University of Ottawa-led “smart car” research awarded $8 million
Networked vehicles, roads to improve efficiency and safety of Canadian highways.
Ottawa — A University of Ottawa-led research network has been awarded a $5 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and an additional $3 million from industry partners towards a large-scale “smart car” research program.
Professor Azzedine Boukerche, lead researcher for the Developing Next Generation Intelligent Vehicular Networks and Applications (DIVA) network, aims to design network protocols and applications for vehicular ad hoc and sensor networks (VANets), that will allow high-speed communication among vehicles and ground-based infrastructure.
The goal is to improve efficiency, safety, productivity and general mobility on the road, while reducing threats to travel safety and security, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the VANets will introduce applications that will make travelling long distances more comfortable for passengers, such as location-aware services, multimedia streaming, local news, social networking, tourist information and alert messages on streets and highways.
Professor Boukerche is a full professor at the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) and Canada Research Chair in Large-Scale Distributed Interactive Simulations and Mobile Computing and Networking.
The funding is part of NSERC’s Strategic Network Grants (SNG) Program, which aims to increase research and training in targeted areas that could enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years.