Call for Book Chapters


to be published by CRC Press, LLC


Anna Maria Vegni (, Roma TRE University, Italy

Valeria Loscrž (, Inria Lille - Nord Europe, France

Athanasios V. Vasilakos (, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden


Cars have changed significantly over the last years, and will do so in the near future. Especially the integration of more and more sensors, such as camera or radar, and communication technologies opens up a whole new design space for in-vehicle applications. It is expected a different kind of automotive experience, where city streets will teem with small, driverless cars whose wireless capabilities direct traffic flow smoothly, so that to make traffic lights unnecessary. Furthermore, the use of cloud computing technology will enable passengers to work or play games during their commutes, while listening to their favorite music, as chosen by the car based on user profile. Vehicular communications can be considered as the "first social network for automobiles", since each driver can share data with other neighbors. As an instance, heavy traffic is a common occurrence in some areas on the roads (e.g., at intersections, taxi loading/unloading areas, and so on); as a consequence, roads become a popular social place for vehicles to connect to each other. Social characteristics and human behavior largely impact on vehicular ad hoc networks, and this arises to the vehicular social networks, which are formed when vehicles (individuals) "socialize" and share common interests.

The goal of this book is to provide the main features of Vehicular Social Networks (VSNs), from novel emerging technologies to social aspects used for mobile applications, as well as main issues and challenges. VSNs are described as decentralized opportunistic communication networks formed among vehicles. They exploit mobility aspects, and basics of traditional social networks, in order to create novel approaches of message exchange through the detection of dynamic social structures. Particular interest will be given to social aspects that are exploited in vehicular communications for both safety and entertainment applications. Indeed, vehicular communications can be considered as the "first social network for automobiles," because each driver can share data with other neighbors.

Selected topics that are covered in this book are related to: social networking techniques, social-based routing techniques applied to vehicular networks, data dissemination in VSNs, architectures for VSNs, as well as novel trends and challenges in VSNs. The book aims to provide significant technical and practical insights in different aspects, starting from a basic background on social networking, the inter-related technologies and applications to vehicular ad-hoc networks, the technical challenges, implementation and future trends.

Chapters dealing with the following aspects (but not limited to) are welcome:

Important Dates

Abstract submission: September 1, 2015

Abstract notification: September 15, 2015

Final manuscript: December 31, 2015

Review notification: February 28, 2016

Chapter submission: April 15, 2016

Book submission to CRC Press: May 1, 2016