CS 795/895 - Vehicular Networks
Spring 2010: Tues/Thurs 11-12:15pm, E&CS 2120

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Research Project

Requirements | Milestones | Proposal | Background Presentation

Progress Reports | Evaluation Plan | Final Presentation | Final Paper | Suggested Topics


  • Class presentation on the background material for the 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
  • Final paper


  • Topic chosen - Feb 18
  • Project proposal - Mar 16
  • List of papers for background presentation - Mar 23
  • Evaluation plan - Mar 25
  • Background presentation - Apr 6
  • Presentation - Apr 27
  • Paper due - Apr 30

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 (analysis, simulation)
  • preliminary timeline for completion
  • preliminary expected results

Background Presentation

  • The focus should be on background material and motivation for selecting the project (describe why it is an interesting problem). A basic description of your approach may also be outlined, but it should not take up much time in your presentation.
  • Each presentation should be 20-25 minutes long.
  • Send an email to the class mailing list with the full citation of each paper along with an appropriate URL by the deadline.

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.

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

  • 20-25 minutes
  • Since you've already given a background presentation, you should only briefly remind the class about your project and what problem you are addressing.
  • The focus of the presentation should be on your approach to solving the problem, how you evaluated the problem, results you got, future work, problems/things you learned.

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.
  • 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. How do changes in traffic density, transmission range, and message frequency affect network performance?
  2. Investigate the network performance of beaconing/neighbor discovery in a congestion 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?
  3. 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?