Performance Evaluation of Vehicular Networks

This is an extension of our research project, Network Connectivity in Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks, which involved a MITACS Globalink intern student in Summer 2010. Vehicular networks, in either vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) or vehicle-to-infrastructure
(V2I) forms, have the potential to considerably improve road safety, travel comfort and trip efficiency, and have attracted a lot of attention from both industry and academia in the last few years. Due to the high mobility and short contact time, vehicular networks have also brought many new challenges to traditional network protocols designed for the Internet or other mobile ad hoc networks, since vehicular networks have to support various time and location-critical applications such as emergency message  dissemination and location-based services. Our research focuses on the topology control, due to the high mobility and short
contact time in vehicular networks, and its impact on the media access control, routing and forwarding protocols. We study the topology control in both V2V (e.g., vehicle platoons) and V2I (e.g., drive-thru Internet) scenarios. We also study how to use vehicle mobility and inter-vehicle cooperation to further improve the network performance. The research involves protocol design, modeling and analysis, simulation and emulation, and system prototyping. The MITACS intern student will mainly focus on simulation and simple prototyping. For more information about the research project and the related projects and the experience of the last MITACS intern, please see and

The intern student will work with faculty members and graduate students, learning
through the research process and helping with simulation and simple prototyping,
which will lead to publishable work with technology transfer potentials.

Lovereen Kaur
Faculty Supervisor: 
Dr. Jianping Pan
British Columbia