CS 795/895 - Vehicular Networks
Fall 2010: Thurs 3-5:30pm, E&CS 2120

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Research Project


  • Class presentation on the project results
  • Project proposal
  • Project must contain an evaluation of the approach, either through simulation or analysis
  • Weekly progress reports/meetings
  • Final paper


  • Group and topic chosen - Oct 7
  • Project proposal - Oct 14
  • Evaluation plan - Nov 4
  • Presentation - Dec 9
  • Paper due - Dec 10

Project Proposal

Your project proposal should include the following:

  • description of the problem that you are addressing
  • summary of your approach
  • research questions that you will be attempting to answer
  • evaluation tools that you will use (analysis, simulation)
  • preliminary timeline for completion
  • preliminary expected results

Progress Reports

  • After submitting your project proposal, weekly progress reports are due each Thursday before class.
  • The progress reports should be sent to Dr. Weigle via email with the subject line Progress Report x, where x is the report number that is due. Send the report as plain text, no attachments.
  • Progress reports should include
    • a summary of what you've done in the past week on the project
    • a plan for the coming week
    • any problems that arose during the previous week
  • The progress reports should be brief, but complete. They will count as part of your project grade.
  • It is recommended, but not required, to setup a weekly meeting with Dr. Weigle to discuss your progress.

Evaluation Plan

Your evaluation plan should include the following:

  • metrics you will use for evaluation (loss, throughput, etc.)
  • parameters that you will vary (traffic density, transmission range, etc.), their values, and a justification for those values
  • other simulation parameters (length of simulation, etc.)
  • list of all of the simulations that you plan to run with expected outcomes

Final Presentation

  • 20-30 minutes
  • The presentation should cover the motivation behind your project, the problem you attempted to address, your approach to solving the problem, how you evaluated the problem, results you got, future work, problems/things you learned.
  • All members of the group must participate in the presentation.
  • There is no discussion requirement, but the audience may ask questions after the presentation.

Final Paper

  • Formatted according to guidelines and templates (US Letter paper size) available at IEEE (Word and LaTeX templates available).
  • Required heading elements: Title, Author Names, Author Affiliations (dept, university), Abstract (Index Terms are not required)
  • 10 pt Times New Roman font, single-spaced, double-column, no more than 10 pages
  • Treat this as you would a conference paper -- you've read enough of them to know the general outline: Introduction (including motivation and setup of the problem), Related Work, Your Approach, Evaluation (describing simulation and results), Conclusions and Future Work, and References.
  • Remember that all figures and tables must include appropriate captions.
  • After the Conclusions section, add a section titled 'Final Thoughts' describing your experience working on the project. What were problems you faced? What things did you learn?
  • As with all written work in the course, this paper must be in your own words. Even when describing related work, you must resist the urge to copy (either directly or indirectly) from the paper you are referring to.

Suggested Topics

You may select one of these topics or choose your own. In either case, you should come talk with me as soon as you've chosen a topic (before you submit your project proposal) as I may know of some papers to look at.

For these suggested topics, you should investigate network performance to determine trade-offs and where problems exist. Given those results, you should develop a technique that may improve performance and perform an evaluation study of the new approach.

  1. Investigate the network performance of beaconing/neighbor discovery in a congested environment assuming that beaconing will use the CCH and other applications may use the SCHs. What are optimal/effective durations for CCH and SCH given safety application requirements and changes in traffic density? What do the results say the feasibility of VANETs for safety beaconing?
  2. Investigate the network performance of beaconing/neighbor discovery in a congested environment using a realistic signal fading model such as Nakagami. How do changes in traffic density, transmission range, and message frequency affect network performance? What do the results say the feasibility of VANETs for safety beaconing?
  3. Investigate the network performance when priority access is used. Expand on the Eichler and Torrent-Moreno papers we discussed on Sep 9.
  4. Implement and investigate the D-FPAV algorithm (torrent-moreno-tovt09) for reducing the impact of hidden terminals for one-hop broadcast.
  5. Implement and evaluate the Peercast algorithm (jiang-wcm06) for congestion control on the CCH.

Topics and Groups

  • Shahram and Puya - Transmission Power Control in VANETs
  • Liang and Sai - Study of Lane Change Assistance by V2V Communication in VANETs
  • Bradley - Implementation of Smart Intersections in ns-3