SAVE 2020

Call for Papers

1st IEEE Workshop on Spectrum Access in Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem (SAVE 2020)

25 May 2020
Antwerp, Belgium

The technical community is quickly coming to the realization that wireless connectivity is a necessary ingredient for the future of autonomous vehicles in terms of this revolutionary technology to reach the level of reliability and functionality needed to operate on public streets and highways en masse.   Many of the future road applications that will be based on autonomous vehicles, such as platooning, will absolutely require wireless connectivity in order to support the control loop, sensors information sharing, and inter-car communications need to successfully achieve complex operations. However, it is unclear whether sufficient wireless spectral bandwidth exists to support these sort of communications, which could potentially require hundreds of megahertz of frequency; in the United States and other countries around the world, only 75 MHz of licensed vehicular communications spectrum exists at 5.9 GHz, which may suffer extreme channel congestion, especially with high density road traffic and significant wireless connectivity. In this workshop, we will provide a comprehensive half-day event that will actively bring together experts in Vehicular Dynamic Spectrum Access (VDSA), experts in autonomous vehicle technology, and individuals interested in learning more about this cutting-edge topic This half-day workshop will address a range of practical issues with respect to wireless connectivity for autonomous vehicles and provides insights on how to resolve this problems in order to create a viable VDSA network for the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.

For the most part, the wireless community and the autonomous vehicle community have not significantly engaged with each other in order to support the revolution in automated driving. Consequently, the primary focus and the key novelty of this proposed workshop is bringing together these communities in order to discuss this very important interdisciplinary topic.  Specifically, this workshop looks at how vehicular dynamic spectrum access (VDSA) can be used as an essential tool for supporting complex autonomous driving operations, e.g., platoons. By having both communities understand the potential and limitations of the tools and technologies available from the other, this proposed workshop can help facilitate the first step in developing solutions where connected autonomous vehicles can truly realize the potential expected by today’s society with respect to self-driving technology.

Given that the concept of autonomous driving is of great interest to the vehicular technology community, we foresee that the focus on VDSA coupled with autonomous driving would be relevant to the following audience:

  • For car manufacturers, including those companies producing dedicated communication chips
  • For researchers working on DRSC (in general working on limitations of IEEE 802.11p WAVE and IEEE 1609.4 protocols)
  • For researchers working on wireless communications, and particularly for those focusing on spectrum sharing
  • For all graduate students, faculty, and industry practitioners conducting work on the future transportation systems, autonomous cars, and advanced functionality such as platooning
  • For shipping companies and public transportation organizations that would be one of the first widespread adopters of autonomous vehicle technology

Tentative program outline is as follows:

  1. Welcome Message from Workshop Organizers/Motivation for Event (15 minutes)
  2. Keynote Presentation (45 minutes)
  3. Networking Break (15 minutes)
  4. Paper Presentations – 4 Papers (15 minutes/paper)
  5. Networking Break (15 minutes)
  6. Paper Presentations – 4 Papers (15 minutes/paper)
  7. Panel Discussion (30 minutes)
  8. Concluding Remarks (5 minutes)

Attendees will learn about the concept of autonomous vehicles operation supported by Vehicular Dynamic Spectrum Access (VDSA). Its advantages will be presented together with challenges that have to be faced. The topics can range from methods of spectrum sensing carried in V2V environment, spectrum opportunities assessment and spectrum management. From the perspective of the PHY and MAC layers of the vehicles, spectrum congestion and proper design of spectrum access protocols will be discussed. Additionally, topics of control theorem used in complex operations such as platooning utilizing specific sets of features will be covered.


Workshop Chairs

Alexander M. Wyglinski, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,

Adrian Kliks, Poznan University of Technology,

Pawel Sroka,  Poznan University of Technology,

Pawel Kryszkiewicz, Poznan University of Technology,