Special Issue "Cutting-Edge Technologies of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Mechanical Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sunghun Jung
Guest Editor
Faculty of Smart Vehicle System Engineering, Chosun University, Gwangju 61452, Korea
Interests: energy-efficient path planning; battery state estimation; unmanned system algorithm; SW development
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Prof. Dr. Kooktae Lee
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
Interests: robotics and control; multi-agent systems; uncertainty quantification; optimization; asynchronous algorithm
Prof. Dr. Kartik B. Ariyur
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School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 585 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: predictive maintenance; heath monitoring for ground and aerial vehicles; data analytics; AI; innovation; nonlinear systems analysis and synthesis; adaptation; estimation; filtering; control; general artificial intelligence
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) services such as sensing, mapping, goods and equipment delivery, inspection, and monitoring have started to grow rapidly with the rapidly falling prices of both drones and the sensors mounted on them. Many of these services involve the gathering of data and their processing with complex algorithms, either in real time or on the cloud, and the precise navigation and path planning of the drones. We invite articles on all aspects of these problems involving UAV services including, but not limited to, the topics below:

  • Data processing and sensor fusion;
  • Obstacle and collision avoidance;
  • Trajectory generation of a single UAV or a group of UAVs;
  • Formation/collaborative control of multiple UAVs;
  • Communications and networks among UAVs;
  • Mission planning for various purposes.

Articles may be submitted on all the areas that currently abound in the news: the inspection of farms, vineyards, ranch animals, petrochemical refineries, oil pipelines and battlefields; the delivery of pesticides and herbicides, food in restaurants, and packages to remote areas and residences; the cutting edge of photography, filming and journalism; search and rescue after catastrophic natural/man-made disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, wildfires and explosions; the mapping of various fields—optical, magnetic, acoustic and chemical; and reconnaissance and tactical bombing on the battlefield. Most of these applications have been performed using single UAVs to date, though the use of a multiplicity of UAVs can significantly improve performance.

Prof. Dr. Sunghun Jung
Prof. Dr. Kooktae Lee
Prof. Dr. Kartik B. Ariyur
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • data processing and sensor fusion
  • obstacle and collision avoidance
  • trajectory generation
  • formation and collaborative control
  • communications and networks
  • mission planning

Published Papers

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