CFP: Special Session on Urban Mobility – Communication Technologies and Safety for Autonomous Vehicles

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Special Session on Urban Mobility – Communication Technologies and Safety for Autonomous Vehicles


Special session organizers:

Vilmos Simon, Head of Multimedia Networks and Services Laboratory, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary
Levente Buttyan, Head of CrySyS Laboratory, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary
Laszlo Bokor, Head of Commsignia-BME HIT Automotive Communications Research Group, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary


Background and scope:

There is a growing importance of ICT in profiling the competitiveness of cities. The next step for the smart city is the automated city – one that is predictive and responsive without human intervention. Such a city could avoid traffic congestion before it occurs and distribute resources, such as emergency services and maintenance, without time-consuming human decision-making. Vehicular networks are on the verge of becoming an essential part of our increasingly connected life. The success of the first generation large-scale V2X testbeds and the planned followers, manufacturers/policy maker’s activities aiming at applying cars with V2X communication solutions, and the maturing standards of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) predict the inevitable and quick proliferation of vehicular networks.

Urban mobility applications will also rely on collecting available information from sensor networks in and around the city and make the operation of public services (like lighting, heating, garbage collection, etc.) intelligent. This will be based partially on crowdsensing, especially in densely populated areas where insuring the appropriate number of sensing users is easier. Many crowdsensing applications address tasks related to urban transportation systems, which include the tracking of public vehicles (buses, trams, subways and rentable bikes) or others like mapping bumps on the road to quickly inform authorities where to intervene.

Public safety is another category of applications where the power of the crowd is used to indicate unusual/abnormal behaviour of people, extreme situations like riots, demonstrations and similar. However, the evolution of related technologies is still very far from finished: autonomous/automated vehicles, heterogeneous vehicular access environments, large scale deployment scenarios, application and service interoperability, security and privacy still pose serious challenges just to mention a few. When cars are connected to each other and to the Internet, they become potential targets of cyber attacks. Many researchers have recently demonstrated the feasibility of such attacks: in proof-of-concept attacks, cars have been compromised remotely via wireless interfaces and locally via the OBD interface.

In case of autonomous vehicles, the danger is even greater, because the physical control of the car is entirely “in the hands” of computers that, as we have seen, can potentially be compromised. So the bright vision of autonomous vehicles can become reality only if we can solve the pressing issue of cyber security; a huge challenge for the research community, as well as for the automotive industry. In this Special Session we will catch up with the latest research and product developments, measurement methods, application scenarios and concept studies.

Authors are encouraged to submit their contributions related to the special session’s main theme and in particular the topics of interest, listed below.

Topics of interest include:

  • Novel protocols and techniques for V2X communication (radio resource management, mobility management, data dissemination, etc.)
  • Heterogeneous Vehicular Networking approaches
  • Connected vehicle technologies in 4G and beyond
  • V2X applications and services for enhanced driver experience, increased transportation efficency, decreased emission, enhanced road safety, etc.
  • Network management, deployment support and QoS provisioning for V2X architectures
  • Sensor fusion in vehicular networks
  • Cross-layer design and optimization for V2X communication infrastructures
  • Mobile crowdsourcing for urban analytics
  • Mobile crowdsourcing applications
  • ICT in road vehicles: on-board and connected car services
  • New proof-of-concept cyber attacks against modern vehicles
  • Attack surfaces and risk analysis for autonomous vehicles
  • Security testing methods and testbeds for autonomous vehicles
  • Security countermeasures against cyber attacks for autonomous vehicles
  • Software vulnerability management and security patching for autonomous vehicles
  • Security of sensor data collection and processing in autonomous vehicles
  • Digital forensic requirements and solutions for autonomous vehicles
  • Privacy issues induced and solutions required by autonomous vehicles
  • Cryptographic algorithms and protocols for protecting vehicle communications

Paper submission:

Prospective authors are invited to submit novel, previously unpublished full papers (up to 8 pages), addressing the topics of interest, for consideration for the special session. For paper formatting, style, and submission guidelines and deadlines, please refer to the Information for Authors. All papers submitted to the special session will be peer-reviewed according to the rules for the main conference. Paper should be submitted through EDAS.
Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases.

To see detailed instructions, go to Paper Submission, or to submit a paper, go directly to submission page in EDAS.

Post-conference journal publication prospects:

Authors of best papers will be invited to submit a sufficiently extended version of their conference paper for potential publication in the Infocommunications Journal ( Special Issue on Smart Cities. The journal Special Issue on Smart Cities will be based on an open call, and the technical contribution in the journal will have to be extended (at least 30%) beyond what was presented in the conference version, and go through the journal review process. The Infocommunications Journal is technically co-sponsored by IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Hungary Section and it is indexed in Scopus, Inspec and Compendex.

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission: March 30, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: May 27, 2017
Final, Camera Ready Papers: June 10, 2017

Session organizers:

Vilmos Simon received his PhD from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Networked Systems and Services and Head of the Multimedia Networks and Services Laboratory. His current research interests include self-organizing mobile networks, collective movement of autonomous mobile nodes, mobile crowd sensing in smart cities. He participated in several research projects including the EU ICST-FET FP6 BIONETS where he also acted as a WP leader. He serves as a president of the Telecommunications Section in the Scientific Association for Infocommunications Hungary. he is the founder of the student startup competition INNOversitas and a leader of the ICT Labs Outreach program at BME.



Levente Buttyan received earned the Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Lausanne (EPFL) in 2002. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Networked Systems and Services at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and the leader of the Laboratory of Cryptography and Systems Security (CrySyS Lab). He also had visiting positions at EPFL and at the University of Washington, Seattle.  His research interests include design and analysis of secure protocols and privacy enhancing mechanisms for wireless networked embedded systems, as well as embedded systems security (a.k.a. security for Internet of Things) and embedded systems forensics. He worked in a number of research projects (e.g., UbiSecSens, SeVeCom, EU-MESH, WSAN4CIP). He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (2009-2012), as an Area Editor of Elsevier Computer Communications (2008-2012), and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Hungarian Infocommunications Journal from 2007 to 2014. He received the Békésy György Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003-2006) and the Bolyai János Research Fellowship (2008-2011) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.



László Bokor graduated in 2004 with M.Sc. degree in computer engineering from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) at the Department of Telecommunicatons. In 2006 he got an M.Sc.+ degree in bank informatics from the same university’s Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. After years of research work in multiple EU funded and national R&D projects he received his Ph.D. degree from the BME Doctoral School of Informatics. Currently he is with the Department of Networked Systems and Services as assistant professor and leads the Commsignia – BME HIT Automotive Communications Research Group. He is a member of the IEEE and HTE, member of the Hungarian Standards Institution’s Technical Committee for Intelligent Transport Systems (MSZT/MB 911), and the BME’s Multimedia Networks and Services Laboratory (MEDIANETS) where he participates in researches of wireless communications and works on projects related to advanced mobile technologies. His research interests include IPv6 mobility, SDN/NFV-based mobile networks, mobile broadband architectures, network performance analyzing, network simulation, heterogeneous future mobile networks, mobile healthcare infrastructures and V2X communication in cooperative intelligent transportation systems. He received the
ÚNKP-16-4-I Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016) from the New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary.