Monday 23rd September, 16:00-18:00, Salon C, 3rd Floor

CAVS Panel: Standardization of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Organizer and moderator: Ricardo de Castro, German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Abstract: Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) pose great opportunities to improve safety, efficiency and energy consumption of transportation systems. However, this technology is still in its infancy. There is a lack of standardized best practices on how to develop, test and validate CAVs, how to ensure interoperability and how to guarantee safety and reliability. In this session, speakers from standards developing organizations, industry, research centers and academia will provide an overview of some ongoing standardization efforts of CAVs.


Standards to facilitate a Human-Centric Digital Transformation of Road Transportation

Dr Hermann Brand, European Standards Affairs Director, IEEE Standards Association

Abstract: IEEE Technical Societies and the IEEE Standards Association collaboratively have created many globally applicable foundational standards, most prominently Ethernet and WLAN. Automotive Ethernet and Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) will serve as communication backbone for data driven operation of connected and automated vehicles. More standards are needed to facilitate the smooth evolution of the automotive eco-system.

IEEE SA follows an end-to-end system approach, providing both horizontal and vertical standards as well as technical and “ethical’ standards. The service portfolio of IEEE SA covers the entire innovation cycle from pre-standardization to market introduction. The standards setting process fosters consensus in an open and transparent environment. A unique value-for-money proposition attracts more and more individuals and organizations from all over the world to become IEEE SA members to work together in order to shape the future of road transportation.

p1Biography: Hermann Brand has held many different positions in the industry. He started his professional carrier as a SW developer and system designer in telecommunications. He then worked as a researcher in the semiconductor business, investigating novel manufacturing processes and developing new microstructures. Back in telecommunications he managed several international R&D teams in mobile communications including researchers, system engineers and a group of delegates to different standards developing organizations. While his employer evolved into a diversified IT service provider, Dr. Brand also worked as technology manager, innovation manager and business developer.

Hermann Brand joined ETSI in 2008. Until 2012 he was responsible for various institutional services of ETSI, including new initiatives, partnership management, membership care, and meeting support. Since 2012, as Director Innovation, he has worked closely with members and other stakeholders to setup new standardization committees/groups covering e.g. machine communication, network function virtualisation and edge computing.

In June 2017 Hermann Brand joined IEEE as European Standards Affairs Director. His responsibilities include European standardisation policy, technology policy, co-operations and standards related services for industry, research organizations, and academia.


SAE Standards for Connected Vehicles and Automated Driving

Justin McNew, JMC Rota Inc

Abstract: In this talk Justin is going to talk about his experience developing V2X standards for cooperative automated vehicles and automated driving. This includes SAE J2945/1, a V2V safety applications standard, as well as SAE definitions and taxonomy for connected automated vehicles. He will also provide an overview of the ongoing activities in the SAE Infrastructure Applications Technical Committee.

p2Biography: Justin McNew has over 20 years of experience in communications systems engineering, standards development and product development. In addition to developing and deploying infrastructure solutions for cellular, WiFi, and location services, Justin has been very active in the development of connected vehicle technologies. He has led the development of a variety of connected vehicle technical standards, while also embodying those standards with the industry’s first commercially available V2X platforms. In 2013 McNew founded JMC Rota Inc., where he is engaged in various projects ranging from healthcare technologies to continued development of V2X standards and solutions, and he is now providing expertise in the field of cooperative automated vehicles and automated driving.

Justin began his career with Motorola where he worked on the development and deployment of digital cellular. He then worked at TechnoCom Corporation, a startup based in Los Angeles, and led the Mobility Solutions group responsible for vehicle connectivity solutions and V2X. Mobility Solutions was sold to Kapsch TrafficCom in 2008 where Justin served as CTO for their US-based subsidiary. There he supported the development of RFID and camera-based electronic toll collection and commercial vehicle screening systems, as well as continued development of ITS and V2X offerings. Following Kapsch, Justin returned to the cellular industry where he was Vice President of Marketing and Product management for BTI Wireless, which developed small cells and distributed antenna systems.

At JMC Rota, Justin is again leading the development of V2X standards and solutions. He serves as Vice Chair of the IEEE 1609 standards Working Group , Vice Chair of the SAE Infrastructure Applications Technical Committee, and he is the sponsor and technical editor of SAE J2945/1, the V2V safety applications standard. Justin is deeply involved in developing a variety of other standards for vehicle mobility and safety, as well as the SAE definitions and taxonomy for connected automated vehicles.

Justin earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the home of the National College Football Champions, Clemson University, and his Bachelor of Science in Physics. He has 15 patents and several publications related to wireless networks, location technologies and transportation systems.


Title: tbd

Riccardo Mariani, Nvidia and IEEE CS VP for standards

Abstract & biography: tbd


Open Interface Standards for Modeling and Simulation of Automated Vehicles

Ricardo de Castro, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Abstract: in this talk, we will share the experience of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in the development of the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) –a standard to facilitate model-exchange and co-simulation of dynamic systems– as well as its variant for embedded control systems.  We will discuss the applicability of these standards in the development of automated vehicles, such as the RoboMobil, a drive-by-wire electric vehicle built by the DLR for demonstrating the benefits of transferring advanced space and robotics technologies to road vehicles. We will finalize our talk with an overview of recent efforts to extend the features of FMI-based standards.

p3Biography: Ricardo de Castro received the Licenciatura and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computers engineering from University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, Portugal, in 2006 and 2013, respectively. During 2007-2008 he was an entrepreneur with the WeMoveU project, targeting the development of powertrain control solutions for lightweight electric vehicles. Since 2013, he has been with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of System Dynamics and Control (SR), where he is developing enabling technologies for electric mobility and autonomous driving. His research interests include vehicle dynamics, tire-road friction estimation, trajectory control, torque blending, platooning and battery-supercapacitor hybridization.

He has been an expert evaluator for the European Union, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE Access, and chair of technical tracks on vehicular electronics and intelligent transportation systems, IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC 2017-2018). Ricardo de Castro is also a Senior Member of the IEEE and the author of three patents and 60 papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters.


Blockchain for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Fei Richard Yu, Carleton University

Abstract: The use of blockchain for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) enables decentralized communications and collaborations (e.g., peer-to-peer, human-to-machine, machine-to-machine) without the need for a trusted intermediary. In this talk, we will present some use cases of blockchain for CAVs and the IEEE standard related with Blockchain for CAVs (P2418.4).

p4Biography: Fei Richard Yu is a Professor at Carleton University, Canada. His research interests include artificial intelligence, connected autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, and wireless systems. He has published 530+ papers, 7 books and 28 granted patents, with 13,000+ citations and an H-index of 67. He has received several professional awards, including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, Carleton Research Achievement Award, and several Best Paper Awards from some first-tier conferences. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer of both Veh. Tech. Society (VTS) and Comm. Society. He is an IEEE Fellow, an IET Fellow, and a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.


Monday 23rd September, 18:00-20:00, Salon A, 3rd Floor

VTC IEEE YP Panel: UAV to UAV Communications: Options, Challenges, and Standards

Organizer and moderator: Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas


Abstract: Before unmanned air transportation can become a reality, there are several technical challenges that need to be addressed by the research community. The most important among them is the need for enhanced situational awareness for UAVs in the airspace. UAV-to-UAV Communications is the key for enhanced situational awareness. It facilitates Beyond Radio-Line-of-Sight Communications, Deconfliction strategies, and sharing of situational awareness information between the UAVs. The panel discusses the options for UAV-to-UAV communications including satellite, cellular, and aerial communications. Standardization efforts including IEEE P1920.1, IEEE 1920.2, 3GPP, ASTM, RTCA, and EUROCAE will be covered.


Moderator: Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas

p5Biography: Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the director of Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the University of North Texas (UNT). He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India, in 1984, M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad in 1986, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of South Florida in 1992. Over the past eleven years, his research is focused on aerial networking and communications. He co-organized a series of workshops on “Airborne Networking and Communications” in conjunction with IEEE, AIAA, AUVSI, and ACM Conferences. He is serving as the chair for two Standards Working Groups (IEEE 1920.1: Aerial Communications and Networking and IEEE 1920.2: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems). He is serving as the Chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s Ad Hoc Committee on Drones. He is a co-editor for the book titled “UAV Networks and Communications” published by the Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is leading the Smart and Connected Community project on “Deployable Communication Systems” in collaboration with the government, public, and private organizations. This living laboratory project was demonstrated thrice during the Global City Teams Challenge hosted jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He contributed to the development of research agenda, requirements and blueprints highly deployable communications systems led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.



Arupjyoti Bhuyan, Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

p6Biography: Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan is a wireless researcher in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Technical Director of the INL Wireless Security Institute. The focus of his research is on secure implementation of future generations of wireless communications with scientific exploration and engineering innovations across the fields of wireless technology, cybersecurity, and computational science. Specific goals are to assure communications among critical infrastructure systems supporting control of the electric grid, emergency response, and nationwide unmanned aerial systems. Arup has extensive industry experience in wireless communications from his work before he joined INL in October, 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Yale University. He is a senior member of IEEE.


Gürkan Gür, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

p7Biography: Gürkan Gür is a senior researcher at Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) InIT Information Security Group in Switzerland. He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 2001 and Ph.D. degree in computer engineering in 2013 from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests include Future Internet, 5G networks, information security, and information-centric networking. He has two patents (one in US, one in TR) and published more than 50 academic works. He has been involved in various European ITEA and CELTIC as well as national Innosuisse and TUBITAK (TR) research projects as senior researcher, project coordinator and academic consultant. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of ACM.


Ravi Pragada, InterDigital

p8Biography: Ravi Pragada is a Senior Principal Engineer at InterDigital where he is responsible for leading next generation air-interface and system technologies. He has broad expertise covering incubation, pre-standards R&D, standardization, technology, product development and prototyping. He has actively contributed to and held leadership positions in various next generation wireless system projects viz., ultra-low power communications, AI/ML applied to wireless, sub-THz systems, unmanned aerial systems, millimeter wave air-interface/backhaul design and development, device-to-device communications, and beyond 5G architectures. Ravi is a prolific inventor with 180+ granted or pending international patent applications. He is a recipient of numerous innovation awards including InterDigital’s Chairman’s award, President’s award, multiple CTO awards as well as Lucy Mahjobian distinguished publication award. Prior to InterDigital he was part of Tier 1 OEM team that developed RNC and NodeB infrastructure for 3GPP UMTS system. He is currently serving as vice-chair for the IEEE 1920.1: Aerial Communications and Networking Standards Working Group. 


Stephen Hayes, Ericsson in North America

p9Biography: Stephen Hayes is the Director of Standards for Ericsson in North America. He has worked on various cellular issues over the last 20 years and been heavily involved in the evolution of the 3GPP family of technologies. His current focus includes the ATIS committees and 3GPP. He is also involved in several US advisory groups such as the FCC TAC (Technical Advisory Committee) where he chairs the subgroup on UAS spectrum issues. Stephen is currently the Vice-Chair of 3GPP TSG-RAN. Stephen was chairman of the 3GPP systems group (3GPP-SA) from 2006- 2011. Before that, Stephen was the chair of the Core Network group in 3GPP. Stephen is also the chair of the 3GPP group on working procedures.

Dallas Brooks, Mississippi State University and ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence

p10Biography: Dallas Brooks is the Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University and the Associate Director of the ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence. As the Raspet Director, he is responsible for MSU’s broad spectrum of government and commercial manned and unmanned aviation research, development, test and engineering programs. As the Associate Director for ASSURE, he develops and coordinates research strategies and focus areas for over 20 of the nation’s leading universities specializing in unmanned systems integration, safety, operations and policy. He also directs ASSURE’s UAS Safety Research Center, a national-level research facility that focuses on enhancing the safety and efficiency of UAS operations in a broad range of environments. Mr. Brooks is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. He also serves as co-chair of the Federal UAS Science and Research Panel, supporting 8 Federal agencies including the FAA, the DoD, NASA and DHS to identify and solve key UAS integration technical challenges.


Alistair Munro, Digital Catapult UK

p11Biography: Alistair Munro is currently Senior Expert Advisor on 5G at the Digital Catapult in London, UK. He worked previously at Airbus Defense and Space where he was Technical Lead for communications, spectrum management and security in the UK ASTRAEA project, which was concerned with the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into non-segregated airspace. Before that he held the Toshiba Chair in Communications Networks at Bristol University, UK.

Having obtained his B.S. in Mathematics from Imperial College, London and PhD from University of Manchester, UK in 1983, he has over 30 years’ experience in the specification, design and implementation, and performance analysis of distributed computing systems.

He has collaborated widely with industry and academia in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan, mainly on communications standards and also in regulatory aspects of UAS operation. He is co-Chair of the EUROCAE WG-105 Communications, Spectrum and Security sub-group and is editor of the IEEE P.1920 draft standard for networking services to support UAS operations. He is an Advisor to the UK CAA in the ICAO RPAS Panel.