We discuss the challenges and opportunities of the Tactile Internet concepts. In particular, we will focus on the connected cars vision in relation to some of the most needed components in modern smart cities: improved road traffic safety combined with reduced travel times and emissions. Using selected application examples such as cooperative adaptive cruise control (or platooning), we assess the needs on the underlying system components with a particular focus on inter-vehicle communication. With the standardization of the DSRC/WAVE protocol stack, the vehicular networking community converged to a common understanding of data dissemination schemes that already have high potentials for many applications. Yet, vehicular networks are way more dynamic than originally considered. Radio signal fading and shadowing effects need to be considered in the entire design process as well as the strong need for low-latency communication, fairness, and robustness. We bring all these aspects together outlining necessary ingredients for future connected cars applications.
Falko Dressler is Full Professor for Computer Science and Chair for Distributed Embedded Systems at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute and the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Paderborn, where he is also a member of the University Senate. Before moving to Paderborn, he was a Full Professor at the Institute of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck and an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen. Dr. Dressler received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Computer Science, University of Erlangen in 1998 and 2003, respectively.
He is associate editor-in- chief for Elsevier Computer Communications as well as an editor for journal such as IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and Elsevier Nano Communication Networks. He has been guest editor of special issues in IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications (JSAC), IEEE Communications Magazine, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and many others. Dr. Dressler has been General Chair of IEEE/ACM BIONETICS 2007, IEEE/IFIP WONS 2011, IEEE VNC 2014, ACM MobiHoc 2016, and ACM MobiSys 2018, TPC Co-Chair for IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE VNC, IEEE VTC, IEEE GLOBECOM, and ACM MSWiM. Dr. Dressler authored the textbooks Self-Organization in Sensor and Actor Networks published by Wiley in 2007 and Vehicular Networking published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Dr. Dressler has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer as well as an ACM Distinguished Speaker.
Dr. Dressler is an IEEE Fellow (COMSOC, CS, VTS) as well as a Senior Member of ACM (SIGMOBILE), and member of GI (GIBU, KuVS). He also serves in the IEEE COMSOC Conference Council. His research objectives include adaptive wireless networking, self-organization techniques, and embedded system design with applications in ad hoc and sensor networks, vehicular networks, industrial wireless networks, and nano-networking.