Special Issue "Vehicular Communications and Networking"


A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Esteban Egea-López
Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Technical University of Cartagena, Plaza del Hospital 2, 30202, Cartagena, Spain
E-Mail: esteban.egea@upct.es
Phone: +34 968326553
Fax: +34 968325973
Interests: vehicular communications; wireless networks; medium access protocols; resource allocation

Guest Editor
Dr. Juan J. Alcaraz
Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Technical University of Cartagena, Plaza del Hospital 2, 30202, Cartagena, Spain
E-Mail: juan.alcaraz@upct.es
Phone: +34 968326544
Fax: +34 968325973
Interests: vehicular communications; wireless networks; medium access protocols; resource allocation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Significant efforts are being carried out by industry, academia and public agencies to improve driving safety, provide travel assistance, increase vehicle traffic efficiency and decrease fuel consumption by exploiting vehicular communications and networking technologies. These technologies, which are generally referred to as VANET (Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks) or by the more general term VCS (Vehicular Communication Systems), include vehicle-to-infrastructure, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and can be based on short- and medium-range communication as well as on cellular systems. The development and deployment of VCS are also considered one of the most critical issues for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) industry.
This special issue seeks for contributions addressing technical and research issues, development projects, standardization activities, and field trials on VCS technologies and applications. Contributions can be of theoretical or practical nature, original results or state-of-the-art surveys of interest to the VCS community, focused on communication issues or on applications. Manuscripts from both academia and industry professionals are welcomed.
This special issue also publishes extended versions of selected papers from VECON 2012 (2nd International Workshop on Vehicular Communications and Networking, http://ait.upct.es/vecon2012/), held in conjunction with WiMob 2012 (8th IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications).

Dr. Esteban Egea-López
Dr. Juan J. Alcaraz
Guest Editors

The workshop website is available at: http://ait.upct.es/vecon2012/


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  • VCS standardization activities and government policies
  • Architectures and protocols for VCS
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Cross-layer design and optimization for vehicular networks
  • Medium access control in VCS
  • Resource allocation in VCS
  • Safety applications of VCS
  • Simulation issues for VCS
  • Mobility and vehicular traffic models
  • Vehicular Traffic Management
  • VCS technologies for fuel efficiency and reduced emissions
  • Security, encryption and privacy for vehicular systems
  • Performance, scalability, reliability and efficiency of VCS
  • Human-machine interaction in VCS
  • Driving assistance and comfort applications
  • Networking aspects of VCS
  • QoS and real-time support in VCS
  • Physical layer aspects of the vehicular wireless link
  • Cognitive radio in VCS
  • Delay-tolerant techniques for VCS
  • Deployment issues in VCS
  • Real-world experiences and testbeds

Published Papers (5 papers)

by ,  and
Future Internet 2013, 5(4), 535-567; doi:10.3390/fi5040535
Received: 6 June 2013; in revised form: 8 August 2013 / Accepted: 28 August 2013 / Published: 31 October 2013
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by  and
Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 439-459; doi:10.3390/fi5030439
Received: 2 July 2013; in revised form: 19 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 28 August 2013
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by , , ,  and
Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 398-428; doi:10.3390/fi5030398
Received: 1 March 2013; in revised form: 14 June 2013 / Accepted: 5 July 2013 / Published: 5 August 2013
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by , , , , ,  and
Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 317-335; doi:10.3390/fi5030317
Received: 1 March 2013; in revised form: 7 May 2013 / Accepted: 5 June 2013 / Published: 27 June 2013
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by ,  and
Future Internet 2013, 5(1), 1-20; doi:10.3390/fi5010001
Received: 7 November 2012; in revised form: 6 December 2012 / Accepted: 19 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Advances in the Analysis of Urban VANETs: Scalable Integration of RADII in a Network Simulator
Authors: Riccardo M. Scopigno, Hector Agustin Cozzetti, Luca Pilosu, Francesco Fileppo
Affiliation: Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, Italy
Abstract:Simulations still play primary roles in the study of vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs): due to lack of massive experimental data, involving a large number of nodes, simulations are the only way to test protocols’ scalability, in several scenarios, so as to predict their possible misbehaviors. Simulators subtend models and simplifications: as a matter of fact, a realistic, effective and computationally efficient description of wireless propagation, especially in urban areas involving large obstructions, still represents an open issue. Such a model would require the interaction with 3D urban topologies (as achieved by ray-tracing techniques) and the scalable integration with network simulators, so to avoid a cumbersome combination of the already heavy blocks (simulators of propagation and of networks). This paper presents a ray-tracing methodology (called RADII - RAy-tracing Data Interpolation and Interfacing) which can be integrated in NS-2 (or other platform) in a straightforward way; the integration of RADII fills this gap towards realistic urban simulations in any possible topology (not just square angles). The relevance of the approach is discussed through the interpretation of the results achieved on two different MAC protocols for VANETs, through the comparative analysis of results achieved enabling and disabling this feature.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Physical-Layer Network Coding based on Integer-Forcing Precoded Compute and Forward
Authors: Smrati Gupta, Maria-Angeles Vázquez-Castro
Affiliation: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Abstract: In this paper, a novel precoding technique is proposed for implementing Physical layer Network Coding (PNC) based on Compute and Forward (CF). In particular, an integer forcing precoder (IFP) is proposed that avoids the maximum rate achievability limitation due to channel approximation at the receiver in previous proposals. The probability of error from the proposed scheme is shown to have upto 2dB of gain over the existent lattice network coding based implementation of CF. Further, it is shown that the extra power penalty which is paid due to precoding is upper bounded with finite value. It is also shown that the achievable rate using IFP approaches the upper bound for CF. Our precoder requires Channel State Information (CSI) at the transmitter but only that of the channel between the transmitter and relay, which is a feasible assumption.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: EHealth Service Support In IPv6 Vehicular Networks
Authors: Sofiane Imadali 1, Athanasia Karanasiou 2, Alexandru Petrescu 3, Ioannis Sifniadis 2, Véronique Vèque 1, Pantelis Angelidis 4
Affiliations: 1 University of Paris-Sud 11 France; 2 Vidavo, Greece, 3 Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique, France; 4 University of Western Macedonia, Macedonia
Abstract: Recent vehicular networking activities include public vehicle to vehicle/infrastructure (V2X) large scale deployment, machine-to-machine (M2M) integration scenarios and more automotive applications. eHealth is about the use of the Internet to disseminate health related information, and is one of the promising Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Combining vehicular networking and eHealth to record and transmit a patient's vital signs is a special telemedicine application that helps hospital resident health professionals to optimally prepare the patient's admittance. From the automotive perspective, this is a typical Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication scenario. The proposed platform provides an IPv6 vehicular platform which integrates eHealth devices and allows sending captured health-related data to a Personal Health Record (PHR) application server in the IPv6 Internet. The collected data is viewed remotely by a doctor and supports a diagnostic decision. This paper introduces the integration of vehicular and eHealth testbeds, describes related work and presents a lightweight auto-configuration method based on a DHCPv6 extension to provide IPv6 connectivity for resource constrained devices.

Last update: 8 November 2012

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