GHz as mobile backhaul for small cells, and in the second part, we will introduce 60-GHz WPAN / WLAN as being an important offloading measure. The key technologies involved in 60-GHz will be well covered in this presentation.

Ming Lei received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from BUPT (Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications) in 2003. From April 2003 to February 2008, he was a research scientist with the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan, where he contributed to Japan’s national projects on 4G mobile communications (MIRAI projects) and IEEE standardization of 60-GHz multi-gigabit WPAN (IEEE 802.15.3c). From March 2008 to May 2009, he was a project lead with Intel Corporation, where he contributed to the standardization of WiGig (60-GHz WPAN), IEEE 802.11ad (60-GHz WLAN) and IEEE 802.16m (mobile WiMAX). Since May 2009, he has been with NEC Laboratories China, NEC Corporation, as the department head managing the wireless research & standardization projects on 4G cellular mobile communications, 60-GHz, mobile backhaul and so on. Dr. Ming Lei was elected to IEEE Senior Member in 2009.

14:00-16:30, Dec 14, 2012
Room 307, 3/F, China National Convention Center

Smarter Mobility Innovation driven by Data Analysis
Jun Zhu, Senior Manager and Chief Architect, Smarter Mobility and IoT Application, IBM Research - China, Shanghai, IBM Master Inventor

Client requirements and technology trends are driving fundamental changes in the Automobile and Smart Traffic industry, and hence triggers the research in IBM around "Smarter Mobility" that aims at developing smart industry solutions on top of the massive data capturing vital properties of moving objects (vehicle, people, ……). Those data set cab be utilized by the stakeholders to better control, plan, forecast and optimize their transportation related activities and businesses. In this presentation, the background and business/technical trends of "Smarter Mobility" are introduced in depth, followed by an overview of the mobility analytics research framework that summaries the major technical challenges and research directions. Several case studies are introduced to fully demonstrate the significance of the mobility data analytics. One of the case studies is in the connected vehicle field that focuses on leveraging data for optimized management of commercial fleets from fuel consumption, driving behavior and route management perspectives, and the second case study is in the smarter traffic field that shows how data analysis and simulation technologies can help optimize city's bus route network layout and enable innovative value added services. (i.e.,target advertisement)

Mr. Zhu is the Senior Manager and Chief Architect for Smarter Mobility and IoT Application in IBM Research - China at Shanghai. He received his bachelor and master degree from Shanghai JiaoTong University and then joined IBM Research in Beijing. His research interests include: business modeling and analytics, service and software engineering, massive data analytics and optimization especially for industries like automobile and transportation and etc. He is now leading a group of 20 researchers and engineers from IBM to develop and deploy advanced connected vehicle solutions through closely collaboration with a number of automobile OEM, service providers and Universities. Mr. Zhu is an IBM Master Inventor. He has published more than 50 papers, and filed more than 50 US and China patents. Mr. Zhu has been an IBM worldwide Research Strategy committee member to formulate the overall IBM Research strategy.

Big Data Processing Platform for Large Scale Connected Vehicles
Sheng Huang, IBM Research-China

With the emergence and proliferation of Connected Vehicles, more and more sensor devices are deployed on the vehicles to provide enterprises, cities and individuals with better vehicle-data-based services. This leads to the challenge of efficient management on massive sensor data. A high performance and scalable big data processing platform is expected to not only support Connected Vehicles data collection, massive messages pub-sub, real time high volume/velocity sensor data archiving, real time data processing and historical data query & analytics, but also ease innovation services development. In this presentation, we will present the Big Data Processing Platform with the following three key components: (1) Application Gateway, which handles tens of thousands collections, supporting 1 million level message/second pub-sub (2) Streams, which provides on the fly analysis over high volume/velocity streaming data within millisecond response time, (3) Real Time Operational Database, which supports real time archiving in 1 million level sensor data points/second and also efficient query/analytics to years of historical data. We will also show how the three key components are orchestrated together to address the key challenges of data processing capacity in large scale connected vehicles.

Sheng Huang graduated from DB research group Fudan University in 2007 and then joined IBM research - China. Sheng Huang focused on database related projects in CRL, and now the research lead of IBM IoT infrastructure. His current research interests are in data management area, including real time data management and big data/No-SQL database. He published 10+ papers in the field of web search, data management, web service, software engineering data mining, including Pic-Top conference papers like OOPSLA, WWW, ICSE, ICWS, etc and Journal Papers like JWSR, JCST.

Development of high-speed V2I and V2V communication technology for ubiquitous vehicular network
Dr. Yong-Yao Yang, Zhejiang Supcon Information Co., Ltd.

Telematics and fleet management are among the most important applications in transportation using telecom ubiquitous network. Telematics can provide effective wide area network communication in vehicular environment based on TCPIP protocol, coupled with GPS technology it can deliver real-time traffic information, vehicle navigation, entertainment, rescue and many other services. However, Telematics, which is based on commercial network such as GPRS and 3G, is ineffective in local area network communication between vehicles, due to fast movement and random behavior of the involving vehicles. Schemes using temporary network configuration based on vehicle position to cater for LAN communication are often too complicated.With the WAVE/DSRC standard, an end-to-end vehicle communication LAN can be established more quickly, but the network framework and implementation are copvery complex. The WAVE/DSRC standard aims to establish a standalone network for vehicle communication, so the advantage of existing commercial communication network is not exploited and many WAVE functionalities become redundant in a ubiquitous network environment. We have proposed an effective LAN communication scheme and incorporate the commercial mobile communication to form a novel ubiquitous vehicular network. Our LAN communication scheme is built on the WAVE’s control channel (CCH) communication mode to implement simplified short message (WSM) communication. The preliminary test results in typical transportation environment are encouraging, with reliable data transmission up to 1000 meters and impressive data bandwidth. It should be able to support applications such as connected vehicle coordination, active vehicle safety and real-time video transmission.

Dr Yong-Yao Yang received the BSc degree in Automation of Chemical Processes in 1982, the MSc degree in Industrial Control in 1985, and the PhD degree in Control Engineering in 1988 from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He was an associated professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Zhejiang University between 1988 to 1993, and a senior research fellow in the Department of Automatic Control and System Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK between 1993 to 2011. Dr Yang is currently the Deputy Chief Engineer of Zhejiang SUPCON Information Co. Ltd., and Vice Chief Engineer of Zhejiang SUPCON Technology Co. Ltd., Hangzhou, China. His current research interests include neural network and fuzzy system; Genetic algorithm and evolutional computing; Data modeling and data mining; Advanced control theory and application; Information technology, intelligent transportation system and Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems. Dr Yang is a senior system engineering scientist and engineer with a wide range of experience in research and development in advanced control and information technology for various applications. He has led some major national research projects in both the United Kingdom and China, published over 90 research papers and won several provincial, ministerial and national awards for his achievements.

Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication System through Wi-Fi Direct Network using Android Smartphone
Yao-Hsin Chou, National Chi-Nan University

We proposed an inter-vehicle communication system operating on android smartphone using Wi-Fi in this project in order to substitute 802.11p onboard unit (OBU) before it’s widespread on modern vehicles. Experiment results shows that our system can not only be easily install to any android devices (android 2.2 and above) but also more suitable for vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) scenario than other systems. Furthermore, it can be integrated into and cooperated with other related smartphone applications. Smartphone users can switch their devices to a VANET OBU, which will automatically broadcast an emergency message to inform its neighbor vehicles when it detected an accident happened. Although our system can only communicate with other vehicles those within 50 to 60 meters in the rear filed test, we believes that 30ms for a round trip delay time for one hop can still provide a temporary alternative solution for 802.11p V2V communication. Our system can not only alternate current proposed WAVE/DSRC (802.11p) OBU before it’s widespread on every consumer vehicles but also can acquire V2V and V2I communications.

Yao-Hsin Chou is an associate professor at the department of computer science and information engineering of National Chi-Nan University. His current research interests include network security, evolutionary computation and quantum information science.

Beyond IEEE 802.11p/WAVE (CSMA-CA considered inappropriate for safety-critical inter-vehicular communications)
Gerard Le Lann, INRIA, France

In agreement with many experts, we have pointed at a severe weakness of the CSMA-CA protocol embodied in the IEEE 802.11p/WAVE standard, namely the impossibility of predicting guaranteed time bounds for successful radio channel access and message transmissions. Various MAC protocols such as location-based or space division based protocols rest on assuming that different vehicles in proximate neighborhood necessarily compute different positioning coordinates, either at the same time or at times approximately equal. This amounts to assuming that space coordinates, as provided by GPS or any other geopositioning technology, are extremely accurate and always available to a vehicle. Since safety mandates making the opposite assumption, such protocols cannot be considered for the handling of safety-critical maneuvers in future networks of cooperative and automated vehicles. Following an exposition of these concerns, we shall present two classes of “deterministic” MAC protocols that guarantee the existence of time bounds for channel access delays in the presence of highest traffic density (hence highest radio channel contention), whatever the assumptions regarding velocities and space coordinates inaccuracy. Business opportunities will also be discussed.

Dr. Gerard Le Lann holds French degrees, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics, an Engineering Degree in Computer Science (both from the University of Toulouse) and a Ph.D in Computer Science (University of Rennes). His main areas of research are distributed dependable computing and networking, real-time computing and networking, safety-critical systems and, more recently, mobile wireless safety-critical systems and networks. At Stanford University (1973-74), working with Professor Vint Cerf, he was involved in the design of what became known as the Internet TCP/IP protocol. In 1977, he published one of the founding papers on distributed fault-tolerant computing. Later on, he co-patented a deterministic version of the Ethernet protocol, which became a French Navy standard. More recently, he has published papers on safety-critical time bounded communications in intelligent vehicular networks, and has started work on cyber-energy transition. In 2012, G. Le Lann has received the Willis Lamb Prize from the French Academy of Sciences for his work applicable to defense systems.Besides its affiliation with INRIA, G. Le Lann is an international consultant. He has conducted a number of audits and managed more than 50 contracts in his research areas, for US, European, and French organizations and companies.

9:30-12:00, Dec 15, 2012
Room 307, 3/F, China National Convention Center

A new fail-safe principle for railway signaling
Yinghua Min, Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Fail-safe principle is critical for railway signaling systems. Railway accidents teach us the importance of signaling safety. A number of decades ago when relays were widely used in railway signaling systems, the fail-safe principle said that railway signaling had to guarantee the safety when any element in the system was faulty, including signals degraded running. For instance, the system commands a red signal if the track circuit is faulty, no matter a train is running in its forward interval or not. Nowadays with the advance of electronics control system, the principle is no longer practical. Since the electronic system is too complicated that there is no way to exhaustively consider all possible element faults. This paper presents a new principle, what so called the shortest signal path for fail-safe, which guarantees the highest reliability in critical situations when fault occurs in the system.

YINGHUA MIN graduated from Mathematics Department of Jilin University in 1962, and worked with China Academy of Railway Sciences in 1962-1987. He has visited Stanford and other universities in the US for years since 1981 and has been working on fault-tolerant computing and microelectronics testing. He is now an emeritus professor of Computer science at Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a member of IEEE CS Fellow Committee and numerous program committees of IEEE international conferences, the general co-chair of IEEE ATS'98 in Singapore and IEEE PRDC'99 in Hong Kong. He received the meritorious service award from IEEE Computer Society in 2001. His current research interests include electronic testing, dependable computing, software reliability, and networking.
He is a Fellow of IEEE, and a golden core member of IEEE CS.

Train-to-Train (T2T) Communications
Bo Ai, Beijing Jiaotong University, State Key Lab of Rail Traffic Control and Safety

High-speed rail (HSR) has been developing rapidly in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China and Japan. The maximum business operation speed of HSR in most countries is around 320km/h. To improve the operation reliability of HSR, the Automatic Train Control (ATC), Automatic Train Operation (ATO), and Automated Train Protection (ATP) systems have been developed. All these systems rely on communication based train control systems, meaning that the communication between train and ground should resort to the rail track circuits or GSM for railway (GSM-R) wireless network. High quality equipment for rail track circuits or many base stations for GSM-R should be established. To further improve the operation reliability and efficiency of HSR, train-to-train (T2T) communications may be another good choice for the train control data transmission. In this presentation, the history and the latest research progress of T2T communications have been introduced. This can be regarded as another special form of connected vehicular and an effective auxiliary measure to guarantee the operation safety of HSR.

Bo Ai, a professor and advisor of Ph. D. candidates in Beijing Jiaotong University. He is a deputy director of State Key Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety, an assistant director of Modern Communication Research Institute. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics and an editorial committee member of Wireless Personal Communications. He has authored/co-authored 6 books, 26 invention patents and 130 scientific research papers in his research area till now. His current interests are the research and applications OFDM techniques, HPA linearization techniques, radio propagation and channel modeling, GSM-R and LTE-R systems. He is an IEEE Senior member and a senior member of Electronics Institute of China (CIE).

Future lightning-caused rail disasters can now be eliminated: Introduction to a new Lightning Detection, Tracking, & Warning System for High Speed Railway Control Systems
Bruce Glushakow, China Representative of MCG Electronics Inc. and TBI International Ltd.

Last year a lightning storm caused a malfunction on China’s high-speed rail system outside of Wenzhou resulting in a train wreck that killed 40 people and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The incident was not unique—the previous month lightning had twice knocked out portions of the Beijing – Shanghai high-speed rail line.Many “reasons” have been proffered to explain the tragedy, but the simplicity is that the China Train Control System (CTCS) has no function that can detect or provide warnings of lightning events on its system. That is also true of the ETCS (European Train Control System) on which the Chinese system is based. My presentation will introduce a new lightning threat detection and warning system, based on patented proven technology, that can track multiple lightning storms at a range of 120 km, calculate their approach and give accurate time of arrival predictions (within 1 km) and communicate this data instantaneously to central and local control centers as well as directly to the cabs of every train in the threatened area.

Member of IEEE.
Has worked with MCG Electronics Inc. (Deer Park, New York) for 15 years as its China Representative.
Has contributed peer-reviewed articles to various professional and industrial journals on the subject of lightning surge protection.
Has appeared and spoken at International congresses and conferences on the subject of lightning protection.
Is currently working with TBI International (Tampa, Florida) to provide its lightning detection and warning system to high speed rail lines.

Predictable and Real-Time Wireless Communication for Networked Vehicle Control
Hongwei Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Wayne State University

Transforming the traditional, single-vehicle-based safety and efficiency control, next-generation vehicles will be controlled based on their interactions with one another and their interactions with the infrastructure as well as the environment. One basic enabler for this vision of networked vehicle control is for the vehicles, the transportation infrastructures, and the Cloud to exchange real-time sensing and control information through vehicular wireless networks. Inheriting the basic designs of WiFi which was not developed for real-time control, however, the existing vehicular wireless networking technology DSRC/IEEE-802.11p cannot ensure predictable, real-time information delivery. Our study has found out that, when the sensing sampling rate and thus the load of information exchange is high, the current DSRC technology may not even be able to ensure an information delivery ratio of 40%. In this talk, I will present the specific scientific challenges in enabling predictable, real-time vehicular wireless networking, and I will present the state-of-art approaches to addressing these challenges, including cutting edge research currently being pursued by the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Transportation, and the US automotive industry.

Hongwei Zhang received his Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from The Ohio State University in 2006, and he is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His work explores new theories, methods, and systems building-blocks that address dynamics and uncertainties in networked systems that involve wireless networks, sensor networks, embedded networks, and the Internet. Presently, with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry (e.g., Ford Research and GM Research), he is especially interested in the modeling, algorithmic, and systems issues in wireless, vehicular, sensor, control, and embedded networks. For instance, with support from the NSF CAREER program and the NSF CPS program, his group investigate field-deployable mechanisms for reliable, real-time, and secure wireless networking, and they investigate cross-layer approaches to taming cyber-physical uncertainties in wireless networked sensing and control; as a part of the NSF GENI program, they develop the theoretical and systems foundations for experimentation and service provisioning in federated, networked sensing. His work have been published in premier journals/conferences in networking, distributed computing, real-time systems, and dependable systems. His papers have been selected as a Spotlight Paper of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) and a Best Paper Candidate for IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP) in 2010. his work have also provided foundational components for several wireless network systems, including the WiMAX research network, the KanseiGenie federated sensor networks, the NetEye experimental infrastructure (which has 176 IEEE 802.15.4 nodes and 15 802.11b/g nodes), and the DARPA sensor network systems A Line in the Sand and ExScal (which, with its 200-node 802.11b mesh network and 1,200-node mote network, was the world's largest wireless sensor network and 802.11b mesh network deployed at its time). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. More information about his work can be found from his website at

Time Synchronization for Connected Vehicles – A Blueprint
Rajendra Nath Datta, Director, Strategy, CTO Office, Symmetricom, Inc.

Precise, robust and reliable time synchronization is an essential requirement to enable some of the key features in the connected vehicle of the future. Accurate time would aid and enhancing position determination, orientation and navigation for the vehicle. In addition, there are other more interesting applications that could be realized when vehicles are reliably time synchronized.Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are available most of the time, but complete vehicular dependence on GNSS based positioning only would impact the operation of vehicles in areas where GNSS was not available or disrupted. In addition, accurate time, when combined with other inertial navigation and communication systems can not only aid in positioning, but can also be used as a predictive system, which could then be used as the basis for proactive avoidance as well as alarming triggers. Future applications for efficient coordinated and cooperative driving and automated control can become easier to implement with the existence of accurate time synchronization.To design an accurate, robust and reliable system, multiple technologies for time synchronization must be optimally combined. This paper presents a blueprint for implementing such a system.

Rajendra N. Datta (Rajen) is the Director of Strategy, CTO Office, Symmetricom. He leads strategic initiatives for new areas for growth and investment, guiding areas of technology development for emerging and future applications. Prior to this role, Mr. Datta led the Embedded product line at Symmetricom, as well as several other roles in marketing and business development. Mr. Datta worked in various roles and capacities at AT&T Bell Labs (later Lucent, Bell Labs). Later, he founded and led eBiz Automation Inc., designer of infrastructure systems for e-commerce, as CEO until it was acquired by SpinCircuit (later acquired by Cadence). Mr. Datta holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Management of Technology from the Wharton School of Business and Moore School of Eng, University of Pennsylvania.

14:00-16:30, Dec 15, 2012
Room 307, 3/F, China National Convention Center



广东工业大学自动化学院教授,博士生导师,国家杰出青年科学基金、国家自然科学二等奖获得者、教育部创新团队学科带头人。现任智能信息处理研究所所长,广东省物联网信息技术重点实验室主任、广东省物联网共性技术研发工程中心主任、IEEE高级会员;兼任广东省物联网信息技术与产业化省部产学研创新联盟理事长、中国数字家庭产业联盟协会副会长、中国软件协会信息家电专业委员会副主任委员、广东省RFID标准技术委员会副主任委员、广东省自动化学会副理事长、《IEEE Trans. NNSY》副主编、《控制理论与应用》副主编。1993年被湖北省政府授予“湖北省有突出贡献的中青年专家”称号,1996年被选拔为湖北省首批“跨世纪学科带头人”,1998年入选广东省“千百十人才工程”省级学科带头人培养对象,2004年入选广东省“千百十人才工程”国家级培养对象。2002年获教育部“跨世纪优秀人才基金”,同年被教育部授予“全国高校优秀骨干教师”称号,2003年获国家杰出青年科学基金。2007年遴选为“教育部创新团队”学科带头人。2009年获国家自然科学奖二等奖(第一完成人)。长期从事通信、控制、信号处理领域的教学与研究工作。主要研究方向是智能信息处理、无线通信与网络、多媒体传输、射频识别等。先后主持科技部重大基础研究前期专项、国家自然科学基金重点项目、粤港重大领域关键技术突破招标项目、教育部创新团队、广东省自然科学创新团队、科技部十一五支撑计划(子课题)、973(子课题)项目等20多项国家级、省部级科研项目,并获6项省部级科技奖励(其中一等奖3项)、两次获得广东省教学成果一等奖。发表论文100多篇,被SCI收录80多篇,申请发明专利46项(已授权22项),在科学出版社、清华大学出版社等出版专著4部,参与制订家庭网络国家标准9项(其中3项为牵头单位),主持制定广东省地方标准2项。