PITTSBURGH (June 11, 2019) — A team of students from the University of
Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering competed as finalists in this year’s
Cornell Cup – Arm Enabled with their project, V2 Communications, an
inter-vehicle communication network.
The Cornell Cup – Arm Enabled is a design competition that
invites engineering students to submit an invention or project featuring
embedded technology. It offers finalists funding, access to expert reviews, and
the opportunity to present their project at a two-day expo at the NASA Kennedy
The team competed against 11 other finalist teams from Worcester
Polytechnic Institute, University of California - Irvine, Purdue University,
Boston University, University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Tech, and Drexel
University from May 3-4.
The goal of V2 Communications is to develop an inter-vehicle
communication network so that any cars with a Controller
Area Network (CAN) bus system can share real-time driving data such as
speed, acceleration, and engine status with other cars within 100 meters—information
that may lead to fewer accidents and greater traffic throughput capacity on the
road. The system includes security measures, ensuring it is resistant to packet
injection and spoofing attacks.
The team consisted of Haihui Zhu, rising junior in
electrical and computer engineering, and Zachary M. Mattis, who graduated this
semester with a bachelor degree in computer engineering. The pair were
interested in the concept of cars “talking” to one another on the road and
decided to pursue the project last fall. Sami Mian, doctoral candidate, and Sam
Dickerson, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Undergraduate Computer Engineering
program, served as advisors for the team.
Now, the team will spend time researching the market and
determining what’s next for V2 Communications.
“There are some technology companies already working on
vehicle-to-vehicle communications. For example, Peloton Technology focuses on
automated delivery and provides truck platooning,” Zhu explains. “One of the
next steps is to do research on these companies and understand the market need.
We also plan to improve our V2 solution with mmWave sensors and 5G beamforming.”
“This was a great opportunity for our students
to think critically and apply the things they’ve learned in the classroom,” says
Dr. Dickerson. “We’re proud of them for representing us well at the finals and
look forward to seeing what the future has in store for V2 Communications.”
Maggie Pavlick, 6/11/2019
Contact: Paul Kovach