Thursday, 9 December 2010

Advanced Communications and Information Technologies
for Intelligent Transportation Systems

(Chair: David Wei, Fordham University, USA)
(Advisors:  Kshirasagar Naik, University of Waterloo, Canada
and Teruo Higashino, Osaka University, Japan)


Road transportation has become an integral part of society because of the need for transporting people and goods. Road transportation impacts the quality of life in several ways, including safety, cost, time spent traveling, and environmental issue. Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) deals with these issues through advanced communications and information technologies, including wireless communications, the Internet, the GPS, and sensor networks. The central idea in an ITS system is to deliver useful information to all kinds of motorists, such as ordinary car drivers, drivers of emergency vehicles, drivers of transit vehicles, drivers of service vehicles, and the police. Useful information to motorists involve physical conditions of road segments, traffic conditions along road segments, roadblocks including accidents and repair works, and availability of services along their paths, to name a few. An ITS system is expected to shorten driving time, make driving safe, make availability of medical assistance and other helps quicker, assist law enforcement, and contribute to a better environment.

Given the vast expanse of an ITS system and the seemingly large cost of deploying such a system, it is important that different parties cooperate in such an endeavor. Several governments or organizations around the world, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Vehicle, Road and Traffic Intelligence Society of Japan, and ERTICO of ITS Europe have defined their own ITS architecture. Those initial thrusts on ITS have motivated researchers and engineers to identify key problems that must be addressed for an ITS system to be successful. There have been ongoing research on different aspects of ITS systems, but a great deal of work still remains to be done. The goal of this forum is to provide an open discussion for the recent research results on a broad range of topics relevant to ITS architecture, network support, communication-based information technologies, and application development.

Dr. David S.L. Wei
Professor, Fordham University, USA


David S.L. Wei received his Ph.D. degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He is currently a Professor of Computer and Information Science Department at Fordham University. From May 1993 to August 1997 he was on the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Aizu, Japan (as an Associate Professor and then a Professor). Dr. Wei has authored and co-authored more than 80 technical papers in the areas of distributed and parallel processing, wireless networks and mobile computing, optical networks, peer-to-peer communications, and cognitive radio networks in various archival journals and conference proceedings. He served on the program committee and was a session chair for several reputed international conferences. He was a lead guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications for the special issue on Mobile Computing and Networking, and was a guest editor of IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications for the special issue on Peer-to-Peer Communications and Applications. He is the chair of Intelligent Transportation Forum of Globecom 2010 and is the general chair of Intelligent Transportation Workshop of ICC 2011. Currently, Dr. Wei focuses his research efforts on wireless sensor networks, cognitive radio networks, cloud computing, and intelligent transportation system.

Dr. Tadao Saito
Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
CTO, Toyota-InfoTechnology Center


Prof. Tadao Saito received the Ph. D degree in electronics from the University of Tokyo in 1968. Since then he was a professor of the University of Tokyo, where he is now a Professor Emeritus.  Since April 2001, he is the Chief Scientist and CTO of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, where he studies future ubiquitous information services around automobile.
 He worked in variety of subjects related to digital communication and computer networks. His research includes variety of communication networks and its social applications such as ITS. Included in his past study, 1970’s he was a member of designing group of Tokyo Metropolitan Area Traffic Signal Control System designed to control 7000 intersections under Tokyo Police Authority.ه Now he is the chairman of Ubiquitous Networking Forum of Japan working for future vision of information society. He is also the chairman of New Generation IP Network Forum of Japan. He wrote two books on electronic circuitry, four books on computer and two books on digital communication and multimedia.
From 1998 to 2002 he was the chairman of Telecommunication Business Committee of the Telecommunication Council of Japanese government and contributed to regulatory policy of telecommunication business for broadband network. He is also the Japanese representative of International Federation of Information Processing General Assembly and Technical Committee 6 (Communication System).ه He is a life fellow of IEEE and honorary member and fellow of IEICEJ.

Dr. Elisabeth Uhlemann
Professor, Halmstad University, Sweden


Dr. Elisabeth Uhlemann is an associate professor in Communications Systems at CERES (Centre for Research on Embedded Systems) in Halmstad University, Sweden. Since 2004, she has conducted research in close collaboration with Volvo Technology, where she has been involved in several European projects: CVIS, Safespot and Pre-Drive C2X, working with vehicular communications. She has contributed to the common European ITS communications architecture document produced within COMeSafety and she participates actively in ETSI TC ITS. She got her Ph.D. degree in communications theory from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2004 and has held visiting positions at the University of South Australia in 2005 and the Technical University of Berlin in 2007. Her research is directed towards incremental redundancy, iterative techniques, diversity, real-time constraints, MAC methods, industrial and vehicular communications.

Dr. T. Russell Hsingهه (IEEE/SPIE/BCS Fellow)
Executive Director, Telcordia Technologies, USA


Dr. T. Russell Hsing, a Fellow of the IEEE, British Computer Society (BCS) in UK, and the SPIE-The Internal Society for Optical Engineering. He is now an Executive Director to manage and lead the Emerging Technologies and Services Research Department at Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore). He is also supervising Directors for the Telcordia Applied Research Center in Poland (TARC-PL) and Taiwan (TARC-TW). Currently he is an adjunct professor of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Arizona State University, a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of Networks Coding at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a member of Technical Advisory Committee for the Emerging Technologies Forum at the Peking University in China.ه He is the Chair of the Fellow Evaluation Committee (term 2010-2011) and a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee (2008-2010) for the IEEE Communications Society. He has been a co-Editor-in-Chief of the ICT Book Series for the John Wiley & Sons Publications, Inc. since 2007.

He is responsible for the over all R&D programs and business development in the areas of: (1) vehicular networks and telematics applications; (2) information and wireless sensors networking solutions for healthcare applications; (3) business process and system dynamics modeling for financial industry, and (4) physical security solutions.ه He is also managing the Vehicular Networking and Telematics Business within the Applied Research at Telcordia. Prior to joining Bellcore in 1986, he accumulated a wealth of research & development and product management & development experiences through affiliations with Burroughs, Xerox, GTE Labs, Telco Systems Fiber Optics Corporation, and TASC. Since 1995, Dr. Hsing has pioneered the technology transfer and commercialization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Bellcore (and then Telcordia). His other effort has been focusing on the Asia/Pacific region through our R&D center in Taiwan and business alliances with strategically positioned and well financed local companies; and also in Europe through the European Framework-7 program and our R&D center in Poland of collaborating with the academia and industrial research Labs with the EU countries.

He is instrumental to establish Telcordia Applied Research Centers in Taipei, Taiwan (TARC-TW) in 2004, and then 2008 in Poznan, Poland (TARC-PL). He is now supervising Managing Directors of TARC-TW and TARC-PL. He has been a board member for TARC-TW since 2004. Currently he is also a board member for CVTA (Connected Vehicles Trade Association). Dr. Hsing has accumulated 30 years in the telecommunications and information & communications technology industry. His research interests are in the areas of Video Communications and Signal Processing, Broadband Wireless Technologies and Networking Systems, Fiber Optics Imaging System, High-Speed VLSI System Implementation, Automotive Networking and Telematics Applications, and Broadband Access and Services Applications.

Since 1990, he has been a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Computer & Communication Laboratories (CCL) of ITRI in Taiwan. He has been invited to be a member of the Strategic Review Board (SRB) for The Executive Yuan (Taiwan) in 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2006. From 1998 to 2005, he has been a member of the wireless industry strategic advisory group for the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of the Executive Yuan in Taiwan. He has led a Telcordia team to join the US Delegation (led by William Daley, US Secretary of Commerce) to attend the China-United States Telecom Summit in Guangzhou, China, in April, 1999.

He graduated from National Chiao-Tung University (Taiwan) in 1970, and got his M.S. and Ph.D from the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Rhode Island in 1974, and 1977. He has finished Executive Courses from the Stanford Business Graduate School, MIT Sloan School, and the University of Texas at Austin from 1995 through 2000. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief (with Professor Vincent Lau of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) for the ICT Book Series of John Wiley and Sons Inc, Publication; He was a member of the Fellow Evaluation Committee for the IEEE Communications Society from 2006 through 2008, and is the Chair for this Fellow Evaluation Committee from 2010. He has been a member of the Nomination and Selection Committee member for the IEEE Communications Society since 2008. He was the founding chair of SPIE's Annual Conference on Visual Communications and Image Processing (VCIP) from1986 to 1995; and the founding Chair of the sub-Technical Committee of “Vehicular Networks and Telematics Applications” for the IEEE Communication Society. He has lectured the "Packet Video: Video Communications over ATM-based Broadband Networks" course in Boston, Chicago, Lausanne, Taipei, the University of California at Irvine, and Columbia University. He is the author and a co-author of over 73 technical papers, three book chapters, and four US patents. He was the winner of the 2003 Publication Prize for his paper at the IEEE Proceedings (2003) from the Executive Science Technology Council of SAIC. He has been lecturing tutorial courses at the IEEE and SPIE technical conferences in Boston, Switzerland, Beijing, Washington DC, Taipei, UC-Irvine and Columbia University during the past 30 years. Dr. Hsing has also co-edited a book titled "Visual Communication: Technology and Application." with Dr. Andrew Tescher (Optical Engineering Press, 1990)

Dr. Robert G. White
Director – Diagnostics and Prognostics Solutionsففففففففففففففففففففففففففف
Telcordia Technologies


Dr. White leads a team in the Applied Research area of Telcordia Technologies that is developing systems, algorithms, and software that provide diagnostic and prognostic capabilities based on real-time data collected by a telematics system deployed on development vehicles to Ford Motor Company. These efforts are focused on new, renewable fuel sources such as hydrogen, and developing a more efficient exhaust system for diesel vehicles including bio-diesel. He is building on the experience and success with Ford to extend our D&P business into public transit and other areas. He led development of the D&P Business Plan that lays out a vision of Telcordia as a leader in the emerging diagnostics and prognostics industry, details the business value and risks, and charts a course to realize this opportunity. He and his team are in discussions with public transit companies to point out the operations and economic benefits that the Telcordia solution provides.

He also serves as a technical lead in the development and field trials of the Telcordia Auto RF product. He is the key inventor of the fundamental Auto RF patent that forms the basis for the Telcordia Auto RF product that provides automatic and dynamic RF optimization in CDMA and WCDMA cellular networks. Auto RF received the prestigious CDMA Development Group’s Innovation Award. In ground-breaking work based on years of field deployments of Auto RF he carefully developed an insightful value analysis for Auto RF that shows wireless operating companies such as Vodafone will gain significant benefits from improved performance, and lower CapEx and OpEx. This value analysis convinced Vodafone to request a live market trial in Portugal.

Dr. White was Director of Advanced Wireless Solutions in the Wireless Communications Systems Research in the Software and Applications Laboratory within Telcordia’s Applied Research Area. He focused on development efforts for the growing Telemetrics, automotive and automotive-related communications projects. He drove business development efforts for new digital wireless technologies being developed in Telcordia’s Applied Research organization.

As Director of the Wireless Loop Technology group Dr. White provided planning, engineering and implementation of wireless local loop systems in the US and internationally. He and his team actively supported the deployment of the PACS standard for wireless local loop systems with radio propagation surveys, radio port placement, microwave incumbent relocation, network interconnection, and operations design.
Previously he worked at Bellcore with the Regional Bell Operating Company teams to define new PCS access services. Primary responsibilities spanned technical and business analysis that brought together understanding of AIN and ISDN capabilities to meet market needs. Involvement in national standards and industry fora such as CTIA and TIA were necessary to support service acceptance and service conformance.

Dr. White holds numerous U.S. patents in diverse areas of personal communications, wireless internet access, RF optimization, and mobile network security and privacy. He publishes regularly in the IEEE Communications Magazine and presents at IEEE meetings and conferences. He has published many papers in technical journals, magazines, and on-line publications on a wide range of topics such as wireless local loop, RF optimization, personal communications economics, VII security scalability, and diagnostics and prognostics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University. His doctoral thesis provided new insights into modeling the onset of chaos in non-autonomous, non-linear dynamical systems. Dr. White can be contacted atه