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Vehicular Networks [C2X]

L.079.05808, Summer 2015


Today's automotive industry is increasingly relying on computer science in product innovation. Young professionals are expected to have specialized knowledge in the fields of electronics, software and vehicular networks -- both in-car networks and networks of moving cars. This lecture teaches important concepts from these domains, starting with in-car networks (from individual electronic control units, modern bus systems, system and network architectures, to driver assistance functions, security and safety). The lecture then moves to networks of moving cars (from communication technology and system architectures, to the design of advanced traffic information systems, security and safety). Particular emphasis is given to the relevant question of balancing users' privacy with their safety and security.

Learning Outcome

The learning objective is to understand the fundamental concepts of vehicular networking. Students understand these concepts and are able to apply this knowledge.

General Information / Methods

This master course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English. Oral exams can be organized in English as well as in German.

  • 4 ECTS (Lecture: 2 SWS, Exercises: 1 SWS)



This course consists of alternating blocks of lectures and exercises, in the following order. The lecture gives an overview and background information on the topics of in-car and car-to-x communication as well as the performance evaluation of such systems. During the exercises this knowledge will be applied in hands-on simulative performance studies. All simulation code will be written in C++ and executed on Linux systems.

  • Monday, 1:15pm - 3:45pm, F1.110
  • April 13, 2015: Lecture (Course Organization / In-Car)
  • April 20, 2015: Lecture (In-Car)
  • April 27, 2015: Lecture (In-Car)
  • May 4, 2015: Exercises (In-Car)
  • May 11, 2015: Exercises (In-Car)
  • May 18, 2015: Lecture (Simulation)
  • June 1, 2015: Exercises (Simulation)
  • June 8, 2015: Lecture (C2X)
  • June 15, 2015: Lecture (C2X)
  • June 22, 2015: Lecture (C2X)
  • June 29, 2015: Lecture (C2X)
  • July 6, 2015: Exercises (C2X)
  • July 13, 2015: Exercises (C2X)


Oral examination (by appointment)


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


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