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Project Group on Vehicular VLC [PG]

L.079.07007 (CS & CE students), Winter 2017/2018 and Summer 2018

L.048.28032 (EE students), Winter 2017/2018

L.048.98032 (EE students), Summer 2018


This project group is being offered to complement our "Master Seminar" series, each issue of which treats current topics in the context of active research domains.

Learning Outcome

In the course of the project group, attendants will refine their skills of quickly familiarizing themselves with an active research process, investigating new concepts in a small group of students.

Course details

This master course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English.

  • Project Group



In this project group we aim to build on top of the VLC transmitter and receiver prototypes developed in the scope of the previous project group of the same topic. The end-goal is to have a low-latency robust communication system with a minimum range of 25 m, which can enable vehicle platooning. The work is split into three parts:

  • improvement of the transmitter and receiver PCBs (EE, Winter 2017/2018)
  • development of a transmitter PCB for a modern matrix LED headlight and taillight (EE, Summer 2018)
  • improvement of OFDM and DSSS modulation techniques using software defined radio (SDR)
  • investigation of medium access stratgies for Vehicular VLC and their implementation in SDR.

Schedule (Summer 2018, effective May 16)

April 18, 2018, 1000-1200 (c.t.), F0.560, First meeting, topics, scheduling

April 25, 2018, 1000-1200 (c.t.), F0.560, µ-Seminar

Wednesdays, 0900-1000 (c.t.), F0.560, Weekly meeting

Wednesdays 0900-1300, FU 108 (Radio Lab), Lab day (pt. 1)

Thursdays 0900-1300 (cont. open-end), FU 108 (Radio Lab), Lab day (pt. 2)



  1. Shun-Hsiang Yu, O. Shih, Hsin-Mu Tsai, N. Wisitpongphan and R. Roberts, "Smart automotive lighting for vehicle safety," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 51 (12), pp. 50–59, December 2013. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  2. Cen B. Liu, Bahareh Sadeghi and Edward W. Knightly, "Enabling Vehicular Visible Light Communication (V2LC) Networks," Proceedings of 8th ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Internetworking (VANET 2011), Las Vegas, NV, September 2011, pp. 41–50. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  3. Bugra Turan, Omer Narmanlioglu, Sinem Coleri Ergen and Murat Uysal, "Broadcasting brake lights with MIMO-OFDM based vehicular VLC," Proceedings of 8th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2016), Columbus, OH, December 2016. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  4. Hua-Yen Tseng, Yu-Lin Wei, Ai-Ling Chen, Hao-Ping Wu, Hsuan Hsu and Hsin-Mu Tsai, "Characterizing link asymmetry in vehicle-to-vehicle Visible Light Communications," Proceedings of 7th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2015), Kyoto, Japan, December 2015, pp. 88–95. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  5. Ciprian G. Gavrincea, Jorge Baranda and Pol Henarejos, "Rapid prototyping of standard-compliant visible light communications system," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 52 (7), pp. 80–87, July 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  6. Murat Uysal, Zabih Ghassemlooy, Abdelmoula Bekkali, Abdullah Kadri and Hamid Menouar, "Visible Light Communication for Vehicular Networking: Performance Study of a V2V System Using a Measured Headlamp Beam Pattern Model," IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, vol. 10 (4), pp. 45–53, December 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  7. Alin-Mihai Cailean and Mihai Dimian, "Impact of IEEE 802.15.7 Standard on Visible Light Communications Usage in Automotive Applications," IEEE Communications Magazine, 2017. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  8. Wantanee Viriyasitavat, Shun-Hsiang Yu and Hsin-Mu Tsai, "Channel Model for Visible Light Communications Using Off-the-shelf Scooter Taillight," Proceedings of 5th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2013), Boston, MA, December 2013, pp. 170–173. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  9. Dobroslav Tsonev, Sinan Sinanovic and Harald Haas, "Enhanced subcarrier index modulation (SIM) OFDM," Proceedings of IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2011), Houston, TX, December 2011, pp. 728–732. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  10. Amir Masood Khalid, Giulio Cossu, Raffaele Corsini, Pallab Choudhury and Ernesto Ciaramella, "1-Gb/s Transmission Over a Phosphorescent White LED by Using Rate-Adaptive Discrete Multitone Modulation," IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 4 (5), pp. 1465–1473, October 2012. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  11. Liang Wu, Zaichen Zhang, Jian Dang and Huaping Liu, "Adaptive Modulation Schemes for Visible Light Communications," Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 33 (1), pp. 117–125, January 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]

White Papers and Documentation

  1. Parth H. Pathak, Xiaotao Feng, Pengfei Hu and Prasant Mohapatra, "Visible Light Communication, Networking, and Sensing: A Survey, Potential and Challenges," IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol. 17 (4), pp. 2047 – 2077, February 2015. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  2. Dilukshan Karunatilaka, Fahad Zafar, Vineetha Kalavally and Rajendran Parthiban, "LED Based Indoor Visible Light Communications: State of the Art," IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials, vol. 17 (3), pp. 1649–1678, March 2015. [BibTeX, Details...]


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