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Verkehrstelematik (Traffic Telematics)

Verkehrstelematik (Traffic Telematics)
type: Lecture links:
chair: ITM Hartenstein
place: SR 217, RZ (Building 20.21)
time: Tue, 09:45-11:15
Winter semester 2009/2010
lecturer: J. Härri
H. Hartenstein
sws: 2
lv-no.: 24148


Traffic Telematics solutions aim at adding information and communication technologies to transportation infrastructures and vehicles in order to allow public agencies and transportation companies to improve traffic safety such as road accidents or hazardous road conditions, or traffic efficiency such as traffic load, fuel consumption, commuting time or toll systems. By using wireless communication technologies between vehicles and with the road infrastructure, the required traffic information becomes faster and more precisely available. Thanks to this, exisiting systems could be improved but it is also possible to develop new approaches, for example in the domain of active road safety.

In order to understand traffic telematics, one not only need to study the methodologies and protocols managing the transmission, reception and handling of information among vehicles and with transportation infrastructures, but also the wireless communication conditions between them. It may therefore be seen as an extension of mobile communication to the challenging mobile wireless vehicular environment, yet by also considering transportation-specific constraints such as a specific vehicular mobility. Traffic telematics solutions therefore lie at the junction between Computer Science, Telecommunication, and Transportation Science.

In detail, the following topics will be treated:

  • Introduction to Traffic Telematics
  • Fundamentals on Networked Vehicles
  • Vehicular Mobility Modeling
  • Fundamentals on Radio Communication in Vehicular Environments
  • Middleware Architecture and Standards
  • Simulation Methodology
  • Congestion Control
  • Positioning Systems and Location Management
  • Forwarding and Routing in Vehicular Environments
  • Information Dissemination in Vehicular Environments
  • Security in Vehicular Environments
  • Internet Integration
  • Vehicular Mobility Management
  • Graph Theory applied to Traffic Telematics
  • Most recent trends and research results

Learning Objectives

In this lecture, the students will understand the challenges and required mechanisms to efficiently interconnect vehicles and transportation infrastructures. He will also gain a deep understanding on major application domains of traffic telematics, such as traffic safety, traffic efficiency, or infotainment and comfort.

In details, the student will learn how to formulate and model problems typically observed in traffic telematics, and will investigate the impact and benefits of vehicular communications in the different application areas of traffic telematics.


Current Literature

D. Helbing, ``Verkehrsdynamik: Neue physikalische Modellierungskonzepte'', Springer, 1997, ISBN: 978-3-540-61927-7.
P. Carlo Cacciabue (Ed.), ``Modelling Driver Behaviour in Automotive Environments'', Springer, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-84628-617-9.
P. Santi, ``Topology Control in Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks'', John Wiley & Sons, 2005, ISBN: 978-0-470-09453-2.
I. Stojmenovic (Ed.), ``Handbook of Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing'', John Wiley & Sons, 2002, ISBN: 978-0-471-41902-0
S. Basagni, M. Conti, S. Giordano, I. Stojmenovic (Eds.), ``Mobile Ad Hoc Networking'', John Wiley & Sons, 2004, ISBN: 978-0-471-37313-1
M.K. Simon, M-S. Alouini, ``Digital Communication over Fading Channels: A Unified Approach to Performance Analysis'', Wiley-Interscience, 2000, ISBN: 978-0471317791.
Marc Torrent Moreno, ``Inter-Vehicle Communications : Achieving Safety in a Distributed Wireless Environment : Challenges, Systems and Protocols'', Ph.D Dissertation, Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe, 2007, ISBN 978-3-86644-175-0.
W. Franz, H. Hartenstein, M. Mauve (Eds.) ``Inter-Vehicle-Communications - Based on Ad Hoc Networking Principles'', published by Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe, 2005, ISBN 3-937300-88-0.