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Welcome from the General Co-chairs
David G Michelson and Ibrahim J Gedeon

On behalf of the IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), IEEE VTC2014-Fall, and the many talented and dedicated volunteers and staff who have contributed their time and effort, we welcome you to Vancouver!

Innovation is both a central theme of IEEE VTC2014-Fall and an important element of the planning that has gone into the conference. We have constructed a superb technical program as discussed in the welcoming remarks by Robert Schober and Aaron Gulliver, our Technical Program Co-Chairs. In addition, we have added two significant new elements:

1. We are the first VTC to use a mobile app to communicate the conference agenda to attendees. The IEEE VTC2014-Fall Mobile App will display the conference schedule, share session details and conference venue maps, and allow you to set session reminders and share your experience.

2. We are the first VTC to arrange a continuous track of presentations by industry experts over three theme days. We have effectively attached an industry conference onto the traditional VTC technical program. The target audience for these tracks include both regular conference attendees and engineers from industry.

Here is how the new Industry Track will unfold:

On Monday, 15 September, we will host 5G Wireless Day. Co-chaired by Ibrahim Gedeon of TELUS, and Peiying Zhu of Huawei Canada, 5G Wireless Day will feature keynote presentations, sessions on Wireless System Planning Tools, Millimetre Wave Access, The Challenge of Defining 5G, and a special evening session on Wireless Technologies for Freight and Asset Tracking.

On Tuesday, 16 September, we will host Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Day. Co-chaired by Barrie Kirk of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Center of Excellence (CAVCOE) and David Atnikov of Novax Industries, Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Day will feature keynote presentations, sessions on Autonomous Vehicles and Connected Vehicles,and a Panel Discussion.

On Wednesday, 17 September, we will host Electric Vehicle and Vehicular Electronics Day. Co-chaired by Lee Stogner of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Initiative (TEI) and David Michelson of the University of British Columbia, Electric Vehicle and Vehicular Electronics Day will feature keynote presentations, a session on Electric Vehicle Charging Initiatives in BC, and a Workshop on Automotive EMC.

We look forward to an exciting IEEE VTC2014-Fall conference and hope that our innovations will enhance your technology experience. We also hope that you will be able to find time before or after the conference to enjoy the many exciting experiences that Vancouver has to offer.

Welcome from the Technical Program Co-chairs
Aaron Gulliver and Robert Schober

On behalf of the technical program committee of the IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), we would like to welcome you to Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We believe we have assembled an exciting technical program with high quality papers that provide new insights, present thought-provoking new ideas, and significantly advance the state of the art. The program is divided into 13 regular tracks, with each track targeting one specific aspect of vehicular technology research, and one recent results track, which reports the latest research results in the VTS community.

All 824 submitted papers went through a rigorous review process and each paper was evaluated by at least three independent reviewers. Only papers that had an overall score of more than 3 out of 5 were considered for acceptance and after much deliberation and additional reviewing by the track co-chairs, 437 papers were finally accepted. In this context, we would like to particularly thank the 44 track TPC co-chairs who volunteered a considerable amount of their time and expertise to ensure a fair, rigorous, and timely review process. Furthermore, we would like to thank the more than 600 TPC members for finding competent reviewers and for reviewing many of the submitted papers themselves. We are also grateful to the reviewers for providing fair evaluations of the merits of the papers and valuable feedback to the authors. Last but not least, we would like to thank the authors for submitting their work to VTC2014-Fall, which has allowed us to assemble a high quality technical program.

Although the excellent technical presentations, panels, tutorials, and keynotes as well as the networking with colleagues will certainly capture much of your attention, we hope you still will have time to explore the many beautiful sites and interesting activities that Vancouver has to offer. Famous sites such as Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain, Steveston Harbor, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) campus as well as world-class institutions such as Science World and the Vancouver Aquarium and sandy beaches are only minutes away from downtown. Day or half-day trips allow for activities such as whale watching and hiking in the surrounding mountains or visiting the beautiful campuses of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby and the University of Victoria (UVic) on Vancouver Island.

We hope you will have a memorable and educational conference and an unforgettable visit to Vancouver!

Welcome from the VTS President
Fabrice Labeau

On behalf of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, it give me great pleasure to welcome you to the IEEE 80th Vehicular Technology Conference in Vancouver.

Once again, this edition of VTC will be an opportunity to meet researchers from all over the world who will converge to Vancouver for four days of technical exchanges. For over sixty years this flagship conference of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society has been bringing together individuals from academia, government, and industry around the themes of wireless, mobile, and vehicular technology. Since 1999, VTC has been held twice a year; Held in Seoul in May 2014, it will move to Glasgow, Scotland in the spring of 2015.

My sincere thanks go to the organizing committee, and in particular to the General Chairs David Michelson and Ibrahim Gedeon, and the Technical Program Chairs Aaron Gulliver and Robert Schober, along with their respective teams. They have been assembling an exciting and stimulating program of technical sessions, plenaries and workshops, which will expose you to the latest developments in wireless and mobile technology, but will also explore several related areas such as smart grids, electromagnetic compatibility and intelligent transportation systems The program will also balance academic and industrial viewpoints, through different formats that will allow all participants to take full advantage of their participation in VTC.

This VTC will also be held in an inspiring venue: nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver is a city of breathtaking views, cultural diversity and native heritage. It offers all flavours of entertainment and attractions, from the natural beauty of Stanley Park to the more technological charms of several nearby IEEE milestones sites.

I wish you a wonderful experience in this conference, and hope to personally connect or re-connect with as many of you as possible.