[PAST EVENT] Colloquium: Taking VANET to the Clouds

November 16, 2012
10am - 11am
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 334
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
The dawn of the 21st century has seen a growing interest in vehicular networking and its myriad potential applications. The initial view of practitioners and researchers was that radio-equipped vehicles could keep the drivers informed about potential safety risks and increase their awareness of road conditions. The view then expanded to include access to the Internet and associated services. In this talk we promote a novel and more comprehensive vision; we posit that advances in vehicular networks, embedded devices, and cloud computing will enable the formation of autonomous clouds of vehicular cyber-physical resources to include computation, communication, sensing, power, among myriad others.

Hence, we coined the term, Vehicular Cloud (VC). A key feature distinguishing VCs from conventional cloud computing is that mobile VC on-board resources can be pooled dynamically to serve authorized users and to enable autonomy in real-time service sharing and management. Furthermore, we envision that the integration of VCs with ubiquitous smart infrastructures including intelligent transportation systems, smart cities, and smart electric power grids, will have an enormous societal impact enabling ubiquitous utility cyber-physical services at the right place, right time, and with right-sized resources.


Professor Olariu received his BSc, MSc and PhD in Computer Science from McGill University. Over the years he has held many different roles and responsibilities as a member of numerous organizations and teams. Much of his experience has been with the design and implementation of robust protocols for wireless networks and in particular sensor networks and their applications. Professor Olariu is applying mathematical modeling and analytical frameworks to the resolution of problems ranging from securing communications, to predicting the behavior of complex systems, to evaluating performance of wireless networks. His research interests are in the area of complex intelligent systems enabled by large-scale deployments of sensors and actors and more specifically in securing systems of systems.

Professor Olariu is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Computers, Networks, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Journal of Ad hoc and Sensor Networks, and Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems.

Department of Computer Science