Connected Vehicles and Smart Transportation A University-Industry-Government Partnership


Alberto Leon-Garcia (Scientific Director): Alberto Leon-Garcia is a Fellow of the IEEE “For contributions to multiplexing and switching of integrated services traffic”. In 2006, he received the Thomas Eadie Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions to the area of communications, and in 2010 he received the IEEE A. G. T. McNaughton Gold Medal for contributions to the engineering profession.  He holds a Canada Research Chair in Autonomic Service Architecture.

From 1999 to 2002, he was founder and CTO of AcceLight Networks in Ottawa which developed an all-optical fabric multi-terabit/second, multiservice core switch.  He holds several patents and has published research extensively in the areas of switch architecture and traffic management. Professor Leon-Garcia’s current research interests are focused on application-oriented networking and autonomic resources management with a focus on enabling smart infrastructure.  His research team is currently developing a network and applications testbed that will enable at-scale experimentation in new network protocols and distributed applications.

Professor Leon-Garcia is recognized as an innovator in networking education. In 1986, he led the development of the University of Toronto – Northern Telecom Network Engineering Program. He also founded in 1997 the Master of Engineering in Telecommunications program, and the communications and networking options in the undergraduate computer engineering program. He is author of the leading textbooks: Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, and Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architecture. 


Hans-Arno Jacobsen: Hans-Arno Jacobsen is Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He holds the Bell University Laboratories Chair in Software and he is the chair of the Computer Engineering Group. His research is centered around the activities of the Middleware Systems Research Group (  His research aims to ease the development of scalable, reliable, and secure distributed enterprise applications. In pursuit of these objectives, he engages in basic research on event processing, publish/subscribe, service-orientation, aspect-orientation, and green middleware. In research and development engagements with various companies, he pursues projects on business process management, service delivery models, service and infrastructure management, and e-energy.

Selected research projects include the PADRES Events & Services Bus ( for effective business process management, the eQoSystem project ( for declarative monitoring and control of SLAs (service level agreements) in enterprise applications and business artifacts, and the AspeCtC (ACC) project ( for increasing modularity in systems software and embedded systems.

Professor Jacobsen has served as program committee member of various international conferences, including ICDCS, ICDE, Middleware, SIGMOD, OOPSLA and VLDB. He was the Program Chair of the 5th International Middleware Conference and the General Chair of the Inaugural International Conference on Distributed Event-Based Systems 2007. He is among the initiators of the DEBS ( conference series and the ( research portal. Further information is available from


Baher Adbulhai: Baher Abdulhai is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is Director of the Toronto ITS Centre and Testbed.  He holds a Canada Research Chair in Intelligent Transportation Systems.  Abdulhai is recognized internationally as a leader in ITS, which involves the application of information technology and other advanced methods to improve the performance of transportation systems. As a Canada Research Chair, he is building on the work he has already accomplished at the University of Toronto’s ITS Centre by creating an unprecedented multi-disciplinary ITS research cluster to tackle the major issues in transportation.

Professor Adhulhai co-founded the ONE-ITS consortium with support from CANARIE, Transport Canada, and the Ministry of Transportation Ontario.

Abdulhai is co-founder of IntelliCAN Transportation Systems Inc. which offers advanced modeling of complex transportation systems and ITS software solutions for traffic and transit systems control and management.


Marin Litoiu: Marin Litoiu is an Associate Professor in School of Information Technology and in the graduate program of the Department of Computer Science at York University.  He is Director of the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Research in Adaptive Systems where he leads a research effort to develop technologies to enable agile approaches to software development and evolution. He was also Chair of the Consortium for Software Engineering Research in Canada.

Prior to joining York University, Litoiu was a Research Staff member with the Centre for Advanced Studies in the IBM Toronto Lab where he led research programs in software engineering, system management and autonomic computing. He led more than 30 collaborative projects with professors and students across the globe.  He received the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation in recognition for these collaborative university/industry activities. He was also recipient of the IBM Outstanding Technical Contribution Award.


Ali Tizghadam: CVST project coordinator.