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The Bright Future of Network-Connected Vehicles


Liviu Iftode
(Associate Professor of Computer Science, Rutgers University)


Samir Das (Associate Professor of Computer Science, SUNY at Stony Brook)
Mario Gerla (Professor of Computer Science, UCLA)
Max Kicherer (Senior Development Engineer, BMW Group Technology Office)
Jim Misener (Research Leader, Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH), UC Berkeley)
Raj Rajkumar (Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, CMU)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007
1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Biography of Panelists:

Dr. Samir R. Das

Dr. Samir R. Das is currently an associate professor in the Computer Science Department in the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. His research focuses on wireless networking and mobile computing ¨C particularly protocols and performance issues. Samir Das received the U.S. National Science FoundationĄ¯s CAREER award in 1998. He has been a speaker in the Distinguished Visitor program of the IEEE Computer Society during 2001-03. He co-chaired the program committees for the ACM MobiHoC in 2001and ACM MobiCom in 2004. He also co-chaired the IEEE Wireless Mesh Networking (WiMesh) Workshop in 2006. He has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM/Kluwer Wireless Networks Journal and Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks journal. His research group has received the best paper award in ACM Mobisys in 2007 for their work on new technologies for vehicular Internet access. His web page is at http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/~samir.

Dr. Mario Gerla

Dr. Mario Gerla, Professor, UCLA, Computer Science Dept. Dr Gerla is one of the Pioneers of the ARPANET, with over 35 year of experience in Computer and Communications Networks. Dr. Gerla received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1970 and 1973. He became IEEE Fellow in 2002. At UCLA, he was part of a small team that developed the early ARPANET protocols under the guidance of Prof. Leonard Kleinrock. He worked at Network Analysis Corporation, New York, from 1973 to 1976, transferring the ARPANET technology to several Government and Commercial Networks. He joined the Faculty of the Computer Science Department at UCLA in 1976, where he is now Professor. At UCLA he has designed and implemented some of the most popular and cited network protocols for ad hoc wireless networks including distributed clustering, multicast (ODMRP and CODE Cast) and transport (TCPW) under DARPA and NSF grants. He has lead the $12M, 6 year ONR MINUTEMAN project, designing the next generation scalable airborne Internet for tactical and homeland defense scenarios. He is now leading two advanced wireless network projects under ARMY and IBM funding. In the vehicular network scenario, with NSF and Industry sponsorship, he has led the development of peer to peer applications for safe navigation, urban sensing and location aware applications (see http://www.cs.ucla.edu/NRL for recent publications).


Max Kicherer is currently a senior development engineer at the BMW Group Technology Office USA in Palo Alto, CA, a position he has held since March 2005. His activities have included scouting and prototyping in the fields of wired and wireless communication systems. Currently he is the technical project lead for BMWs activities in the VII Consortium. Prior to his current assignment Mr. Kicherer worked at BMW Group Headquarters in Munich, Germany. After joining BMW in December of 2002 he worked in the wiring harness department on advanced and series development projects. His responsibilities included consortial work on the MOST(tm) and FlexRay(tm) communication systems. Max Kicherer graduated from the University of Ulm, Germany, in August of 1999 as a Dipl. Phys. Subsequently he worked as a scientific research assistant in the Department of Optoelectronics at the University of Ulm. His research there was focused on high speed optical data transmission elements like vertical cavity lasers.


Mr. Jim Misener

Jim Misener is the Transportation Safety Research Leader at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, a program with over twenty-five safety-related projects. In his twelve years at PATH, he has led numerous Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects at PATH, with sponsorship from US DOT (FHWA, FTA, FMCSA), Caltrans and various vehicle manufacturers. Recently, Mr. Misener has led a large-scale integrated research effort focused on vehicle-infrastructure integration, and in areas of traffic management, traveler information as well as safety.

Mr. Misener is a member of IEEE (Intelligent Transportation Section), SAE (Dedicated Short Range Technical Committee, Digitial Map Subcommittee Chair), SPIE and is an active member of the TRB Vehicle Highway Automation Committee. Mr. Misener serves on the ITS America Automotive, Telematics and Consumer Electronics Advisory Board and is the Northern California Section vice chair of the ITS California Board of Directors. Jim has recently served as a safety special edition editor for the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems. Mr. Misener obtained a BS from UCLA and a MS from USC and has been a United States Air Force officer. Prior to working at PATH, Jim has researched electronic countermeasures and on combat vehicles and rocket exhaust plume observables.

Dr. Raj Rajkumar

Dr. Raj Rajkumar (TBA)


Biography of Moderator:

Dr. Liviu Iftode

Dr. Liviu Iftode is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1998. His research interests include distributed systems, operating systems, vehicular networks, mobile and pervasive computing. He is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society and a member of the ACM. Liviu Iftode is the vice-chair of IEEE Technical Committee on Operating Systems and a member of the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing. In the area of vehicular computing, Dr. Iftode led the TrafficView research project, one of the first traffic monitoring and warning system based on cat-to-car communication, and is a co-author of VITP (Vehicular Information Transfer Protocol). More information can be found at http://www.cs.rutgers.edu/~iftode/.