Toronto Networking Seminar

Organized by Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Fundamental Trade-Offs and Geometric Analysis for Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks

Hossein Pishro-Nik
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Friday, May 21, 2pm
Location: BAB024 (Bahen Centre Basement)


Many countries are planning the deployment of large scale vehicular ad hoc networks (VANETs) due to the potentially dramatic improvements in safety, highway efficiency, and driver convenience. In this talk, we first give an overview of VANETs. We then present a geometrical framework for analysis of these networks. In urban areas the geometry of roads and the placement of obstacles play an important role in determining the efficient communication strategy. In our study we develop a geometrical framework to address the safety measures of urban transportation networks.
We show that there exist fundamental tradeoffs between communication metrics such as network capacity and transportation metrics such as traffic flow. We propose combining traffic flow theory with communication theory to understand the relations between communication and transportation measures. We then present our findings from a real life implementation of a VANET prototype that exploits dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) technology to alert drivers of potential red light runners.  


Hossein Pishro-Nik is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received a B.S. degree from Sharif University of Technology, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research focuses on the mathematical analysis of communication systems, in particular, Error Control Coding, Wireless Networks, and Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks. He has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from UMass, and an Outstanding Graduate Research Award from Georgia Tech.

Host of Talk:

Shahrokh Valaee (