Distinguished Visiting Professor Seminar 01
Traffic management and on-road safety have been a concern for the transportation authorities and the engineering communities for many years. Most of the implemented technologies for intelligent highways focus on safety measures and increased driver awareness, and expect a centralized management for the traffic flow. Leveraging recent advances in wireless communication, researchers have proposed solutions based vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-road-side communication in order to detect traffic jams and better disseminate data from on-road sensors. However, no autonomous and adaptive traffic management solution has been proposed. In addition, car manufacturers have been very slow and reluctant in adopting vehicular networking (VANET) standards. In this talk, we articulate a new vision for inter-vehicle communication and assessment of road condition, and promote a novel system for traffic management. Vehicle to on-road sensors as well as inter-vehicle connectivity will be enabled through the use of hand-held devices such as smart phones. This not only enables real-time data sharing but also expedites the integration of VANET technology without awaiting the endorsement of the car manufacturers. The proposed traffic management system incorporates computation and communication capabilities in traffic lights, and accounts for the human-factor in controlling the traffic flow. Smart road reconfiguration capabilities, e.g., changing lane direction, traffic light timing, etc., will be exploited to improve traffic flow and adapt to unexpected incidents. The goal is to allow autonomous and driver-centric routing decisions that not only are locally optimal but also serves an overall system objective. Results of some of our on-going work is also presented.
Dr. Younis is currently a professor in the department of computer science and electrical engineering at the university of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Before joining UMBC, he was with the Advanced Systems Technology Group, an Aerospace Electronic Systems R&D organization of Honeywell International Inc. While at Honeywell he led multiple projects for building integrated fault tolerant avionics and dependable computing infrastructure. He also participated in the development of the Redundancy Management System, which is a key component of the Vehicle and Mission Computer for NASA’s X-33 space launch vehicle. Dr. Younis’ technical interest includes network architectures and protocols, wireless networks, embedded systems, fault tolerant computing, secure communication and distributed real-time systems. He has published over 250 technical papers in refereed conferences and journals. Dr. Younis has seven granted and three pending patents. In addition, he serves/served on the editorial board of multiple journals and the organizing and technical program committees of numerous conferences. Dr. Younis is a senior member of the IEEE and the IEEE communications society.