Special Issues

Drones publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Emerging Technologies and Innovations in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Control Systems submission deadline 26 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4854 | Submission Open
Keywords: guidance; navigation; and control; sensor design and state estimation; nano technologies; urban air mobility and delivery; space– air– ground integrated network; drone design and development; artificial intelligence; manned-to-unmanned transition; swarming and collaborative tasks; onboard computing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Resilient UAV Autonomy and Remote Sensing submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 18623 | Submission Open
Keywords: drones; UAV; UAV swarm; computer vision; photogrammetry; remote sensing; LiDAR; aerial imagery; image and point cloud fusion; detection and tracking; segmentation; SLAM; path planning; 3D reconstruction; 3D visualization
Unconventional Drone-Based Surveying 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2379 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV/USV/UUV; structure-from-motion; LiDAR; thermal imaging; multispectral/hyperspectral imaging; acoustic sensors and sonars; autonomous drones for surveying; swarms of drones; operation in hard environments
Near Surface Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Systems
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 158 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial systems; robotics; soil; remote sensing; UXO; magnetics; electromagnetic induction; acoustic; land mine; improvised explosive devices; classification; hazardous materials.
When Deep Learning Meets Geometry for Air-to-Ground Perception on Drones
edited by , Gongjian Wen, Yangliu Kuai and Runmin Cong
submission deadline 10 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 15278 | Submission Open
Keywords: object detection; object tracking; object localization; visual slam; embeded vision on drones
UAV-Assisted Mobile Wireless Networks and Applications submission deadline 10 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4305 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV networks; mobility management; network control; routing; traffic management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Intelligent Autonomous Control and Swarm Cooperative Control of Unmanned Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5132 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned system  ; unmanned aerial vehicle  ; UAV swarm  ; cooperative control  ; swarm intelligence  ; autonomous control  ; guidance; navigation and control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drones for Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Science
edited by Brian K. Gullett, Johanna Aurell, Pantelis Velanas, and Katerina Margariti
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5303 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aircraft systems; drones; wildland fire; fire dynamics; sensors; firefighter safety; plume dispersion; meteorological measurements; fire emissions; exposure risk; fire prevention; fire response; fire restoration
UAV Trajectory Generation, Optimization and Cooperative Control
edited by , Haitao Nie, , , Jinliang Shao, and
submission deadline 8 Jul 2024 | 11 articles | Viewed by 14584 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV trajectory generation  ; UAV trajectory optimization  ; collision avoidance  ; multi-UAV systems and cooperative control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drones in the Wild
edited by and Raphael Zufferey
submission deadline 13 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 16441 | Submission Open
Keywords: operations in cluttered spaces; rapid navigation in unknown spaces; novel; unconventional designs allowing new applications; hybrid and multi-modal drones; energy-efficient design; mission planning and control; swarming and collaborative tasks; highly autonomous mission execution; planning and navigation in complex dynamic environments; vision-based control; minimal sensing; navigation in dim or unlit environments; safe/soft drones that cause no damage; demonstration of new applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Intelligent Processing and Application of UAV Remote Sensing Image Data
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10419 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent processing and application; UAV 3D reconstruction in indoor/underground scenes; target detection and tracking; intelligent interpretation of UAV video/image; online and real time processing; collaborative and UAV swarm
UAV Agricultural Management: Recent Advances and Future Prospects submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 295 | Submission Open
Keywords: enhanced crop monitoring using UAVs; real-time monitoring of plant health; optimal resource allocation for farming; detecting and preventing crop diseases; automated irrigation systems using UAVs; improved pest management strategies; high-resolution data for yield prediction; timely identification of nutrient deficiencies; enhanced crop scouting capabilities; minimizing chemical input with UAVs; optimizing harvest timing using drones; sustainable agriculture through UAVs
Conceptual Design, Modeling, and Control Strategies of Drones 3rd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 17 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1939 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); UAV control systems; navigation and control of collaborating UAVs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Distributed Control, Optimization, and Game of UAV Swarm Systems
edited by , Jianglong Yu and Chao Sun
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3904 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV swarm systems; distributed control; formation control; distributed optimization; intelligent motion planning; swarm game; distributed nash equilibrium seeking
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Based Hyperspectral Imaging for Earth Observation
edited by , and Niall Origo
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3630 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); remotely piloted aerial system (RPAS); cal/val; hyperspectral; earth observation applications; UAV-HSI uncertainty; radiometric assessment; geometric assessment; earth observation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Application of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Vegetation Monitoring
edited by
submission deadline 29 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5485 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV; vegetation monitoring; vegetation mapping; image analysis; plant phenotyping; spatio-temporal analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Global Challenges: Current Technologies and Future Prospects submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2810 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAS; UAV; RPAS; and drones; natural disasters; big data; geodata collection and processing; machine and deep learning; three-dimensional mapping
Advances in Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Intelligent Transportation Systems
edited by , Yan Wang, , Henglai Wei and Zhongxu Hu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 486 | Submission Open
Keywords: cooperative use of drones; flight dynamics; intelligent transportation systems; decision making; machine learning; transportation system dynamics; state estimation and parameter identification; active safety control; trajectory prediction; intelligent connected vehicles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Urban Mobility)
Weather Impacts on Uncrewed Aircraft submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10908 | Submission Open
Keywords: uncrewed aircraft; drone; atmospheric boundary layer; micrometeorology; advanced air mobility; atmospheric physics; UAS traffic management; hyperlocal forecasting; trajectory planning; drone sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Dynamics Modeling and Conceptual Design of UAVs
edited by Ni Li, Ban Wang, Shuhui Bu and
submission deadline 16 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1111 | Submission Open
Keywords: dynamics modeling; conceptual design; UAV; control strategies; system identification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Resilient Networking and Task Allocation for Drone Swarms
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7612 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone swarms; UAV ad hoc networks; swarm cooperative communications; swarm secure issues; swarm cooperative decision making
Flight Control and Collision Avoidance of UAVs
edited by Rodney Swee Huat Teo and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 770 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; autonomous navigation; collision avoidance; guidance systems; computer vision; obstacle detection; decision making under uncertainty; safety verification; robust control; multi-object tracking and association; visual servoing; conflict prediction; conflict resolution; collision checking; risk assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Applications of UAVs in Civil Infrastructure submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 15412 | Submission Open
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; civil infrastructure; condition assessment; surveying; image analysis; monitoring; 3D modeling; flight control; natural disaster response
UAS in Smart Agriculture: 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2882 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart agriculture; digital agriculture; remote sensing; unmanned control and operation systems; multi-resource image processing technology; deep learning; plant phenotype; plant disease and pest diagnosis; crop and orchard yield monitoring; weed detection; soil monitoring; 3D digital technology; spraying and sowing systems; variable operation prescription technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Drone Advances in Wildlife Research: 2nd Edition submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1401 | Submission Open
Keywords: wildlife; UAV; fauna; flora; drones; conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Aerial and Drone LiDAR Data for Geomorphological Mapping, Landform Extraction and Landscape Evolution
edited by , , , and Marcello Schiattarella
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 909 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV LiDAR; geomatics; geomorphological mapping; object-based landform extraction; DEM of difference (Dod); short-term geomorphological evolution; landscape evolution model (LEM)
Technologies and Applications for Drone Audition submission deadline 16 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2659 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone audition  ; acoustic signal processing  ; acoustic sensing  ; sound source localization  ; sound source separation  ; sound identification/recognition  ; noise reduction  ; surrounding environment recognition  ; search and rescue
Unmanned Traffic Management Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4939 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned traffic management; flight information management; integrated traffic management; air traffic management; unmanned aircraft; communications; navigation and surveillance (CNS); traffic flow management; collision mitigation; risk analysis
Drone-Based Photogrammetric Mapping for Change Detection
edited by , , and
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 7067 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV; UAS; Photogrammetry; Structure-from-Motion (SfM); Mapping; Surveying; Change Detection; Pattern Recognition; Natural Environment; Built Environment
Radiation Search Operations using Autonomous UAVs and UGVs
edited by , Quiter Brian J. and
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 649 | Submission Open
Keywords: radiation; localization; UAV; UGV; sensor; incident
Optimal Design, Dynamics, and Navigation of Drones
edited by and
submission deadline 27 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6545 | Submission Open
Keywords: optimal design; dynamics; drones; flight control; stability; path planning; sensor fusion; perception; autonomous navigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Recent Advances in UAV Navigation
edited by Maarten Uijt de Haag
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 24965 | Submission Open
Applications of UVs in Digital Photogrammetry and Image Processing submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 316 | Submission Open
Keywords: uncrewed vehicles (UVs); photogrammetry; digital mapping; cartography; GIS
Advances in Perception and Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Vehicles
edited by Rohan Chandra and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 163 | Submission Open
Keywords: generative AI; perception; large language models; foundation models; deep learning; sensor fusion; autonomous vehicles; semantic communication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Urban Mobility)
UAVs for Coastal Surveying
edited by and Brian S. Burnham
submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 12545 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAS; UAV; drone; technology; coastal; marine; data collection; monitoring; mapping; modelling; survey; artificial intelligence (AI); information extraction; geo-visualization; communication; planning; decision-making
Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of Offshore Renewal Energy (ORE) Devices Using Marine Vehicles and Drones submission deadline 1 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 8467 | Submission Open
Keywords: Marine netcentric systems; Offshore operations and maintenance; Artificial intelligence; IoT and edge computing networking; SLAM; Modelling and control; Digital twinning; Hybrid marine vessels; Multirobot systems; Robotics in extreme environments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Advances in Perception, Communications, and Control for Drones submission deadline 10 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5687 | Submission Open
Keywords: perception; drone communications; autonomous control; communication-oriented control; perception-aware control; drone swarms
Intelligent Image Processing and Sensing for Drones 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 14 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 151 | Submission Open
Keywords: visible/infrared thermal/multispectral image analysis; LiDAR/SAR with a drone; security and surveillance; monitoring and inspection; object detection; classification; and tracking; segmentation and feature extraction; image registration and visualization
Advances in Detection, Security, and Communication for UAV
edited by and
submission deadline 16 Oct 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 10594 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV communication; UAV network and 6G; UAV system architecture; interference management; artificial intelligence; detection and data collection; image processing; UAV network security
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
UAVs for Photogrammetry, 3D Modeling, Obtrusive Light and Sky Glow Measurements submission deadline 16 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4508 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)— technical solutions for remote sensing; UAV photogrammetry— procedures; technical solutions; UAVs in civil engineering; UAVs in environmental engineering; UAV image georeferencing accuracy; UAV image quality enhancement; mobile GNSS RTK camera positioning accuracy; neural networks for UAV photogrammetry and remote sensing; sensors for UAV measurements; algorithms for increasing 3D model quality; obstructive light pollution UAVs measurements; UAV photogrammetry at night; UAV obtrusive light and sky glow measurements; UAV artificial light measurements; UAV probes for environmental measurements; 3D mapping accuracy
Space–Air–Ground Integrated Networks for 6G
edited by , , , and Zhiyong Feng
submission deadline 18 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 285 | Submission Open
Keywords: satellite- and UAV-assisted 6G communications; space– air– ground integrated network; integrated sensing and communications; trajectory optimization and resource allocation; physical layer security and radio monitoring; artificial intelligence in SAGINs for 6G communications; unmanned aerial vehicles; drone communications; UAV ad hoc networks; unmanned aerial systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Advances in Civil Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2nd Edition
edited by , Fernando Veiga López, Enrique Aldao Pensado and Gabriel Fontenla-Carrera
submission deadline 18 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 178 | Submission Open
Keywords: drones; surveying; unmanned aircraft systems; regulations; swarm; photogrammetry; remote sensing; earth observation; guidance; navigation; and control; aerodynamics
Path Planning, Trajectory Tracking and Guidance for UAVs submission deadline 20 Oct 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 14657 | Submission Open
Keywords: path planning; trajectory tracking; guidance; navigation and control; autonomous control; trajectory optimization; formation and reconfiguration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Navigation, Control and Mission Planning Advances for Safe, Efficient and Autonomous Drones submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 15810 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone; path following; navigation; control; machine learning; autonomy; UAV; spacecraft
Drone-Based Information Fusion to Improve Autonomous Navigation submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5253 | Submission Open
Keywords: autonomous navigation; localization; computer vision; information fusion; artificial intelligence
Perception, Decision-Making and Control of Intelligent Unmanned System
edited by , and Jinzhen Mu
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3075 | Submission Open
Detection, Identification and Tracking of UAVs and Drones
edited by Richard Han, V.P Nguyen, Karthik Dantu and
submission deadline 25 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 150 | Submission Open
Keywords: detection; tracking; identification; sensor fusion; artificial intelligence; machine learning; localization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
The Application of Image Processing and Signal Processing Techniques in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
edited by , Huai Yu, Jinyong Chen and
submission deadline 26 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6353 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone-view object detection and recognition; drone-view object tracking; UAV sensor fusion; depth estimation for drones; UAV SLAM; drone path planning and navigation; aerial 3D reconstruction; aerial optical/thermal/event image processing; aerial image deblur and enhancement; drone-view powerline detection; drone swarm
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Application of UAS in Construction submission deadline 28 Oct 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 27862 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aircraft system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); drone; computer vision; image processing; construction management; built environment; building information modeling (BIM)
Mobile Fog and Edge Computing in Drone Swarms
edited by , Gokhan Secinti, and
submission deadline 28 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 14504 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV swarm; mobile fog and edge computing; energy-aware computing; wireless network
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