The Department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus cordially invites you to the Colloquium entitled:

From Human Driving to Social Vehicle Navigation


Speaker: Prof. Liviu Iftode
Affiliation: Rutgers University, USA
Category: Colloquium
Location: Room 148, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences (FST-01), 1 University Avenue, 2109 Nicosia, Cyprus (directions)
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 15:00-16:00 EET
Host: Marios Dikaiakos (

The time when the driver had to pay full attention to driving will soon be history. The rapid progress in prototyping autonomous and semi-autonomous driverless vehicles will allow computers to replace human driving either completely or most of the time. This transformative technology is already raising many challenging problems starting from real-time performance, to networking, fault tolerance, human-computer interface, and security, to name just a few. If drivers will not need to drive, what else can they do to improve their journeys on the road? In this talk, I will discuss several ideas and projects that may answer this question. First, I will talk about vehicle social networks (VSNs), a novel class of mobile social networking, which we proposed back in 2008. A VSN connects people driving regularly on the same road at the same time, or towards the same destination, who share similar interests, for instance related to the road and traffic condition. I will present two such VSN applications we developed: RoadSpeak and the social vehicle navigation. My talk will also introduce the idea of individualized route calculation and how this can be achieved through the help of other drivers or by crowdsourcing it in real time as human-computing tasks. Finally, I will conclude the talk with a proposal to equip cars with mobile pollution sensors to collect air quality data in real-time, and present preliminary steps towards this goal.

Short Bio:
Liviu Iftode is a professor of Computer Science at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1998. Liviu Iftode’s research interests include operating systems, distributed systems, mobile and vehicular computing and networking, mobile systems security, and, more recently, online social networks.

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