IEEE touts member contributions to intelligent transport systems

Aug 30, 2010

The IEEE issued a statement, today, highlighting the efforts of its members toward development of intelligent transport systems (ITS) worldwide, for “smarter, safer travel.” The group says its members are advancing the way technology is deployed in mass transit and road traffic computing and communications systems.

“By incorporating new security, wireless, sensor, robotics and other technologies into intelligent transport systems, [IEEE members are] enabling a smarter, safer consumer travel experience,” the group says.

One example, says the IEEE, involves the use of wireless communications systems and robot simulations to design vehicular and roadway networks that analyze traffic situations to aid in human-roadway response. “By leveraging active traffic management and predictive modeling, computational intelligence and mobility management, among other engineering practices, [IEEE members are] making it possible for cars to communicate with roadway devices to better detect hazards for accident reduction, as well as trigger emergency response, if necessary.”

Other intelligent transportation systems R&D activities involving IEEE members are said to include:

  • Developing “electric highways” with sufficient charging stations to power electric vehicles for long drives
  • Traffic-adaptive cruise control based on robotic simulator research
  • Exploring mathematical methods to solve a variety of highway safety and vehicle control challenges for driver assistance systems
  • Wireless sensor-based early warning systems for vehicular collision avoidance systems
  • Improving real-time train dispatching through broadband wireless communication
  • Advancements of linear-motor powered transport systems using magnetic suspension and propulsion, or “maglev” technology for more sustainable mass transportation
  • Developing controls and processes to mitigate the exposure of intelligent transportation systems to malicious attacks
  • Basic approaches in artificial transportation systems

In particular, the IEEE notes the ITS-related R&D efforts of the following four IEEE members:

  • Professor Xuming Fang, Ph.D., member of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, IEEE Information Theory Society and IEEE Communications Society, is based in China and specializes in the studies of wireless and mobile communication networks, computer networks, and high-speed railway broadband wireless communications. Professor Fang is leading research to improve high-speed railway wireless communication in China.
  • Professor Azim Eskandarian, D.Sc., an IEEE member based in the U.S., is a professor of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, director of the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) and coordinator of the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Transportation Safety and Security Program. His research efforts are divided into four separate laboratories, including two complete passenger vehicle and truck driving simulator labs to address the problem of drowsy driving.
  • Christoph Stiller, Ph.D., an IEEE Senior Member based in Germany, and vice president of Member Activities of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. His interests span cognition for mobile systems, computer vision and real-time applications in intelligent transportation systems to answer the growing world population’s demand for autonomous mobility.
  • Richard Thornton, IEEE Life Fellow based in the U.S., has worked on “maglev” and linear motor development since 1968, including work on high-speed electrodynamic and electromagnetic systems for sustainable and faster alternatives to conventional steel railways.

“We continue to leverage global techniques in engineering, computing and technology to advance integrated communications systems for automotive, railway and aircraft guidance,” explains Eskandarian. “From developing artificial neural networks for network modeling, driver behavior modeling and automotive safety, to improving vehicular situational awareness, engineers are working to progress vehicle collision avoidance methods, advance traffic warning systems and improve driver assistance.”

Upcoming IEEE-sponsored events

Additionally, the IEEE is hosting two ITS events next month:

Further information regarding the IEEE’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, visit the society’s website.

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