IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) is a scholarly archival journal published monthly that focuses on the key technical issues related to Mobile Computing. It is the intent of TMC to publish mature works of research, typically those that have appeared in part in conferences. Furthermore, it is the intent of TMC to focus on issues at the link-layer and above in wireless communications, and to focus only on topics explicitly or plausibly related to mobile systems. Read the full scope of TMC.

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From the December 2017 issue

Multi-Lane Pothole Detection from Crowdsourced Undersampled Vehicle Sensor Data

By Andrew Fox, B.V.K. Vijaya Kumar, Jinzhu Chen, and Fan Bai

featured article thumbnailAs smart vehicles have become more ubiquitous, the capability now exists to detect environmental road features (e.g., potholes, road incline angle, etc.) from their embedded sensor data. By aggregating data from multiple vehicles, crowdsourcing can be leveraged to detect environmental information with improved accuracy. We focus on using such data to detect and localize potholes on multi-lane roads. Extracting information from aggregated vehicle data is challenging due to undersampling sensors, sensor mobility, asynchronous sensor operation, sensor noise, vehicle and road heterogeneity, and GPS position error. GPS position error is particularly problematic in multi-lane environments since the position error is generally larger than standard lane widths. In this paper, we investigate these issues and develop a crowdsourced system to detect and localize potholes in multi-lane environments using accelerometer data from embedded vehicle sensors. Our crowdsourced system reduces the required network bandwidth by determining road incline and bank angle information in each vehicle to filter acceleration components that do not correspond to pothole conditions. We evaluate our system on simulated and real-world data, analyze tradeoffs in the number of vehicles and the amount of bandwidth required for accurate detection, and compare the results to the simpler single lane detection scenario.

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Editorials and Announcements


  • We are pleased to announce that Marwan Krunz, the Kenneth VonBehren Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, USA, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing starting in 2017.
  • We are pleased to announce that Kevin Almeroth, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California in Santa Barbara, has been named the new Associate Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing starting in 2017.
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TMC is published in cooperation with: IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE Technology Management Council, IEEE Information Theory Society, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

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