Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Our paper entitled "Empirical Models for the Realistic Generation of Cooperative Awareness Messages in Vehicular Networks", and authored by R. Molina-Masegosa, M. Sepulcre, J. Gozalvez, F. Berens and V. Martinez, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE, FBConsulting Sarl and NXP semiconductors.
Abstract: Most V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) applications rely on broadcasting awareness messages known as CAM (Cooperative Awareness Messages) in ETSI or BSM ( asic Safety Message) in SAE standards. A large number of studies have been devoted to guarantee their reliable transmission. However, to date, the studies are enerally based on simplified data traffic models that generate awareness messages at periodic intervals or with a constant message size. These models do not ccurately represent the real generation of CAM messages that follow specific mobility-based rules. Using simplified and unrealistic traffic models can ignificantly impact the results and validity of the studies, and hence accurate models for the generation of awareness messages are necessary. This paper roposes the first set of models that can realistically generate CAM messages. The models have been created from real traces collected by two car manufacturers in rban, sub-urban and highway test drives. The models are based on mth order Markov sources, and model the size of CAMs and the time interval between CAMs. The models are openly provided to the community and can be easily integrated into any simulator.
Autoware participates in the IEEE 24RD international conference on emerging technologies and factory automation in Zaragoza (Spain)
30th September 2019
The work presented in ETFA by UMH addresses the Network Slicing paradigm in 5G networks to support Industry 4.0 applications. Network slicing creates different logical partitions or instances over a common network infrastructure. The different slices need to be configured with the required resources and management functions necessary to comply with the requirements of the different services they support. The work developed by UMH particularly focusses on the Radio Access Network (RAN). UMH proposes a new latency-based RAN slice descriptor that identifies the radio resources that need to be allocated to a RAN slice to efficiently satisfy the latency requirement of the supported service. Latency and determinism are some of the main requirements of most Industry 4.0 applications. For example, motion control requests a maximum of 2 ms latency, control-to-control applications have latency requirements equal to 4 ms, and factory automation requests a maximum latency between 0.25 and 10 ms. In this context, the use of a latency-based RAN slice descriptor is critical to meet the latency requirements of Industry 4.0 applications as demonstrated in the work presented in ETFA by UMH.
Autoware in EFFRA factories of the future community days
21th July 2019
Dr. Javier Gozalvez presented in the Factories of the Future Community Days some of the advances achieved in AUTOWARE towards the paradigm of the autonomous factory and digital automation. He presented 5G communications as a technological enabler to support Industry 4.0, and the wide range of communication requirements demanded by the industrial applications. Dr. Javier Gozalvez showed some of the novel solutions proposed in AUTOWARE to address current 5G technological challenges, such as RAN Slicing and grant-free scheduling for uplink transmissions.
The European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) is a non-for-profit, industry-driven association promoting the development of new and innovative production technologies. It is the official representative of the private side in the 'Factories of the Future' public-private partnership.
Dr. Javier Gozalvez's presentation is available at UWICORE.
Baldomero Coll-Perales visits HMETC
15th June 2019
Baldomero Coll-Perales, a research fellow at UWICORE, will spend six months at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center (HMETC), Rüsselsheim am Main, Germany (http://www.hmetc.com/). This visiting period is partially funded by the Generalitat Valenciana under the BEST fellowships and is conducted within the framework of the H2020 TransAID project (https://www.transaid.eu/). At HMETC, Baldomero will work with the Electronics System Development (ESD) department. ESD focuses on the development of innovative Infotainment, Active Safety/Advanced Driver Assistant Systems (ADAS) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) concepts, and on developing future technologies for Car2X.
Paper accepted in IEEE Communications Magazine
Our paper entitled "Sub-6GHz Assisted MAC for Millimeter Wave Vehicular Communications", and authored by B. Coll-Perales, J. Gozalvez and M. Gruteser, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE and WINLAB (Rutgers University).
Abstract: Future connected and automated driving applications can require larger bandwidth and higher data rates than currently supported by sub-6GHz V2X technologies (e.g. DSRC, ITS-G5 or C-V2X). This has triggered the interest in developing mmWave vehicular communications. However, solutions are necessary to solve the challenges resulting from the use of high-frequency bands and the high mobility of vehicles. This paper contributes to this active research area by proposing a sub-6GHz assisted mmWave MAC that decouples the mmWave data and control planes. The proposal offloads mmWave MAC control functions to a sub-6GHz V2X technology. This approach improves the operation of the MAC as the control functions benefit from the longer range, and the broadcast and omnidirectional transmissions of sub-6GHz V2X technologies. This study demonstrates that the proposed sub-6GHz assisted mmWave MAC reduces the control overhead and delay, and increases the spatial sharing compared to mmWave communications using a configuration of IEEE 802.11ad tailored to vehicular networks. The proposed MAC is here evaluated for V2V communications using 802.11p for the control plane and 802.11ad for the data plane, although it can be adapted to other technologies such as C-V2X and 5G NR-V2X.
Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Our paper entitled "Analytical Models of the Performance of C-V2X Mode 4 Vehicular Communications", and authored by Manuel Gonzalez-Martín, Miguel Sepulcre, Rafael Molina-Masegosa and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.
Abstract: The C-V2X or LTE-V standard has been designed to support V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communications. The standard is an evolution of LTE, and it has been published by the 3GPP in Release 14. This new standard introduces the C-V2X or LTE-V Mode 4 that is specifically designed for V2V communications using the PC5 sidelink interface without any cellular infrastructure support. In Mode 4, vehicles autonomously select and manage their radio resources. Mode 4 is highly relevant since V2V safety applications cannot depend on the availability of infrastructure-based cellular coverage. This paper presents the first analytical models of the communication performance of C-V2X or LTE-V Mode 4. In particular, the paper presents analytical models for the average PDR (Packet Delivery Ratio) as a function of the distance between transmitter and receiver, and for the four different types of transmission errors that can be encountered in C-V2X Mode 4. The models are validated for a wide range of transmission parameters and traffic densities. To this aim, this study compares the results obtained with the analytical models to those obtained with a C-V2X Mode 4 simulator implemented over Veins.
The UMH prototype is integrated in the IK4 Tekniker Neutral Experimental Facility for Collaborative Robotics and it provides a reliable and flexible communication between a mobile robotic platform and a remote controller. The solution uses two redundant wireless links between the mobile robotic platform and the remote controller. Data is sent simultaneously through the two links. This solution allows to improve the reliability of the communication at the same time that reduces the latency of the end-to-end communication. This paper presents some of the initial results achieved in the experimental trials performed at the IK4 Tekniker facilities.
The Miguel Hernández University of Elche presents the autoware reference communications and networking architecture in URSI 2018
5th November 2018
The Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) participated in URSI 2018 (XXXIII SIMPOSIUM NACIONAL DE LA UNIÓN CIENTÍFICA INTERNACIONAL DE RADIO) to present the Reference Communications and Networking Architecture defined in AUTOWARE. The Spanish national conference (https://congresos.ugr.es/ursi2018/) was celebrated from 5th to 7th of September in Granada, Spain.
The paper proposes the use of heterogeneous communication technologies integrated in a hierarchical communications and data management architecture where decentralized and local management decisions are coordinated by a central orchestrator that ensures the efficient global operation of the system. Industrial applications are organized in different tiers where different management strategies are applied to satisfy their different requirements in terms of latency and reliability. Click here to download the paper.
Baldomero Coll-Perales visits IIT-CNR
1st September 2018
Baldomero Coll-Perales, a research fellow at UWICORE, will spend four months at the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - National Research Council), Pisa, Italy (https://www.iit.cnr.it/en). Baldomero will work with Dr. Andrea Passarella and Dr. Loreto Pescosolido. During the postdoctoral stay, Baldomero will work on the design of demand-driven opportunistic networking schemes. Demand-driven opportunistic networking is aimed at extending the concept of opportunistic networking to situations where connections between devices and nodes (other devices or the base station) are established not just based on their presence, but also on their capacity to support the requested demand and services. The concept of demand-driven opportunistic networking can be tailored to any user, service or network demand such as latency, reliability, data rate, energy-efficiency or spectrum-efficiency to name a few. These research activities are driven by the belief that devices (whether mobile phones/devices or vehicles) should have a more active role in network management and operation, as their communications, computing, processing and sensing capabilities are currently under-utilized, but they will play a major role in the design of future wireless networks.
UMH at the IEEE 23rd international conference on emerging technologies and factory automation
26th July 2018
UMH will participate in the IEEE 23rd International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2018) of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES). The paper ‘An Experimental Evaluation of Redundancy in Industrial Wireless Communications’ accepted to be presented in the conference describes the prototype developed by the UMH to provide reliable and flexible communications for mobile industrial applications, and the results achieved in the trials carried out at Tekniker Neutral Experimentation Infrastructure.
ETFA 2018 is the 23rd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) focusing on the latest developments and new technologies in the field of industrial and factory automation. ETFA 2018 provides a valuable opportunity to SMEs to interact with a variety of experienced researchers, developers and practitioners from several industries, research institutes, and academia and share novel ideas on emerging trends and practical achievements. ETFA 2018 will be held in Turin, Italy, from 4th to 7th of September2018.
Autoware paper has been accepted in IEEE/IFIP WONS 2018
9th February 2018
The Industry 4.0 paradigm alludes to a new industrial revolution where factories evolve towards digitalized and networked structures where intelligence is spread among the different elements of the production systems. The paper proposes the use of heterogeneous communication technologies integrated in a hierarchical communications and data management architecture where decentralized and local management decisions are coordinated by a central orchestrator that ensures the efficient global operation of the system. Industrial applications are organized in different tiers where different management strategies are applied to satisfy their different requirements in terms of latency and reliability.
Hierarchical communication and data management architecture defined in autoware presented at the IEEE/IFIP WONS 2018
6th February 2018
Dr. Miguel Sepulcre from University of Elche, Spain, presented the Hierarchical Communication and Data Management Architecture defined in Autoware at the IEEE/IFIP WONS 2018, the 14th Wireless On-demand Network systems and Services Conference, celebrated from the 6 to 8 of February 2018, at Isola 2000, France.
The WONS conference is well-known for providing a global platform for rich interactions between experts in their fields related to wireless on-demand network systems and services, discussing innovative contributions in a stimulating environment.
Paper accepted in Computer Networks
Our paper entitled "Context-Aware Heterogeneous V2X Communications for Connected Vehicles", and authored by Miguel Sepulcre and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in Computer Networks.
Abstract: Connected vehicles will require heterogeneous or hybrid communication technologies to implement the full range of cooperative ITS services in diverse scenarios. This paper presents an architecture for context-aware heterogeneous vehicular networks. The architecture is compatible with the current ETSI and ISO standardized ITS station reference architectures, and allows for the dynamic selection and configuration of communication profiles based on the context conditions and the application requirements. The potential of the proposed architecture is demonstrated with the implementation and evaluation of a heterogeneous V2I communications algorithm that improves the quality of service and the capacity to satisfy the vehicular application requirements, and reduces the economic cost of connected vehicle services.
Paper accepted in Journal of Network and Computer Applications
Our paper entitled "Distributed Radio Resource Allocation for Device-to-Device Communications Underlaying Cellular Networks", and authored by M.C. Lucas-Estañ, J. Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Network and Computer Applications.
Abstract: Underlaying Device-to-Device (D2D) communications can increase the spectral efficiency of cellular networks when sharing part of the spectrum with cellular users. This requires radio resource allocation policies capable to limit and control the interference between D2D and cellular communications. Many of the proposed policies are centralized, and require the base station to decide which resources should be allocated to each D2D transmission. Centralized schemes can efficiently control interference levels, but their feasibility can be compromised by their complexity and signaling overhead. To address this constraint, this paper proposes DiRAT, a distributed radio resource allocation scheme for D2D communications underlaying cellular networks. With DiRAT, the D2D nodes locally select their radio resources from a pool created by the cellular network in order to control the interference generated to the primary cellular users. DiRAT includes a control mechanism to ensure that the user QoS requirements are satisfied. This study demonstrates that DiRAT can increase the network capacity while avoiding or limiting the degradation of the performance of the primary cellular users. DiRAT also significantly reduces the complexity and overhead compared to existing centralized and distributed schemes.
Paper accepted in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Our paper entitled "Why 6Mbps is not (always) the Optimum Data Rate for Beaconing in Vehicular Networks", and authored by Miguel Sepulcre, Javier Gozalvez and Baldomero Coll-Perales, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.
Abstract: The IEEE 802.11p standard has been created for vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications. Vehicular networks require vehicles to periodically broadcast beacons in order to detect nearby vehicles or road infrastructure nodes and exchange critical information. The IEEE 802.11p standard defines different data rates that can be used for such transmissions, but 6Mbps has been generally assumed as the default data rate. Limited efforts have been conducted to date to demonstrate whether 6Mbps is the optimum data rate or not. This study addresses this issue, and demonstrates by means of simulations and field experiments that 6Mbps is not (always) the optimum data rate for beaconing in vehicular networks. The conclusions are validated in both urban and highway environments.
Paper accepted in Mobile Networks and Applications
Our paper entitled "Link Scheduling Scheme with Shared Links and Virtual Tokens for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks", and authored by Sergio Montero, Javier Gozalvez and Miguel Sepulcre, has been accepted for publication in Mobile Networks and Applications.
Abstract: Industrial wireless sensor networks can help improve the efficiency, reconfigurability and flexibility of future factories, and facilitate the introduction of new applications. Industrial applications are generally characterized with strict reliability and latency requirements. The capacity to meet such requirements is highly dependent on an efficient utilization of communication links. Such efficient utilization will become even more critical as the number of deployed sensors and traffic in factories increase. In this context, this paper presents a novel link scheduling scheme for industrial wireless sensor networks that uses shared links among nodes that are part of the same path or multi-hop route. The transmission of a message along a route acts as a virtual token to identify which node should use the shared links at each point in time. This study demonstrates that the proposed link scheduling scheme can significantly improve the reliability, latency and efficiency of industrial wireless sensor networks. The proposed link scheduling scheme is here applied to industrial wireless sensor networks, but it can be used in other centralized TDMA-based multi-hop wireless networks.
Paper accepted in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
Our paper entitled "On the Capacity Gain of Multi-Hop Cellular Networks with Opportunistic Networking and D2D: a Space-Time Graph-based Evaluation", and authored by Baldomero Coll-Perales and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Wireless Communications Letters.
Abstract: Previous studies have shown that device-centric wireless technologies, including multi-hop cellular networks (MCNs) and device-to-device (D2D) communications, can increase the cellular network capacity. This study progresses the current state of the art by deriving (using space-time graphs) the upperbound capacity gains that can be further achieved when integrating efficiency-driven opportunistic networking into device-centric wireless networks. The increase is obtained without modifying the radio interface, and is not constrained to any particular radio interface.
Paper accepted in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
Our paper entitled "LTE-V for Sidelink 5G V2X Vehicular Communications: A New 5G Technology for Short-Range Vehicle-toEverything Communications", and authored by Rafael Molina-Masegosa and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine.
Abstract: This paper provides an overview of the LTE-V standard supporting sidelink or V2V communications using the PC5 interface in LTE. The paper reviews the physical layer changes introduced under Release 14 for LTE-V, its communication modes 3 and 4, and the LTE-V evolutions under discussion in Release 15 to support 5G V2X communications and autonomous vehicles' applications. Modes 3 and 4 support direct V2V communications, but differ on how they allocate the radio resources. Resources are allocated by the cellular network under Mode 3. Mode 4 does not require cellular coverage, and vehicles autonomously select their radio resources using a distributed scheduling scheme supported by congestion control mechanisms. Mode 4 is considered the baseline mode, and represents an alternative to 802.11p or DSRC. In this context, the paper also presents a detailed analysis of the performance of LTE-V sidelink Mode 4, and proposes a modification to its distributed scheduling.
Our paper entitled "Neighbor Discovery for Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks with Mobile Nodes", and authored by Sergio Montero, Javier Gozalvez and Miguel Sepulcre, has been accepted for publication in Computer Communications.
Abstract: Industrial wireless sensor networks can facilitate the deployment of a wide range of novel industrial applications, including mobile applications that connect mobile robots, vehicles, goods and workers to industrial networks. Current industrial wireless sensor standards have been mainly designed for static deployments, and their performance significantly degrades when introducing mobile devices. One of the major reasons for such degradation is the neighbor discovery process. This paper presents and evaluates two novel neighbor discovery protocols that improve the capability of mobile devices to remain connected to the industrial wireless sensor networks as they move. The proposed protocols exploit topology information and the nature of devices (static or mobile) to reliably and rapidly discover neighbor devices. This is achieved in some cases at the expense of increasing the number of radio resources utilized and the energy consumed in the discovery process. The proposed solutions have been designed and evaluated considering the WirelessHART standard given its widespread industrial adoption. However, they can also be adapted for the ISA100.11a and IEEE 802.15.4e standards.
UWICORE is looking to hire one post-doc and one PhD/Research engineer in the area of Vehicular Networks. Please check details on the following offer.
Miguel Sepulcre, invited speaker at DIALOGO 2017
9th February 2017
Miguel Sepulcre was an Invited Speaker at DIALOGO 2017 that took place in León (Spain) from the 9th to the 11th of February 2017. Organized by AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), in this event, multiple experts, researchers, companies and authorities discussed about the New Era of Transportation (NERTRA). The talk, entitled 'Connected Automated Vehicles: Motivation and Challenges', presented some of the main challenges of connected automated vehicles and possible ways to address them.
Position available at UWICORE
12th December 2016
UWICORE is looking to hire a post-doc researcher in the area of Industrial Wireless Networks. Please check details on the following offer.
Baldomero Coll-Perales receives the UMH Extraordinary Doctorate Award
5th December 2016
Uwicore member Baldomero Coll-Perales has been awarded by the UMH with the Extraordinary Doctorate Award in the academic year 2016-2017. The thesis, entitled 'Mobile Relaying and Opportunistic Networking in Multi-hop Cellular Networks' and supervised by Uwicore's director Dr. Javier Gozalvez, evaluates and validates the potential of multi-hop cellular networks using mobile relays and Device-to-Device (D2D) communications through field tests, and proposes novel context-aware opportunistic networking approaches that take advantage of the delay tolerance of certain applications that are driven the growth in the mobile data traffic to improve the energy efficiency and capacity of cellular networks. The awards ceremony will take place at UMH during 'The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas' next January 27th, 2017.
Javier Gozalvez, keynote speaker at IEEE Latincom 2016
16th November 2016
Javier Gozalvez was a Keynote Speaker at the 8th IEEE Latin-American Conference on Communications (IEEE Latincom 2016, http://latincom2016.ieee-comsoc-latincom.org/) that took place in Medellín (Colombia) from the 15th to the 17th of November 2016. Latincom is the flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society in Latin-America.
The keynote, entitled 'Heterogeneous V2X Networks for Connected and Automated Vehicles', presented some of the latest research in vehicular networks conducted at UWICORE. In particular, the presentation presented solutions developed at UWICORE to optimized 802.11p-based vehicular networks, and discussed the benefits and potential for deploying heterogeneous V2X networking solutions for connected and automated vehicles. In this context, the talk presented UWICORE's proposal for heterogeneous V2I, and the first algorithms developed worldwide for heterogeneous V2V communications. These algorithms seek to increase the bandwidth for cooperative sensing, and the reliability for cooperative driving.
UWICORE visits universities in Colombia
12th November 2016
Javier Gozalvez visited universities in Colombia to present UWICORE research activities, discuss possibilities to collaborate (including the establishment of double PhD programs for joint co-supervision), and present a seminar on tips and recommendations to publish papers in IEEE journals. Javier visited the Universidad ICESI in Cali on the 10th of November hosted by Professor Andres Navarro.At ICESI, he presented the seminar entitled 'Device-Centric Wireless Networking for 5G'. He then visited Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla on the 11th of November hosted by Professor Miguel Jimeno. At Universidad del Norte, he presented the seminar entitled 'Heterogeneous V2X Networks for Connected and Automated Vehicles'.
Baldomero Coll-Perales visits WINLAB
1st November 2016
Baldomero Coll-Perales, a research fellow at UWICORE, will spent one year at WINLAB, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA (http://winlab.rutgers.edu/ ). Baldomero will work with Prof. Dipankar Raychaudhuri and Prof. Marco Gruteser. During the postdoctoral stay, Baldomero will work on the design of device-centric technologies for future wireless 5G network and connected vehicles. Device-centric wireless networks (including device to device communications -D2D-, and multi-hop cellular networks -MCNs) represent a paradigm-shift in the design of future wireless networks as they empower mobile devices to take a more active role in the network management and operation. These research activities are driven by the belief that the devices (whether mobile phones/devices or vehicles)' communications, computing, processing and sensing capabilities are currently under-utilized, but will play a major role in the design of future wireless networks.
Kick-off meeting of the H2020 AUTOWARE project
27th October 2016
UWICORE attended the kick-off meeting of the European H2020 AUTOWARE project (Wireless Autonomous, Reliable and Resilient ProductIon Operation ARchitecture for Cognitive Manufacturing, http://www.autoware-eu.org/ ). The project seeks to develop IoT and cloud technologies for CPPS (Cyber-Physical Production Systems) in Industry 4.0. The solutions will help digitalize production systems and deploy more flexible and adaptive factories that will rely on extensive connectivity. UWICORE will lead in the project the development of industrial wireless networks to connect machines (including mobile robusts), products and services, and facilitate the real-time exchange of information to improve the decision support systems, and detection of failures or anomalies. In particular, UMH will contribute towards the design of high reliability and low latency deterministic industrial wireless networks, and develop hybrid management solutions for flexible industrial Plug and Produce systems.
UMH is the only university of the consortium that is made up of the following 14 organizations: SQS, Innovalia, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and Tekniker (Spain); SmartFactory, Fraunhofer and SMC (Germany); TTTech (Austria); Blue Ocean Robotics (Denmark); Robovision and Imec (Belgium); PWR Pack (Netherlands); CNR (Italy); Institut Jozef Stefan (Slovenia).
UWICORE visits universities in Shanghai and Hangzhou
22nd October 2016
Javier Gozalvez visited universities in China to present UWICORE research activities, discuss possibilities to collaborate, and present a seminar on tips and recommendations to publish papers in IEEE journals. Javier visited Tongji University and Fudan University in Shanghai on the 17th of October, and HUST (Huazhong University of Science & Technology) in Wuhan on the 20th of October. During his visits, he presented the seminars entitled 'Device-Centric Wireless Networking for 5G', and 'Heterogeneous V2X Networks for Connected and Automated Vehicles'.
Paper accepted in Journal of Network and Computer Applications
Our paper entitled "Multipath QoS-Driven Routing Protocol for Industrial Wireless Networks", and authored by Miguel Sepulcre, Javier Gozalvez and Baldomero Coll-Perales, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Network and Computer Applications.
Abstract: The Industry 4.0 concept targets the interconnection and computerization of traditional industries to improve their adaptability and utilize efficiently their resources. Industrial wireless networks will play a key role within the Industry 4.0 as they will facilitate the deployment of novel industrial applications thanks to the flexible and reconfigurable wireless connection of industrial devices. Significant advances are still necessary to enable the deployment of reliable industrial wireless networks capable to guarantee the strict QoS (Quality of Service) requirements of industrial applications in harsh propagation conditions. This paper contributes towards this objective with a novel multipath routing protocol that identifies and establishes the necessary redundant routes between any pair of nodes of a wireless network in order to satisfy the reliability and delay QoS levels demanded by industrial applications. The proposed protocol is here presented and analyzed under the framework of the WirelessHART standard given its important industrial adoption. However, it can also be adapted to other centralized TDMA-based multi-hop wireless networks.
Javier Gozalvez, elected 2017 President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
20th September 2016
Javier Gozalvez was elected 2017 President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) at the IEEE VTC2016-Fall conference that took place in Montreal (Canada) during September 2016. Javier already served as President in 2016, so this is his second and final term as President. During his term as President during 2016, VTS launched the IEEE VTS Resource Center (http://resourcecenter.vts.ieee.org/ ), the new VTS multimedia library that contains educational videos (webinars, tutorials), distinguished lectures, and videos and slides from keynotes and panels of VTS conferences. VTS also launched its first competition 'The VTS Motor Vehicles competition', and organized at WPI in Worcester its first summer school on connected and automated vehicles. VTS also did significant efforts to reach potential new members and present what VTS is about and how VTS can serve the technical community. In particular, different membership development events were held in China and Colombia. VTS also got heavily involved in the IEEE 5G initiative, an IEEE multi-society initiative led by ComSoC to foster development of 5G and position IEEE in this domain. Finally, VTS made an important investment in 2016 to reduce the backlog of papers for our Transactions. We have increased the printed pages from the 4500 budgeted pages to 10300 pages. The main VTS publications also increased again their impact factor: VT magazine has now an impact factor of 2.783, and TVT transactions of 2.243.
Javier Gozalvez, plenary speaker at Next-GWiN 2016
13th September 2016
Javier Gozalvez presented a plenary talk at The Fourth International Workshop on Next Generation Green Wireless Networks (Next-GWiN 2016, http://www.next-gwin.org/ ) that took place at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) on the 12th and 13th of September 2016. The talk, entitled 'A device-centric approach to energy-efficiency and capacity: multi-hop cellular networks, D2D and efficiency-driven opportunistic networking', presented UWICORE research activities on the integration of opportunistic networking into future device-centric wireless systems, in particular multi-hop celular networks and D2D communications. The talk illustrated how such integration can improve the energy efficiency and capacity of 5G and beyond networks.
Javier Gozalvez, keynote speaker at IEEE PIMRC 2016
7th September 2016
Javier Gozalvez was a Keynote Speaker at the 27th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (IEEE PIMRC 2016, http://www.ieee-pimrc.org/keynotes.html ) that took place in Valencia (Spain) from the 4th to the 7th of September 2016. PIMRC is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society.
The keynote, entitled 'Heterogeneous V2X Networks for Connected and Automated Vehicles', presented some of the latest research in vehicular networks conducted at UWICORE. In particular, the presentation presented solutions developed at UWICORE to optimized 802.11p-based vehicular networks, and discussed the benefits and potential for deploying heterogeneous V2X networking solutions for connected and automated vehicles. In this context, the talk presented UWICORE's proposal for heterogeneous V2I, and the first algorithms developed worldwide for heterogeneous V2V communications. These algorithms seek to increase the bandwidth for cooperative sensing, and the reliability for cooperative driving.
Uwicore member appointed TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2016
5th July 2016
Prof. Miguel Sepulcre has been appointed TPC Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) 2016, which will be held in Columbus (Ohio, USA) from the 8th to the 10th of December of 2016. Prof. Miguel Sepulcre will work together with Prof. Hsin-mu (Michael) Tsai from the National Taiwan University to define the conference program.
UWICORE visits universities in Beijing
20th May 2016
Javier Gozalvez visited universities in China to present UWICORE research activities, discuss possibilities to collaborate, and present a seminar on tips and recommendations to publish papers in IEEE journals. Javier visited Beijing Jiaotong University and Pekin University in Shanghai the 20th of May. During his visits, he presented the seminars entitled 'Congestion and Awareness Control in Vehicular Networks' and 'Heterogeneous V2X Networks for Connected and Automated Vehicles'.
Paper accepted in Springer's Telecommunication Systems
Our paper entitled "Contextual optimization of location-based routing protocols for multi-hop cellular networks using mobile relays", and authored by Baldomero Coll-Perales and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in Springer's Telecommunication Systems.
Abstract: Traditional single-hop cellular architectures fail to provide high and homogeneous quality of service levels throughout a cell area due to the strong signal attenuation with the distance. In this context, multi-hop cellular networks that utilize mobile relays and device-to-device communications have been proposed to overcome the physical limitations of conventional cellular architectures. One of the key building blocks of multi-hop cellular networks is the multi-hop routing of information from the source to the destination. This paper investigates the performance and energy signaling benefits of location-based multi-hop routing protocols. In particular, the paper demonstrates the benefits of a contextual optimization of this type of protocols in order to achieve a high end-to-end performance, while reducing the energy and signaling implementation cost.
Paper accepted in Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
Our paper entitled "Energy-efficient opportunistic forwarding in multi-hop cellular networks using device to device communications", and authored by B. Coll-Perales, J. Gozalvez and V. Friderikos, has been accepted for publication in Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE and Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College London.
Abstract: Cellular networks face significant challenges as a result of the growth of cellular data traffic, with a significant portion of such traffic being delay tolerant. Multi-hop Cellular Networks (MCN) can help address the foreseen capacity and energy-efficiency constraints of cellular networks through the integration of cellular and Device to Device (D2D) communications. To this aim, this work proposes and studies the use of opportunistic store, carry and forward mechanisms in MCN networks to increase energy efficiency for delay tolerant traffic. In particular, the study first derives an analytical framework to identify in two hop scenarios the optimum mobile relay location and the location from which the mobile relay should start forwarding the information to the cellular base station in order to minimize the overall energy consumption. The derived optimum configuration is then used as a benchmark for the development of a context-based opportunistic MCN forwarding scheme that exploits context information provided by the cellular network. Numerical and simulation results demonstrate that significant energy benefits (above 90%) can be achieved through the use of opportunistic forwarding in MCN networks.
Our paper entitled "Integration of Congestion and Awareness Control in Vehicular Networks", and authored by Miguel Sepulcre, Javier Gozalvez, Onur Altintas and Haris Kremo, has been accepted for publication in Ad Hoc Networks. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE and TOYOTA.
Abstract: Cooperative vehicular networks require the exchange of positioning and basic status information between neighboring nodes to support vehicular applications. The exchange of information is based on the periodic transmission/reception of 1-hop broadcast messages on the so called control channel. The dynamic adaptation of the transmission parameters when broadcasting such messages will be key for the reliable and efficient operation of vehicular networks. To this aim, vehicular networks utilize congestion control protocols to control the channel load, typically through the adaptation of the transmission parameters based on certain channel load metrics. Awareness control protocols are also required to adequately support cooperative vehicular applications. These protocols typically adapt the transmission parameters of periodic broadcast messages to ensure each vehicle's capacity to detect, and possibly communicate, with the relevant vehicles and infrastructure nodes present in its local neighborhood. To date, congestion and awareness control protocols have been normally designed and evaluated separately, although both will be required for the reliable and efficient operation of vehicular networks. In this context, this paper proposes and evaluates INTERN, a new control protocol that integrates two congestion and awareness control processes. The simulation results obtained for three different scenarios demonstrate that INTERN is able to satisfy the applications' requirements of all vehicles, while effectively controlling the channel load. The results obtained highlight the challenges ahead with emerging automated vehicles.
Our paper entitled "Context-Aware Opportunistic Networking in MultiHop Cellular Networks", and authored by B. Coll-Perales, J. Gozalvez and V. Friderikos, has been accepted for publication in Ad Hoc Networks. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE and Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College London.
Abstract: 5G networks will be required to efficiently support the growth in mobile data traffic. One approach to do so is by exploiting Device-to-Device (D2D) communications and Multi-Hop Cellular Networks (MCNs) in order to enhance the spectrum re-use and offload traffic over underlay networks. This study proposes to further improve the efficiency of transmitting mobile data traffic by integrating opportunistic networking principles into MCNs. Opportunistic networking can exploit the delay tolerance characteristic of relevant data traffic services in order to search for the most efficient transmission conditions in MCNs. The study first presents an analytical framework for two-hop opportunistic MCNs designed to identify their optimum configuration in terms of energy efficiency. Using this reference configuration, the paper then proposes a set of opportunistic forwarding policies that exploit context information provided by the cellular network. Numerical and simulation results demonstrate that opportunistic networking can significantly contribute towards achieving the capacity and energy efficiency gains sought for 5G networks. Under the evaluated conditions, the obtained results show that the proposed schemes can reduce the energy consumption compared to traditional cellular communications by up to 98% for delay tolerant services. In addition, the proposed schemes can increase the cellular capacity by up to 79% compared to traditional cellular communications.
Paper accepted in Journal of Networks and Computer Applications
Our paper entitled "Empirical Models of the Communications Performance of Multi-hop Cellular Networks using D2D", and authored by B. Coll-Perales, J. Gozalvez and M. Sepulcre, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Networks and Computer Applications.
Abstract: Multi-hop Cellular Networks (MCNs) can improve the quality of service, capacity and energy-efficiency of traditional infrastructure-centric single-hop cellular systems. MCN systems can exploit Device-to-Device (D2D) communications and utilize the communications and computing capabilities of mobile devices. However, the communications challenges resulting from the use of mobile devices and D2D communications require empirical solid evidences of their performance benefits, and the design of robust communications and networking protocols. In this context, this paper presents a unique set of empirical models of the communications performance of MCN systems that utilize D2D communications. The models take into account the impact of the distance, propagation/visibility conditions, number of hops, and communication settings. The set of derived models can help design, test and optimize communications and networking protocols for MCNs that utilize D2D communications.
Javier Gozalvez, advisory board member for EISIGS at Halmstad University (Sweden)
18th September 2015
Javier Gozalvez has been appointed member of the advisory board for the Embedded and Intelligent Systems Industrial Graduate School (EISIGS) of Halmstad University in Sweden. The goal of the industrial graduate school is to provide the right environment for producing qualified, independent researchers (PhDs) that understand, advance, and champion embedded and intelligent systems research. This goal is aligned with the largest research environment at the Halmstad University, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS) as well as with the University's major research initiative, Research for Innovation, with long-term funding from The Knowledge Foundation. Funding for the school itself is from the Knowledge Foundation complemented by funding from industrial partners as well as from Halmstad University.
Javier Gozalvez, keynote speaker at IEEE COSSMO 2015 workshop
15th September 2015
Javier Gozalvez was a Keynote Speaker at the INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COOPERATIVE SENSING FOR SMART MOBILITY (COSSMO 2015, http://www.av.it.pt/es/cossmo/ ) that took place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) on the 15th of September 2015. COSSMO is one of the workshops of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC). The keynote, entitled 'Congestion and Awareness Control in Vehicular Networks', presented some of the latest research in vehicular networks conducted at UWICORE. In particular, the seminar presented solutions developed at UWICORE to address the congestion control challenge by coordinating or integrating congestion control protocols and awareness control protocols.
Baldomero Coll-Perales successfully defended his PhD Thesis "Mobile Relaying and Opportunistic Networking in Multi-hop Cellular Networks"
30th July 2015
Baldomero Coll-Perales successfully defended his PhD Thesis "Mobile Relaying and Opportunistic Networking in Multi-hop Cellular Networks" on July 30th 2015. The thesis, directed by Prof. Javier Gozálvez and realized in the Ubiquitous Wireless Communications Research (UWICORE) Laboratory, evaluates and validates the potential of multi-hop cellular networks using mobile relays and Device-to-Device (D2D) communications through field tests, and proposes novel context-aware opportunistic networking approaches that take advantage of the delay tolerance of certain applications that are driven the growth in the mobile data traffic to improve the energy efficiency and capacity of cellular networks. Baldomero Coll-Perales obtained the International mention from UMH of the PhD Title after spending a three months research period at the Centre for Telecommunications Research, King's College of London (UK) under the supervision of Dr. Vasilis Friderikos.
Paper accepted in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine
Our paper entitled "Opportunistic Multihopping for Energy Efficiency: Opportunistic Multi-Hop Cellular Networking for Energy-Efficient Provision of Mobile Delay Tolerant Services", and authored by Baldomero Coll-Perales, Javier Gozalvez, Oscar Lazaro and Miguel Sepulcre, has been accepted for publication in IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE and Innovalia Association.
Abstract: Cellular operators are facing considerable capacity and energy-efficiency challenges as cellular data traffic keeps on rising. Several studies have shown that multi-hop cellular networks (MCN) could help tackle these challenges through the integration of device to device and cellular communications. This study demonstrates that significant energy-efficiency gains can be achieved when MCN networks jointly exploit opportunistic networking and the traffic delay tolerance characteristic of relevant mobile data services.
Best full paper runner-up in IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2014
5th December 2014
Uwicore members Miguel Sepulcre and Javier Gozalvez received the best full paper runner-up award in IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) 2014, celebrated in Paderborn (Germany) from the 3rd to the 5th of December of 2014. The paper entitled 'Adaptive Beaconing for Congestion and Awareness Control in Vehicular Networks' is a joint work between Uwicore and Toyota ITC. The awarded paper presented Uwicore's proposal to integrate congestion and awareness control protocols for vehicular networks. The simulation results obtained demonstrate that the proposed protocol is able to satisfy the application's requirements of all vehicles, while effectively controlling the channel load.
Paper accepted in Computers in Industry
Our paper entitled "On the feasibility to deploy mobile industrial applications using wireless communications", and authored by Javier Gozalvez, Miguel Sepulcre and Jose Antonio Palazon, has been accepted for publication in Computers in Industry.
Abstract: Wireless communications can facilitate the deployment of novel industrial applications to improve productivity or health and safety conditions. Health and safety applications require mobile solutions capable to operate under harsh propagation conditions at low cost and energy consumption. This paper presents the results of an extensive measurement campaign that demonstrate the feasibility to deploy industrial mobile sensing applications with reliable wireless connectivity levels using short-range IEEE 802.15.4. The campaign also analyses the capability of various wireless technologies to provide the throughput levels necessary for wireless local data distribution and backhaul connectivity.
Our paper entitled "Reputation based selfishness prevention techniques for mobile ad-hoc networks", and authored by Alberto Rodríguez-Mayol and Javier Gozalvez, has been accepted for publication in Telecommunication Systems.
Abstract: Mobile ad-hoc networks require nodes to cooperate in the relaying of data from source to destination. However, due to their limited resources, selfish nodes may be unwilling to forward packets, which can deteriorate the multi-hop connectivity. Different reputation-based protocols have been proposed to cope with selfishness in mobile ad-hoc networks. These protocols utilize the watchdog detection mechanism to observe the correct relaying of packets, and to compile information about potential selfish nodes. This information is used to prevent the participation of selfish nodes in the establishment of multi-hop routes. Despite its wide use, watchdog tends to overestimate the selfish behavior of nodes due to the effects of radio transmission errors or packet collisions that can be mistaken for intentional packet drops. As a result, the availability of valid multi-hop routes is reduced, and the overall performance deteriorates. This paper proposes and evaluates three detection techniques that improve the ability of selfishness prevention protocols to detect selfish nodes and to increase the number of valid routes.
Paper accepted in Journal of Network and Computer Applications
Our paper entitled "Integrated System for Control and Monitoring Industrial Wireless Networks for Labour Risk Prevention", and authored by J.R. Gisbert, C. Palau , M. Uriarte, G. Prieto, J.A. Palazon, M. Esteve, O. López, J. Correas, M.C. Lucas-Estañ, P. Gimenez, A. Moyano, L. Collantes, J. Gozalvez, B. Molina, O. Lazaro and A. González, has been accepted for publication in Journal of Network and Computer Applications. The paper is a joint work between UWICORE, Universitat Politècnica de València, NEXTEL, INDRA and INNOVALIA.
Abstract: The FASyS (Absolutely Safe and Healthy Factory) project, aligned with the European Factories of the Future (FoF) concept, has been set-up to develop a new factory model aimed at minimizing the risks to the worker's health and safety, and guarantee their welfare and comfort in machining, handling and assembly factories. To this aim, ICT Information and Communication Technologies) and wireless communication technologies in particular may represent very valuable tools to implement distributed and mobile sensing applications capable to continuously sense the working environment and the worker's health and safety conditions. The effective deployment of such applications in critical environments, like the industrial one, require the availability of a platform capable to monitor the operation and performance of the heterogeneous wireless networks that will connect the mobile sensors to remote control centres. This paper presents the platform implemented for this purpose in the context of the FASyS project. In addition to monitoring the status of heterogeneous wireless networks, the implemented platform provides the capability to reconfigure remotely the communication settings of wireless nodes based on possible malfunctioning or QoS degradation notifications. These functionalities will help guaranteeing the reliable and robust wireless communications required in industrial environments to implement innovative labour risk prevention applications exploiting ICT technologies.
Javier Gozalvez elected Executive Vice President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
3rd January 2014
Javier Gozalvez, Associate Profesor at UMH's Department of Communications Engineering and Director of the UWICORE Laboratory, has been elected as Executive Vice President of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society for 2014, and has been re-elected to the Society's Board of Governors for a new 3 years term starting in 2014. The society has three main areas of interest: mobile radio, automotive electronics, and transportation systems. Javier has been strongly involved with the society as part of its Board of Governors, Mobile Radio Senior Editor of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, and Program Co-Chair (among other roles) of its flagship conference the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference.
Noureddine Haouari, a PhD student from USTHB in Algeria visits UWICORE
30th December 2013
Noureddine Haouari, a PhD student from the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB) in Algiers (Algeria) visited UWICORE
during the month of december for joint research activities in vehicular networks. Noureddine Haouari is a third year PhD student at USTHB's Computer Science Department.
Michele Rondinone successfully defended his PhD Thesis "Connectivity-based Routing and Dissemination Protocols for Vehicular Networks"
8th November 2013
Michele Rondinone successfully defended his PhD Thesis "Connectivity-based Routing and Dissemination Protocols for Vehicular Networks" on November 7th 2013. The thesis, directed by Prof. Javier Gozálvez and realized in the Ubiquitous Wireless Communications Research (Uwicore) Laboratory, proposes the design and evaluation of novel vehicular routing and dissemination protocols aimed at providing multi-hop cooperative ITS applications with good performance while efficiently administrating the communication resources. Michele Rondinone obtained the International mention of the PhD Title after spending a three months research period at the Advanced Studies Department of Thales Communications and Security (France) under the supervision of Dr. Jérémie Leguay and Dr. Vania Conan.
UWICORE's Director, Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2013
16th October 2013
Javier Gozalvez, Associate Profesor at UMH's Department of Communications Engineering and Director of the UWICORE Laboratory, has been appointed Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference 2013 in Boston (USA). The conference is one of the major international scientific events in the area of vehicular networks and cooperative ITS. Prof. Javier Gozalvez will work together with Professor Marco Gruteser from Rutgers University (USA) to define the conference program.
Alberto Rodriguez-Mayol defended his PhD Thesis "Reputation Techniques for Multi-hop Mobile Ad-hoc Networks"
24th July 2013
Alberto Rodriguez-Mayol defended his PhD Thesis "Reputation Techniques for Multi-hop Mobile Ad-hoc Networks" on July 24th 2013. The thesis, directed by Prof. Javier Gozalvez, was realized in the Ubiquitous Wireless Communications Research (Uwicore) Laboratory. The thesis developed novel cooperation mechanisms for mobile ad-hoc networks and multi-hop cellular networks. The mechanisms were designed to accurately detect the cooperation of nodes in the relaying of packets. The thesis also investigated the use of the cellular network infrastructure to improve the cooperation detection process and accuracy in the case of mobile networks.
UMH designs the V2I communications system for the most powerful electric vehicle
28th February 2013
UWICORE has participated in the demonstration of the most powerful electric vehicle engineered by the spanish company Applus+ IDIADA. The car, named Volar-e and sponsored by the European Commission, was unveiled on the 28th of February at the F1 race track in Barcelona. The car can reach 300km/h and pass from 0 to 100km/h en 3.4seconds. UWICORE has designed the V2I communications system based on the IEEE802.11p standard. The system is connected to the car's switchboard and receives information from the electric vehicle (e.g. speed or battery level). The information is then transmitted to an RSU that is connected to a remote server through a 3G connection. Attendees to the demonstration, or anybody in the world, could download on their smartphones an application and see in real-time the performance of Volar-e.
Here you have a video of the Volar-e electric vehicle.
This video shows the real-time information of Volar-e that we could monitor from our lab in Elche while the vehicle was demonstrated on Barcelona's F1 track.
Positions available at UWICORE
1st February 2013
UWICORE is looking to hire wireless communications and networking researchers to work on the OPPORTUNITIES project. Candidates willing to conduct a PhD are welcome. Please check details on the following offer.
Javier Gozalvez, elected VP Mobile Radio of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
20th September 2012
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez has been elected Mobile Radio Vice-President for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (IEEE VTS), with the term starting in 2013. The election took place at the meeting of the society's Board of Governors that took place on the 3rd of September in Quebec city. As Vice-President, Javier will be responsible for the mobile radio activities of the society. VTS is one of the most active IEEE societies in mobile and wireless communications. Its other areas of interest include transportation systems and automotive electronics.
Baldomero Coll visits King's College London
17th September 2012
Baldomero Coll, a PhD student at UWICORE, will spend three months at the Institute of Telecommunications of King's College London. Baldomero will work with Dr. Vasilis Friderikos in the design of efficient opportunistic multi-hop cellular networks, the topic of Baldomero's PhD thesis. As part of his thesis, Baldomero has been working on the experimental evaluation of the performance of multi-hop cellular networks with mobile relays, and on its empirical modelling. The visiting period is funded by the Valencia Regional Government.
Javier Gozalvez, General Co-Chair of URSI 2012
12th September 2012
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez is General Co-Chair for the main Spanish scientific telecoms conference URSI 2012 (XXVII National Symposium of the International Union of Radio Science) that is taking place in Elche from the 12th to the 14th of September 2012. The conference is organized by the Communications Engineering Department and the School of Engineering of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche. URSI has established itself over the years as the main national scientific forum in radiocommunications. The conference, with over 250 delegates, will take place for the first time in Elche and Alicante. More information can be found in www.ursi2012.org
Mari Carmen Lucas successfully defends her PhD thesis
10th July 2012
Mari Carmen Lucas successfully defended her PhD thesis on the 10th of July 2012. Professor Ramon Agusti from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia chaired the PhD jury that also included Dr. Matías Toril and Dr. Raquel Barco (University of Malaga), Professor Leandro Juan-Llácer (Polytechnic University of Cartagena), and Dr. Natividad Llorca (Center of Operations Research, Miguel Hernandez University of Elche). The thesis, entitled 'Common Radio Resource Management in Heterogeneous Wireless Systems', proposed novel CRRM techniques for heterogeneous wireless networks. Among the main contributions from Mari Carmen are new CRRM proposals based on bankruptcy-theory and integer linear programming, and the first CRRM implementation feasibility analysis.
Prof. Jeffrey Miller visits UWICORE
11th June 2012
Professor Jeffrey Miller visited UWICORE on the 11th of June and provided a research seminar entitled 'Design of Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANETs) and Applications in Disconnected Environments'. Prof. Miller (Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine.
Dr. Jose Monserrat visits UWICORE
21st May 2012
Dr. Jose Monserrat visited UWICORE on the 21st of May and provided a research seminar entitled 'Future of Mobile Communications'. Dr. Monserrat is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he obtained his PhD in 2007. He is active member of the European COST IC1004 action, and is currently working in national and international projects dealing with radio resource management in 3G and 4G systems.
Michele Rondinone visits Thales Communications in Paris
15th May 2012
Michele Rondinone, a PhD researcher at UWICORE, has started a three months visiting period at Thales Communications in Paris to work at the Advanced Information Technology laboratory with Jeremie Leguay and Vania Conan. During his visiting period, Michele will investigate novel dissemination schemes for vehicular networks that look at exploiting connectivity information of the road network to optimise V2X injection and dissemination strategies. The collaboration between Thales Communications and UWICORE started at the successful EU FP7 iTETRIS project.
UWICORE releases unique V2I measurements database
1st May 2012
UWICORE has released, with the publication of the paper 'IEEE 802.11p Vehicle to Infraestructure Communications in Urban Environments' (IEEE Communications Magazine, May 2012), one of the largest Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) measurements database currently available open to the research community. The measurement campaign and resulting paper were authored by Javier Gozalvez, Miguel Sepulcre and Ramon Bauza.. The campaign took place in the Italian city of Bolonia, and resulted in more than 700 test-drives, with around 950 km of testing distance traveled during more than 35 hours of wireless measurement tests being recorded. The mobility (GPS data) and IEEE 802.11p V2I communication traces obtained during the field tests can be downloaded from http://www.uwicore.umh.es/V2I-measurement-campaign
UWICORE keynote presentation at the Smart Radio Technologies international workshop
18th April 2012
Javier Gozalvez, UWICORE Director, provided a keynote presentation at the Smart Radio Technologies international workshop organized at CSIR in Pretoria (South Africa) on the 18th of April 2012. The keynote, entitled 'Experimental SDR-based Ad-Hoc Networking Research for Future Wireless Networks', addressed the importance of context-aware networking and the interest on software radio solutions. To this aim, the keynote showcased UWICORE's research activities in this area, including the unique USRP2-based 802.11 multi-hop networking testbed openly released to the community and used by a large number of international organizations. More information on the workshop: https://sites.google.com/a/smart-wireless.net/www/
Javier Gozalvez visits Tshwane University of Technology
16th April 2012
Javier Gozalvez, UWICORE Director, visited Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) to study establishing close research links with the group lead by Professor Mjumo Mzyece. As part of the visit, Javier met with different faculty and directors from TUT's Franco-South African Institute in Electronics (F'SATIE), and provided a research seminar to the university's faculty and postgraduate students. The seminar was entitled 'Communications and Networking for Efficient and Scalable Cooperative Vehicular Systems'.
Final INTELVIA demonstration at R4 highway in Madrid
15th March 2012
The INTELVIA project ended with a demonstration at the R4 highway in Madrid on the 15th March 2012. The demonstration was attended by project partners and Spanish road authorities. During the demonstration, UWICORE showcased its unique project developments. In particular, it demonstrated a first implementation of an 802.11p and ETSI-compatible cooperative Road Side Unit and its unique wireless road signalling solution that allows continuously modifying from a remote control centre the road signalling using a heterogeneous wireless solution including low-cost and low-power wireless devices deployed along the roads. UWICORE also implemented a multi-technology On Board Unit embedded into cars.
Javier Gozalvez, General Co-Chair for ACM VANET 2012
16th January 2012
UWICORE Director Javier Gozalvez will act as General Co-Chair of the Ninth ACM International Workshop on VehiculAr Inter-NETworking, Systems, and Applications (ACM VANET 2012). The workshop will be associated with ACM MobiSys in 2012, following years of success at ACM MobiCom, and will take place on the 25th of June in Low Wood Bay (UK). VANET Co-Chair is John Kenney from Toyota InfoTechnology Center in USA, and TPC Co-Chairs include Fan Bai from General Motors and Robin Kravets from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
UWICORE launches the OPPORTUNITIES research project
3rd January 2012
UWICORE has launched the national research project OPPORTUNITIES (Opportunistic Mobile Relaying Communications for Reliable and Efficient Multi-Hop Cellular Networks) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education. The project, which obtained important support from major international companies, will investigate contextual, adaptive and opportunistic techniques to improve the reliability and energy/resources efficiency of mobile relaying communications in MCN systems. To achieve its objectives, the project will address three main aspects: the design of opportunistic and adaptive cross-layer transmission techniques to improve the reliability and efficiency of peer-to-peer communications in MCN-MR systems; novel opportunistic communications and forwarding techniques for multi-hop mobile relaying communications; and the design of opportunistic solutions to increase the end-to-end reliability and efficiency of MCN-MR systems.
UWICORE's 2011 publications
20th December 2011
UWICORE would like to celebrate the end of a successfull 2011 year. UWICORE has published its latest results on vehicular communications, heterogeneous wireless networks, multi-hop cellular networks, and wireless industrial communications in important journal publications such as Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. UWICORE has also presented its research results in major international (ISWCS, IEEE ETFA, IEEE SIES, and IEEE WONS) and national (JITEL, URSI, Telecom I+D) conferences.
Javier Gozalvez, invited speaker at the ITS Industry Forum in IEEE Globecom 2011
12th December 2011
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez participated as invited speaker at the Intelligent Transportation Industry Forum organized within the IEEE Globecom 2011 conference in Houston (5-9 December 2011). Globecom is the largest IEEE communications conference, and the 2011 conference attracted over 2200 participants with more than1000 papers being presented. The ITS Industry Forum was organized by David Wei (Fordham University, USA), Teruo Higashino (Osaka University, Japan) and Kshirasagar Naik (University of Waterloo, Canada). The speakers included Hiroshi Shigeno (Keio University, Japan), Fredrik Tufvesson (Lund University, Sweden), Russell Hsing and Shinichi Takeda (Telcordia Technologies, USA) and Javier Gozalvez. UWICORE's presentation, entitled 'Contextual and Adaptive Protocol Design for Efficient and Reliable Cooperative Vehicular Communications', presented UWICORE's view regarding the need for more efficient and reliable cooperative vehicular communications and networking protocols. The presentation also included UWICORE's latest V2V active safety testing conducted with its unique testing platform.
UWICORE and IKUSI sign a research contract to develop a cooperative RSU
4th December 2011
UWICORE and IKUSI have signed a research contract under the framework of the national project COONTROLER (Cooperative Infrastructure for Dynamic and Efficient Traffic Management) to design, implement and test a cooperative road side unit to be used in future cooperative vehicular systems for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications. The unit to be designed will be fully compliant with international standards, in particular the ETSI Technical Committee on ITS standards, and will include a modular approach to easily facilitate the evolution of the platform and gradually introduce novel cooperative vehicular applications.
Javier Gozalvez, panelist at the 2011 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference
17th November 2011
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez participated as invited panelist at the 2011 IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference that took place in Amsterdam (14-16 November 2011). The panel 'LTE vs. IEEE 802.11p – which technology to go for?' discussed the potential of cellular and 802.11p to successfully provide the technological needs of future cooperative vehicular systems, as well as future research challenges in cooperative vehicular communications and networking. The panel was moderated by Frank Kargl, University of Twente (Netherlands), and included as speakers Falko Dressler, University of Innsbruck (Austria), Jeffrey Miller, University of Alaska (USA), Erik Lambers, NXP (Netherlands), and Rene Rembarz, Ericsson (Germany).
UWICORE receives the 2nd and 3rd best paper awards at Telecom I+D
2nd October 2011
UWICORE researchers received the 2nd and 3rd best paper awards at the spanish telecomunications conference Telecom I+D that took place in Santander (28-30 September 2011). The 2nd best paper award was received by Sara Hernández, Hector Moner, Javier Gozalvez, Ernesto Armada, David de la Fuente and Miguel Sepulcre for their paper entitled 'INTELVIA: Plataforma Inalámbrica Multi-Tecnología para la Señalización, Seguridad y Gestión de Infraestructuras Viales'. The paper presents UWICORE activities in the INTELVIA project where UWICORE is working to design and implement a proof of concept experimental testbed of a novel wireless road signalling solution for cooperative ITS systems. The third best paper award was received by Miguel Sepulcre, Jose Antonio Palazón and Javier Gozalvez for their paper entitled 'Evaluación de Comunicaciones Heterogéneas para el Despliegue de Redes de Sensores en Entornos Industriales'. The paper presents UWICORE activities in the FASYS project where UWICORE is investigating wireless sensor networks for mobile applications in industrial environments. The paper presents the results of an extensive field testing campaign for heterogeneous wireless networks in industrial environments.
Javier Gozalvez, elected Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
15th September 2011
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez has been elected to the first class of Distinguished Lecturers of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS). The IEEE VTS Distinguished Lecturer Program provides Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) local chapters throughout the world with presentations by experts on topics of interest and importance to the Vehicular Technology membership community. The election represents a high scientific honour and recognition from peer colleagues. Javier has been elected together with 40 colleagues from some of the most important research institutions such as MIT, University of Texas, Seoul National University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Honk Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Georgia Institute of Technology, Bell Labs, Toyota InfoTechnology Center or Sony. Lectures offered by Javier include: ‘Cooperative Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Communication and Networking Protocols’, ‘Vehicular Communications Field Tests for Active Traffic Safety and Urban Radio Coverage’, and ‘Multi-Hop Cellular Networks using Mobile Relays in Heterogeneous Wireless Systems’. More information on the program can be found in http://www.vtsociety.org.
UWICORE first to implement the IEEE802.11 MAC on USRP2
10th September 2011
UWICORE has been the first laboratory worlwide to implement the IEEE 802.11 MAC on the USRP2 platform and release it to the research community. The implemented 802.11 MAC is fully compliant with the IEEE standard, and has been programmed to allow for an easy modular integration with PHY and network layers. The implementation was presented in UWICORE's 2010 IFIP/IEEE Wireless Days (WD'10) paper. UWICORE has since then evolved the implementation to include parts of the IEEE 802.11s standard, in particular those related with networking and peer mesh selection. Interested researchers can contact UWICORE's Director to have access to the source code (the 802.11s is not yet available to the community but will be shortly).
Javier Gozalvez, TPC Co-Chair at the 2011 IEEE VTC Fall Conference
4th September 2011
UWICORE's Director Javier Gozalvez co-chaired the Technical Program Committee of the 2011 IEEE 74th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2011-Fall that took place in San Francisco (5-8 September 2011). VTC is the flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and is held twice a year. The conference was chaired by Jan Uddenfeldt from Sony Ericsson, and the TPC Co-Chairs were Jeffrey Miller (University of Alaska, Anchorage, USA) and Sadayuki Tsugawa (Meijo University, Japan).
UWICORE participates on a special issue on Vehicular Communications of Proceedings of the IEEE
20th July 2011
UWICORE was invited to participate in a unique special issue of the Proceedings of the IEEE on Vehicular Communications published in its July 2011. The special issue guest editors included Erik G. Ström (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden), Hannes Hartenstein (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Paolo Santi (CNR, Italy) and Werner Wiesbeck (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany). UWICORE's contribution, entitled 'Congestion and Awareness Control in Cooperative Vehicular Systems' and co-authored with colleagues from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and CNR, reviews methods to ensure that each vehicle can detect and communicate with neighboring vehicles in order to avoid saturation of the V2X channel and prevent dangerous instability. The paper includes a discussion on the novel concept of Awareness Control proposed by UWICORE researchers Javier Gozalvez and Miguel Sepulcre.
UWICORE develops the first multi-hop cellular with mobile relays research testbed
20th June 2011
UWICORE has developed a unique experimental research testbed to investigate the performance and effectiveness of Multi-hop Cellular Networks based on Mobile Relays (MCN-MR). The testbed has been implemented to study in real-time and using commercial cellular networks the benefits that can be obtained through MCN-MR networks. The testbed has been used to characterise the MCN-MR performance under various operating conditions, and is now being used to derive the first MCN-MR performance models available in the community. The testbed was first presented at the IEEE LCN 2010 conference that took place in Denver.
Miguel Sepulcre receives a national best PhD thesis award
20th June 2011
Miguel Sepulcre has been awarded by the COIT (Spanish official association of Telecommunication Engineers) with the ONO prize to the best PhD thesis in "Innovation in Advanced Services over new Generation Networks". The COIT annualy awards the best PhD thesis and Master thesis in Spain, being this year the 31st edition of the contest. Aspects such as originality, quality of the obtained results, and applicability have been taken into account by the evaluators. The thesis, entitled 'Adaptive Communication Protocols for Cooperative Vehicular Systems', focuses on the design and optimisation of novel adaptive and contextual cooperative communication techniques and protocols aimed at ensuring the reliability required by cooperative applications while efficiently using the communication resources, and was supervised by Uwicore's director, Dr. Javier Gozalvez. The awards ceremony will take place at the Instituto de la Ingeniería de España (Madrid) next 22nd of June 2010.
Research Seminar on Service-Oriented Architectures for Wireless Sensor/actuator Networks and Disruption Tolerant Networking
19th May 2011
Dr. Jérémie Leguay from Thales Communications (Colombes, France) has been invited by the Uwicore laboratory to provide a research seminar entitled 'System architectures and networking solutions for highly constrained networked systems'. The seminar, that will also be offered as part of UMH's Research Masters on Telecommunications and Industrial Engineering, will take place at the Salón de Grados, Edificio Quorum V on monday 23rd May 2011 at 17h00. Interested students and researchers are invited to attend. More information on the seminar can be found on the attached summary.
Javier Gozalvez, elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
20th March 2011
Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez has been elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (http://www.vtsociety.org/) for the term 2011-2013. This is the first time a spanish IEEE member has been elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. The Board of Governors is responsible for defining the society's strategy, and manage the overall functioning of the society. Other elected members for the BoG include: J.R. Cruz, Dennis Bodson, Bih Yuan Ku and Joel Snyder.
UWICORE invited to a special issue on Multimedia Distributed Networks of the IEEE Comsoc Multimedia Communications Technical Committee E-Letter
4th March 2011
UWICORE was invited to participate in a special issue on Multimedia Distributed Networks of the IEEE Comsoc Multimedia Communications Technical Committee E-Letter. The special issue, published in its March 2011 issue, presents various international projects in the areas of mobile multimedia, cooperative multimedia, multi-hop wireless networks, cognitive radio, video transmission and processing, multimedia in WSN, multimedia mobile social networks, and peer-to-peer networks. UWICORE's contribution focused on its m-hop project activities where UWICORE members are investigating the capabilities of multi-hop cellular networks based on mobile relays in heterogeneous wireless networks.
UWICORE and IDIADA Automotive Technology develop a V2V active safety testing platform
4th February 2011
UWICORE and its technological partner IDIADA Automotive Technology have developed the first Spanish 802.11p-based Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) Communications testing platform. The platform has been developed in the framework of the ITS-ASSESS national project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, and has been used to test active safety applications (such as Intersection Collision Avoidance, or Emergency Electronic Brake Light) under critical conditions. The testing includes novel tests to investigate the impact of communications interference on the effectiveness of cooperative vehicular applications.
Positions available at Uwicore
26th September 2010
Uwicore is looking to hire different Engineers working on the application of wireless communications to Intelligent Transportation Systems and Industrial Environments. Please check the following offer: FASyS project.
Research Seminar on Wireless Sensor Networks for Building Management
15th June 2010
Dr. Dirk Pesch from Cork Institute of Technology (Cork, Ireland) has been invited by the Uwicore laboratory to provide a research seminar entitled 'Wireless Sensor Networks for Building Management'. The seminar, that will also be offered as part of UMH's Research Masters on Telecommunications and Industrial Engineering, will take place at the Salón de Grados, Edificio Quorum V on thursday 8th July 2010 at 17h00. Interested students and researchers are invited to attend. More information on the seminar can be found on the attached summary.
Research Seminar on the Fundamental Limits of Broadcasting in Wireless MultiHop Networks
15th June 2010
Dr. Paolo Santi from the Istituto di Informatica e Telematica del CNR (Pisa, Italy) has been invited by the Uwicore laboratory to provide a research seminar entitled 'The Fundamental Limits of Broadcasting in Wireless MultiHop Networks'. The seminar, that will also be offered as part of UMH's Research Masters on Telecommunications and Industrial Engineering, will take place at the Salón de Grados, Edificio Quorum V on wednesday 7th July 2010 at 18h00. Interested students and researchers are invited to attend. More information on the seminar can be found on the attached summary.
Miguel Sepulcre's PhD defense
1st June 2010
Miguel Sepulcre will defend its PhD thesis on Wednesday 7th of July 2010. The thesis, entitled 'Adaptive Communication Protocols for Cooperative Vehicular Systems', will present Miguel's contributions on the design and optimisation of novel adaptive and contextual cooperative communication techniques and protocols aimed at ensuring the reliability required by cooperative applications while efficiently using the communication resources. Miguel will apply for the European Doctorate after a three months visiting period at Prof. Hannes Hartenstein laboratory at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The defense will take place at the Salón de Grados, Edificio Quorum V at 11h15. Interested students and researchers are invited to attend.
New Uwicore members to work on the Intelvia project
1st June 2010
Four new members (Sara Hernandez, David de la Fuente, Ernesto Armada and Hector Moner) have joined the Uwicore laboratory to work on the INTELVIA project. The INTELVIA project is aimed at developing, validating and implementing a new integrated system for a safe, efficient and intelligent traffic management through the integration of control, signalling and communication systems. To achieve its goals, INTELVIA will focus on developing artificial vision and cooperative vehicular communication technologies, which will be deployed along the road infrastructure and on-board vehicles. Within INTELVIA, the Uwicore laboratory will work on cooperative vehicular communication systems both within the vehicle and along the road infrastructure network. The new members bring their hardware and software expertise acquired in companies and institutions such Vodafone R&D, HP, Innobo or the University of Strathclyde (UK) to the Uwicore laboratory.
Positions available at Uwicore
18th March 2010
Uwicore is looking to hire different Engineers working on the application of wireless communications to Intelligent Transportation Systems and Industrial Environments. Please check the following 3 offers: INTELVIA project, FASyS project and iTETRIS project.
Research Seminar at KIT
15th February 2010
As part of its visit to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Dr. Javier Gozalvez gave a research seminar on the recent cooperative vehicular communications research activities of the Uwicore laboratory. The seminar, entitled 'Adaptive and Contextual Communication Techniques for Efficient and Reliable Cooperative Vehicular Systems' reviewed Uwicore's activities in projects like iTETRIS, eTRANSIT and ITS-ASSESS, in addition to presenting the laboratory and its overall research activities.
11th February 2010
Uwicore's Director, Dr. Javier Gozalvez, recently participated as member of the jury in the PhD defenses of Daniel Calabuig (Technical University of Valencia, Spain) and Felix Schmidt-Eisenlhor (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany). Daniel's thesis was entitled 'Common Radio Resource Management Strategies for Quality of Service Support in Heterogeneous Wireless Networks', and Felix's 'Interference in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Networks - Analysis, Modeling, Simulation and Assessment'. Congratulations to both candidates for their PhD work and their successful defenses!
Kick-off meeting of the FASyS project
21st December 2009
Uwicore participated in the kick-off meeting of the FASyS project at Nextel premises in Bilbao on the 21st of December 2009. FASyS is a unique 23Meuro R&D project aimed at developing a new factory model that significantly reduces the safety and health risks of its workers, while improving their productivity and confort. Within FASyS, Uwicore, together with its industrial partners INDRA and Nextel, will lead the development of FASyS wireless communications systems, encompassing wireless sensor networks and hybrid wireless/cellular backhaul solutions.
Uwicore participates at POLIS'2009
11th December 2009
Michele Rondinone attended the Polis Conference, that took place in 10-11 December in Brussels (Belgium), to present the EU FP7 iTETRIS project. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Uwicore participates at Telecom I+D 2009
24th November 2009
Alberto Rodriguez and Baldomero Coll attended Telecom I+D 2009, that took place in 24-26 November 2009 in Madrid (Spain), to present Uwicore's research on multi-hop cellular networks and cooperative protocols. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Baldomero Coll awarded Highest Telecommunications Engineering Honours at UMH
15th November 2009
Baldomero Coll, a PhD student at Uwicore, has been awarded the Highest Telecommunications Engineering Honours at University Miguel Hernandez of Elche. This yearly distinction recognises the student that achieved the highest academic records for each degree taught at UMH. Baldomero conducted his final degree project at Uwicore. After graduation, he joined Uwicore first as a research assistant working on the ICARUS project, and now as PhD student. He is currently investigating multi-hop cellular systems with mobile ad-hoc relays.
Kick-off meeting of the INTELVIA project
4th November 2009
Uwicore participated in the kick-off meeting of the INTELVIA project at Ikusi premises in San Sebastian on the 4th of November 2009. The INTELVIA project is aimed at developing, validating and implementing a new integrated system for a safe, efficient and intelligent traffic management through the integration of control, signalling and communication systems. Uwicore will lead the development of a novel radio traffic signalling system that will complement, and potentially even substitute current signalling solutions.
Uwicore's Director, Guest Editor of a journal special issue on WAVE technologies
4th November 2009
A special issue on 'Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments' has just been published by the international journal EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking. Uwicore's Director, Prof. Javier Gozalvez, participated as Guest Editor in this special issue together with Prof. Weidong Xiang (University of Michigan, USA), Dr. Onur Altintas (Toyota, Japan), Prof. Eylem Ekici (Ohio State University, USA) and Prof. Zhisheng Niu (Tsinghua University, China). The special issue can be found at:http://www.hindawi.com/journals/wcn/2009/si.4.html.
Uwicore's Director chairs WiVeC'2010 in Taipei
3rd November 2009
Uwicore's Director, Prof. Javier Gozalvez, will act as General co-Chair for the 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC'2010) to be held in Taipei (Taiwan) on the 16th and 17th of May 2010. The WiVeC symposium, founded by Uwicore's Director, will visit for the first time Asia. This year's edition is Co-Chaired by Prof Shie-Yuan Wang from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. TPC Co-Chairs are Dr. Jerome Haerri from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, and Dr. Daniel Jiang from Mercedes-Benz R&D in the US. Interested colleagues can find the call for papers, and more information on the event at: http://www.ieeevtc.org/wivec2010/.
Uwicore participates at IEEE WLN'2009
23rd October 2009
Baldomero Coll attended the IEEE 9th International Workshop on Wireless Local Networks (WLN'09), that took place in 23rd October 2009 in Zurich (Switzerland), to present Uwicore's research on multi-hop cellular networks. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
15th October 2009
Felix Schmidt-Eisenlohr from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Germany will give a seminar titled "Interference in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Networks".
The seminar will be held in the Alcudia building (seminar room 048) on Monday 26th October 2009 at 12:30.
The abstract of the seminar and a speaker's short bio can be found here.
Successful First Annual iTETRIS review!
3rd October 2009
The iTETRIS project successfully passed its first year review process on the 2nd of October 2009. After a first hectic year, the project presented its results with success to the European Commission and the project reviewers. The project is now working to further improve its impact building from this first year achievements.soon, the iTETRIS platform will be fully available.
First iTETRIS workshop
3rd October 2009
The first iTETRIS workshop took place in Lille (France) on the 21st of October 2009. The event was co-located with the 9th International Conference on ITS Telecommunications (http://itst2009.inrets.fr/). iTETRIS partners presented the project's first year achievements to an international audience. Among speakers, the workshop counted with the participation of Mr. Stefanos Gouvras from the EC, Melanie Kloth from Polis, Thomas Benz from the Pre-drive project, and Thierry Ernst from Geonet.
Uwicore participates at URSI 2009
16th September 2009
Mari Carmen Lucas attended URSI'2009, that took place in 16-18 September 2009 in Cantabria (Spain), to present Uwicore's research on multi-hop cellular networks. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
UMH will organize and host the 2012 Spanish Conference on Telecommunications
15th September 2009
The University Miguel Hernandez of Elche will organize and host the 2012 National Conference on Telecommunications (URSI'2012). URSI is the main Spanish scientific conference in the area of telecommunications engineering. It covers topics such mobile and wireless communications, antennas and microwaves, optical communications, signal processing and networking. The conference usually attracts over 300 participants from all over Spain. URSI'2012 will be co-chaired by Uwicore's Director Prof. Javier Gozalvez.
Uwicore participates at Jitel 2009
15th September 2009
Alberto Rodriguez attended Jitel 2009, that took place in 15-17 September 2009 in Cartagena (Spain), to present Uwicore's research on multi-hop cellular networks and cooperative protocols. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Uwicore participates at IEEE PIMRC'2009
13th September 2009
Baldomero Coll and Javier Gozalvez attended the 20th IEEE Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications Symposium (PIMRC'09), that took place in 13-16 September 2009 in Tokyo (Japan), to present Uwicore's research on multi-hop cellular networks and CRRM. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Uwicore participates at ISWCS'2009
7th September 2009
Javier Gozalvez attended the 6th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems 2009 (ISWCS'09), that took place in 7-10 September 2009 in Siena (Italy), to present Uwicore's research Common Radio Resource Management. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Baldomero Coll awarded a PhD fellowship from the Cajamurcia Foundation
1st September 2009
Baldomero Coll, a research assistant at Uwicore working on the ICARUS project, has been awarded a PhD fellowship from the Cajamurcia Foundation. Baldomero will start his PhD work on multi-hop cellular networking, investigating issues as the multi-hop cellular connectivity, networking protocols and energy efficiency.
Uwicore participates at ICT-MobileSummit 2009
16th June 2009
Ramon Bauza attended the Information and Communications Technologies ICT-MobileSummit 2009, that took place in 16-18 June 2009 in Santander (Spain), to present Uwicore's research on cooperative vehicular communications within the iTETRIS project. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Uwicore's Director, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE VTC2009-Spring in Barcelona
26th April 2009
Uwicore's Director, Prof. Javier Gozalvez, acted as TPC co-Chair, together with Prof. Oriol Sallent from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, for the IEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009-Spring that took place in Barcelona (Spain). The conference was chaired by Professor Ramon Agusti and Mr Jose Luis Ripoll (President of Vodafone Foundation in Spain). This was the first time VTC visited Spain, and the conference was an overall success! More information on the event (including keynote and panel presentations) can be found at: http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2009spring/.
Uwicore participates at IEEE VTC2009 Spring
26th April 2009
Miguel Sepulcre and Javier Gozalvez attended the IEEE 69th Vehicular Technology Conference VTC2009-Spring, that took place in 26-29 April 2009 in Barcelona (Spain), to present Uwicore's research on cooperative vehicular communications. More information on Uwicore's publication and research websites.
Start of the mHOP project
10th January 2009
Uwicore is starting its mHOP national 3-year R&D project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This project is aimed at investigating multi-hop cellular communications for heterogeneous Beyond 3G systems with a special interest on mobile relaying solutions. In particular, the project will address three key factors to ensure the viability and performance of MCN solutions: multi-hop link level connectivity, cooperation between mobile terminals, and integration of MCN systems in an heterogeneous networking environment.
Launch of the ICARUS project
1st November 2008
The ICARUS project has started its activities that will last until the middle of 2010. The project will implement an efficient, accurate and scalable virtual distributed testbed (VDT) to support cross-system and cross-layer optimization of heterogeneous systems in a unified manner. In addition to participating in the integration of an heterogeneous wireless networking platform through the use of Uwicore's SPHERE simulation platform, Uwicore leads within ICARUS the Wireless Network Optimisation and Convergence workpackage. The goal of this WP is to provide new cross-layer and cross-system algorithms for the ICARUS scenarios.
The iTRANSFER project has started its activities and will end at the beginning of march 2010. The project is aimed at developing, implementing and optimizing a wireless train communications platform based on the WiMAX standard. The platform will provide train-to-ground broadband wireless connectivity for the deployment of real-time on board video surveillance, and the provision of multimedia and internet services to train passengers. The platform will be developed and tested in FGV's metro and subway in Alicante.
Launch of the ITS-ASSESS project
30th July 2008
Applus+ Idiada and Uwicore have launched the national and industrial R&D project ITS-ASSESS. The project investigates cooperative vehicular communications testing protocols for traffic safety applications. Uwicore will be developing the cooperative vehicular platform and assist Idiada on testing the cooperative communications, and developing testing protocols for novel V2V and V2I communications.
Kick-off meeting of the FP7 iTETRIS project
6th July 2008
Uwicore participated at the kick-off meeting of the iTETRIS project that took place in Thales Communications offices in Paris. The iTETRIS project is developing an integrated simulation platform allowing for large-scale studies on the impact and potential of cooperative vehicular communication technologies to dynamically and efficiently manage road traffic. In iTETRIS, Uwicore is leading the development of the cooperative vehicular communications platform seamlessly integrating IEEE802.11p/WAVE, UMTS, WiMAX and DVB-H communications capabilities, and participating in the development of cooperative networking protocols.
Uwicore's Director chairs WiVeC'2008 in Calgary
4th May 2008
Uwicore's Director, Prof. Javier Gozalvez, will act as General co-Chair for the 2nd IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC'2008) to be held in Calgary (Canada) on the 21st and 22nd of September 2008. This year's edition is Co-Chaired by Professor Mario Gerla from UCLA in the US. TPC Co-Chairs are Dr. Andreas Festag from NEC in Germany, and Professor Daniel Stancil from Carnegie Mellon University in the US. More information: http://www.ieeevtc.org/wivec2008/.
Uwicore's Director to provide UMH's Engineers graduation speech
25th February 2008
Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez has been invited to provide the graduation speech at the 2008 Graduation Ceremony of the new Graduate Engineers from the University Miguel Hernandez of Elche. The ceremony will take place on Thrusday 28th of February with representatives from the telecommunications and industrial engineering communities. The speech will address the new approaches needed in engineering, mainly a system and multi-disciplinary approach, and the rol to be play by engineers in the society.
Uwicore, invited speaker at the Pervasive Broadband Wireless Access - Towards Long Term Evolution workshop organised in Lisbon
28th January 2008
Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez has been invited to present Uwicore research activities at the Pervasive Broadband Wireless Access - Towards Long Term Evolution workshop that will take place on the 19th February 2008 at the Instituto Superior Técnico congress center. The workshop, organised by Ordem dos Engenheiros, the Portuguese Engineers Association, and Institute for Telecommunications (IT), is aimed at discussing 4G perspectives and research challenges. In this context, Uwicore will present its research activities in wireless vehicular communication systems, and discuss the role to play by wireless vehicular communication technologies in the research and development of 4G systems. In fact, wireless vehicular communication systems represent an excellent testbed in which to develop reliable and efficient 4G technologies, given that future vehicular systems will employ them in extreme technical scenarios. In addition, wireless vehicular systems will heavily rely on ad-hoc technologies that will be the base of future multi-hop cellular systems, a key future technology in which Uwicore has started investigating.
Uwicore and GMV Spain interviewed by Discovery Channel about wireless vehicular communication systems
20th January 2008
The Discovery Channel has recently published an article on the future wireless vehicular communication systems. In the article, Jose Ignacio Herrero Zarzosa, project manager at GMV Spain and coordinator of the European Reposit project, and Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez briefly review the challenges ahead in making a reality the future wireless vehicular communication systems, and their perspectives on traffic safety.
Uwicore paper selected among the top 5 papers at the IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC)
8th January 2008
Uwicore's paper "Opportunistic-Driven Adaptive Radio Resource Management Technique for Efficient Wireless Vehicular Communications", authored by Javier Gozalvez and Miguel Sepulcre, has been selected among the top 5 papers at the IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC) that took place from the 30th September to the 1st October 2007 in Baltimore (USA). The paper presents Uwicore's OPRAM proposal to adaptively modify the transmission parameters (e.g., transmission power and/or rate) in wireless vehicular communications systems based on the potential presence of a road danger. The proposed mechanism is able to guarantee the established QoS thresholds (in this case, guaranteeing a driver is informed of a potential driving danger with sufficient time to react) while efficiently using the radio resources and minimizing channel congestion. Although the proposal initially considers Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) communications and traffic safety applications, it could easily be extended for Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications and other applications like traffic efficiency or Internet on the move. The best 5 papers of the conference will now be published in a special issue of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. The other 4 selected papers are:
Experimental Analysis of Dense Vehicular Networks: An ORBIT Testbed Case Study, Kishore Ramachandran and Marco Gruteser, WINLAB, Rutgers University, USA.
V2V Channels and Performance of Multi-user Spread Spectrum Modulation, Indranil Sen and David W. Matolak, Ohio University, USA
Non-Isotropic Fading Channel Model for the Highway Environment, Jared Dulmage and Michael P. Fitz, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Six Time- and Frequency-Selective Empirical Channel Models for Vehicular Wireless LANs, Guillermo Acosta-Marum and Mary Ann Ingram, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
For a second consecutive year, a Uwicore member receives the France Telecom Foundation Award at the main Young Scientist contest in Spain
5th December 2007
Uwicore's Mari Carmen Lucas Estañ has received the France Telecom Foundation Award at the main Young Scientist contest in Spain, the VI Certamen Universitario "Arquímedes" de Introducción a la Investigación Científica. The contest has been created by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science to distinguish university students that are developing original ideas that will contribute to the development of research activities in Spanish universities. Mari Carmen's work was initially selected among the best 25 to participate in the final phase at the University of Alcalá, where she was then awarded the France Telecom Foundation award. In her work, Mari Carmen has been studying the use of bankruptcy policies for radio resource management in mobile and wireless systems with heterogeneous multimedia traffic. The use of bankruptcy policies was considered because of their use in situations where the value of a company is inferior to its debts and therefore a sharing scheme needs to be put in place. This is exactly the situation that can be foreseen as mobile and wireless traffic and bandwidth increases with the introduction of multimedia applications. Prior to Mari Carmen's success, Uwicore's alumni Miguel López Benítez was awarded the France Telecom Foundation award at the 2006 Arquimedes contest for his research activities on beyond 3G or 4G common radio resource management schemes for heterogeneous wireless networks.
Uwicore's Miguel Sepulcre obtains the DEA degree for his research on wireless vehicular communications
14th November 2007
Uwicore's Miguel Sepulcre has obtained the DEA (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados) degree at the University Miguel Hernández for his research on wireless vehicular communications. The DEA is a Spanish degree that must be obtained prior to the PhD. Miguel presented his work on the development of adaptive and contextual wireless vehicular communication policies in realistic operating environments. The proposals are aimed at ensuring that the communications between neighbouring vehicles is capable of satisfying the Quality of Service required by the most strict applications (in particular, traffic safety) while minimizing the interference to other vehicles and hence maximizing the system's capacity.
Uwicore members receive best paper award in national research telecoms conference
1st November 2007
Uwicore members Miguel Sepulcre and Javier Gozalvez received the second best paper award at the Spanish national telecoms conference 'Telecom I+D' celebrated in Valencia from the 29th to the 31st of October. This event has been established over its seventeen editions as one of the most important national R&D events in telecommunications. The event is sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and some of the leading companies such as Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, Motorola and Telefonica. The awarded paper presented Uwicore's proposal of using adaptive and opportunistic transmission mechanisms in wireless vehicular communication systems in order not only to prevent road accidents but also maximise's the system's capacity by efficiently using the radio transmission channel. The paper also evaluates different schemes to compensate the mechanism's performance degradation under congested radio channels.
Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez invited to participate at the 4th Hands on Wireless and Mobile event
24th October 2007
Uwicore's Director Javier Gozalvez has been invited to present Uwicore's research activities in wireless vehicular communications at the forthcoming Hands on Wireless & Mobile event in Zamudio from the 14th to the 16th of November. The event analyses the most important mobile and wireless technologies by invited distinguished researchers in the field. The event is being organized by AmIGUNE, a long-term collaborative Research Programme among the leading Technology Centres and Universities of the Basque Country. As part of this fourth edition of the event, a special session on wireless vehicular communications is being organized by Telefonica R&D, as leader of the Vehicular Networks (VENS) working group of the Spanish mobile and wireless research platform. Uwicore is one of the invited organisations to present its research on developing efficient and reliable communication protocols for wireless vehicular communication systems.
Uwicore celebrates the launch of the UMH's radio
17th October 2007
The University Miguel Hernandez (UMH) has recently launched its new radio station which is now available online and will be soon broadcasted in the whole Alicante's region. Uwicore would like to congratulate the UMH's radio team for such achievement, and in particular, our Signal Theory and Communications Division colleague Javier Gimeno who has 'fathered' the creation of the UMH radio station. The content of the radio programs will be jointly prepared by UMH students and academics.
Uwicore chairs and co-founds the first IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC)
15th September 2007
Uwicore's Director, Javier Gozalvez, has founded as part of its activities as Chair of the 'Ad-hoc Vehicular Communications' Technical Committee of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, the IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC). WiVeC will be co-chaired by Javier and Professor Mario Gerla from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). The event will be attended by over 150 delegates and will present and discuss the latest research results in the field of wireless vehicular communications for improving road safety and efficiency. More information can be found at http://www.ieee-wivec.org
Uwicore has been invited by Telcordia Technologies to present to its research activities
3rd September 2007
Javier Gozalvez, Uwicore's Director, has been invited by Telcordia Technologies to present Uwicore's research activities at its Corporate Headquarters in Piscataway (New Jersey) on the 26th of September. Telcordia Technologies is a multinational R&D company providing software, services and research support to leading communication companies. Uwicore will present to Telcordia employees its latest research activities in wireless vehicular communications and 4G, areas in which Telcordia is currently very active.
Uwicore invited to participate in the first Spanish eTIC in vehicles technological meeting
20th July 2007
Uwicore is one of the only three research groups from Spanish universities that have been invited to present their research work on wireless vehicular communications at the forthcoming event 'Encuentro Tecnológico Las eTics en el sector del automóvil '. This event, that will take place on the 4th of Octover, is co-organised by the Spanish Foundation for Road Safety (FITSA - Fundación Instituto Tecnológico para la Seguridad del Automóvil) and the Spanish Telecommunications employer's association (AETIC -Asociación de Empresas de Electrónica, Tecnologías de la Información y Telecomunicaciones de España ). This national forum has been created to establish research links and future partnerships between the most active companies, research centers and universities in the area of wireless vehicular communications for road safety and management. Uwicore will present his activities on both road safety and traffic management through V2V wireless communications. The event will take place at Science Technological Park in Malaga.
Uwicore presents its latest research at major technical international events
25th June 2007
Uwicore will participate in the forthcoming editions of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall (VTC), IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Vehicular Communications (WiVeC), and IEEE International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS). Uwicore will present its latest results on its research on heterogeneous multimedia radio resource management, and wireless vehicular communications. The publications to be presented are listed in the publications section.
Uwicore will participate in the main Spanish telecommunications technical conferences
2nd June 2007
Once again, Uwicore will present its latest research at the main Spanish telecommunications events: URSI and Telecom I+D 2007. URSI is the main telecommunications event and will take place this year at Tenerife in the Canary Islands. On the other hand, Telecom I+D is a more industrially focused event aimed at presenting research work with important industrial potential. At both events, Uwicore will present its latest results on its research on heterogeneous multimedia radio resource management, WiMAX planning and system design and wireless vehicular communications. The publications to be presented are listed in the publications section.