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Speaker: Hsin-Mu (Michael) Tsai
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering
Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia
National Taiwan University

Smart Automotive Lighting for Vehicle Safety

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

1064  George R. Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

It is believed that Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications and accurate positioning with sub-meter error could bring vehicle safety to a different level. However, to this date it is still unclear whether the envisioned V2V standard, Dedicated Short range Communictaions (DSRC), can become available in commercially available vehicle products while widely available consumer-grade GPS receivers do not provide the required accuracy for many safety applications. In this talk, I will present the idea of combining Visible Light Communications (VLC) and Visible Light Positioning (VLP) into "Smart Automotive Lighting" to support many vehicular safety applications. The LED automotive lights in the system would be able to provide the functions of illumination and signaling, reliable communications, and accurate positioning in a single solution. The proposed solution has low complexity, and is shown to be scalable in high vehicle density and fast topology changing scenarios. In the talk, I will also discuss several design guidelines for such a system, based on the results of our analytic and emperical studies.

Host: Edward Knightly

Biography of Hsin-Mu (Michael) Tsai:
Hsin-Mu (Michael) Tsai is an assistant professor in Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering and Graduate Institute of Networking and Multimedia at National Taiwan University. He received B.S.E. in Computer Science and Information Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2002, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 and 2010, respectively. During his Ph.D. studies, he spent four summers (2005-2009) as an intern researcher in Electrical and Control Integration Laboratory at General Motors Research and Development. His recognitions include 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Award (the first to receive this honor in Asia) and National Taiwan University's Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Tsai Served as TPC co-chair for ACM VANET 2013, one of the most important venues in the vehicular network and system domain. His research interests include vehicular networking and communications, wireless channel and link measurements, vehicle safety systems, and visible light communications.

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