Michele Segata

I am a PostDoc research fellow at the University of Trento, Italy and a Contract Professor at the University of Bolzano, Italy. I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Trento in 2009 and 2011, respectively. In 2016 I received a double PhD in Computer Science from the Universities of Innsbruck (Austria) and Trento. I joined a double degree program spending (roughly) half of my PhD in Innsbruck with the CCS group of Prof. Falko Dressler (now at Paderborn University) and half of my PhD in Trento with the ANS group of Prof. Renato Lo Cigno.

My main research focus is on automated car following (or platooning), i.e., a vehicular networking-based application where a group of vehicles autonomously follow a common leader at close gap. In my work I am trying to understand the impact of the wireless network on the dynamics of the vehicles. i.e., how network’s behavior impact the performance of the control system, and viceversa. To this aim, I developed Plexe an open-source platooning simulation tool that models both network and vehicles dynamics with high realism, taking into account state-of-the-art IEEE 802.11p models, as well as detailed engine models and real world control systems for vehicles. I have also been working on the evaluation of the benefits of vehicular-network based safety application, as well as on a Software Defined Radio implementation of an IEEE 802.11 a/g/p transceiver. Check out my publications for more details.