LTE and vehicular communications: build a LTE-V2X simulation framework

Multi-Layer Wireless Solutions
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Thesis Type: Master Thesis for Telecommunication and/or Communication Engineering or related fields

• Strong experience with C/C++ programming languages
• Strong experience with Python/bash scripting and Linux environment
• Good knowledge of network simulation concepts
• Knowledge of mobile networks

Vehicular networking is historically based on IEEE 802.11p, but some recent proposals to exploit LTE have been made. The advances in mobile network technologies to reach the 5G has significantly enhanced the performance of LTE mobile networks and further enhancements are still in progress. New LTE releases include features supporting Proximity Services, Device-to-Device communication and V2X (vehicular-to-everything) communications. The adoption of LTE-V2X can improve the performance of vehicular communication use cases, in particular for safety applications at high speed, and it will permit the implementation of new use cases delivering more advanced services to the road users. The implementation of LTE-V2X requires the availability of hardware supporting the new LTE releases. In the meanwhile, performance of LTE-V2X and use cases implementation can be verified by simulations.

The aim of the thesis work will be to develop a module of the ns-3 simulator that implements the LTE-V2X feature as standardized by the 3GPP. The student will first analyze the available ns-3 LTE module to understand which additional functionalities have to be implemented in the simulator to have a standard-compliant ns-3 module for LTE-V2X. The main task of the student will be then to develop the software code for implementing this module. Eventually specific vehicular use cases will be selected and simulated using the developed LTE-V2X module.

Contact: interested candidates send a resume with attached the list of exams/grades taken during the Bachelor of Science to specifying the thesis title.