Special Issues

Drones runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build 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 in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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UAV Design and Applications in Antarctic Research
edited by , Rune Storvold and
submission deadline 30 Jun 2022 | Viewed by 229
Keywords: UAS; remote sensing; communication; Antarctic research; risk management; mapping
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Feature Papers for Drones in Ecology Section
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3767
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics for the Conservation of Threatened Species
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 385
Keywords: Machine learning; Artificial intelligence; Analytics; Conservation; High resolution imagery; Bushfire recovery; Vegetation conservation; Endangered species; Thermal; Lidar
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Drones for Participatory and Community-Based Sciences
edited by Timothy L. Hawthorne, Bo Yang, and
submission deadline 1 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 826
Keywords: UAS  ; UAV  ; Drones  ; Community  ; Participatory  ; Science communication  ; Education
Drones for Biodiversity Conservation submission deadline 20 Aug 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 11967
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
UAVs and Satellite Data for Forest Protection: Remote Sensing, Monitoring, Fire Detection and Emergency Management submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2744
Keywords: forest protection; fire detection; emergency management; sensor networks; UAV patrolling; remote monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Advances in UAV Detection, Classification and Tracking
edited by Daobo Wang and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 7368
Keywords: aerial robots; unmanned aerial vehicles; path planning; aerial formation; drones; trajectory tracking; aerial manipulation; swarm intelligence in robotics; bio-inspired computations for UAVs
Aerodynamics, Stability, Guidance, Navigation and Control of Micro-Air Vehicles: Recent Advances and Challenges
edited by Mehdi Ghommem, , and
submission deadline 1 Sep 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3215
Keywords: Micro-air vehicles; Propulsion mechanisms; Robust control; Adaptive control; Formation control; Aerial manipulation; Unsteady aerodynamics; Robotics/micro-robotics; Fluid– structure interactions; Highly flexible structures; Design optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
UAV Photogrammetry for 3D Modeling submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7336
Keywords: Unmanned aerial vehicles; drones; 3D modeling; Photogrammetry; computer vision; and remote sensing; Mapping; surveying; Sensors; Natural environment; built environment
Drone Inspection in Cultural Heritage
edited by , Salvatore Barba, , Jesus Fernandez-Hernandez, and
submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4668
Keywords: Drones in cultural heritage; Heritage documentation; Drones equipped with geomatic sensors; 3D modeling; 4D analysis; Diagnosis of historical constructions; Data fusion
Security, Privacy and Reliability of Drone Communications for beyond 5G Networks submission deadline 30 Sep 2022 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8098
Keywords: Security; Privacy; Blockchain; Cognitive communications; 5G; B5G; 6G; UAVs; Drones; SDN; Machine learning; Energy efficiency
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drones for Rural Areas Management
edited by , and Laura Garcia
submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1825
Keywords: precision agriculture; remote sensing; unmanned aerial vehicles; photogrammetry; image processing; wireless transmission; object detection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Recent Advances in UAV Navigation
edited by Maarten Uijt de Haag
submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 171
Space Drones for Planetary Exploration submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1808
Keywords: drones; planetary exploration; space robotics; design challenges; solar bodies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Unconventional Drone-Based Surveying submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 6929
Keywords: Structure-from-Motion; unconventional applications; errors; calibration; analysis methods; point clouds repeatability; GSD; scale factor; experiments
Recent Advances in UAVs for Wireless Networks
edited by Shiva Raj Pokhrel, Hai L. Vu and Jinho Choi
submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | Viewed by 161
Keywords: context-awareness; distributed learning; federated learning; quantization; sparsification; and network coding methods; transfer learning; semantic communication; context aware swarm networks; transport; network; and physical layer diversity protocols; intelligent drones' data processing; signal processing; space signal detection and estimation; UAVs testbed and drones simulators; automation and orchestration of platooning; decentralized learning and semantic communication; performance limits for distributed learning and semantic communication over UAVs/drones; distributed learning with practical semantic communication conditions
Feature Papers for Drones in Agriculture and Forestry Section
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 933
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Yield Prediction Using Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
edited by and
submission deadline 1 Nov 2022 | Viewed by 356
Keywords: UAV application; Yield estimation/ prediction; Deep learning (DL); Multi-temporal; Sensor-fusion; Image processing; Hyperspectral; Multispectral; Crop production; Remote Sensing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Intelligent Coordination of UAV Swarm Systems submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3230
Keywords: UAV swarm systems; intelligent perception and cognition; swarm navigation and positioning; autonomous decision and planning; cooperative guidance and control; UAV simulation and experiment; swarm intelligence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Recent Advances in Crop Protection Using UAV and UGV
edited by Ruirui Zhang, Andrew Hewitt and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | Viewed by 306
Keywords: crop protection; chemical application; remote sensing; intelligent agriculture; forest protection; precision agriculture; agriculture aerial application
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
From UAS to BIM: Methods and Design for the Multiscale Metric and Spatial Documentation and Representation of Built Heritage and Infrastructures submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | Viewed by 149
Keywords: UAS photogrammetry; as-built models; BIM; HBIM; urbanBIM; standard interoperability; point cloud segmentation
Recent Advances in Aerial and Ground Robotic Swarm Networks
edited by Marco Di Felice and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 661
Keywords: drones; unmanned aerial and robotic networks; swarm formation and control; communication protocols and wireless technologies for robotic systems; autonomic and self-organizing coordination and communication in robotic networks
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
AAM Integration: Strategic Insights and Goals
edited by Georgi Georgiev, Friedrich-Wilhelm Bauer, Ralf Sindelar, and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | Viewed by 215
Keywords: unmanned aircraft systems; advanced air mobility; integration; existing mobility systems; situational awareness; urban airspace
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
UAVs Communications for 6G
edited by Sai Huang, , Xue Wang, and Zhiyong Feng
submission deadline 30 Nov 2022 | Viewed by 83
Keywords: UAV-assisted 6G communications; space– air– ground integrated network; integrated sensing and communications; trajectory optimization and resource allocation; physical layer security and radio monitoring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Bioinspiration, Biomimicry, and Soft Robotics of Drones
edited by Zhan Tu, and Fan Fei
submission deadline 1 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 120
Keywords: bio-inspired sensing principle; bio-inspired sensors on drones; bio-inspired sensing method on drones; bio-inspired control principles; bio-inspired control mechanism on drones; bio-inspired control method on drones; bio-inspired motion planning on drones
UAVs in 5G and beyond Networks submission deadline 15 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 24
Keywords: UAVs; 5G and beyond networks; NFV; SDN; network slicing; FANET; network security; 5G testbeds; data-centric models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Urban Air Mobility (UAM)
edited by , Antonio Pratelli, , Silvio Semanjski, Massimiliano Petri and
submission deadline 20 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 470
Keywords: drones; urban air mobility (UAM); advanced air mobility (AAM); operations planning; radar; lidar; camera; digital twin; virtual certification; flight dynamics; noise; emissions; emergency landing; autonomous flight control; decision making; emergency logistics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Multi-UAVs Control
edited by and Filiberto Muñoz
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | Viewed by 58
Keywords: multi-UAV; cooperative control; formations; behavior-based algorithms; leader– follower UAV; multi-agent UAV systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Honorary Special Issue for Prof. Max F. Platzer submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3307
Keywords: UAV/μ UAV/MAV/NAV; fixed-wing/rotary-wing/flapping-wing drones; space/marine/aerial/underwater drones; flight dynamics and control; drone design and development; fluid– structure interaction/aeroelasticity/hydroelasticity; bioinspiration and biomimicry; drone development; stability; and manufacturing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Drone Computing Enabling IoE
edited by , Faris A. Almalki, Jahan Hassan, , Alexey V. Shvetsov and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1817
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
UAS in Smart Agriculture
edited by Fei Liu
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 482
Keywords: smart agriculture; digital agriculture; remote sensing; unmanned control and operation system; multiresource 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 system; variable operation prescription technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Application of UAS in Construction submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2580
Keywords: unmanned aircraft system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); drone; computer vision; image processing; construction management; built environment; building information modeling (BIM)
Cooperation of Drones and Other Manned/Unmanned Systems
edited by Yu-Jun Zheng and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 810
Keywords: drones; hybrid manned– unmanned systems; cooperation; optimization
Autonomous Flight of Drone: Control, Trajectory Optimization and Mission Planning
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 802
Keywords: pilot control; intelligent control; UAV formation control; trajectory optimization; mission planning; autonomous system
(Re)Defining the Archaeological Use of UAVs
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 15118
Keywords: Archaeology; Ancient monuments; Landscape archaeology; Heritage documentation; Airborne remote sensing; Airborne geophysics; Monochromatic; multi- and hyper-spectral reflectance and thermal imaging; Data fusion
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Atmospheric Research
edited by Miroslaw Zimnoch and
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 44
Keywords: boundary layer dynamics; greenhouse gases; air pollution; urban meteorology; surface emission estimates; drones; UAV; remote sensing; surface– atmosphere interaction; surface energy balance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Applications of UAVs in Civil Infrastructure
edited by Guido Morgenthal and
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 50
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; civil infrastructure; condition assessment; surveying; image analysis; monitoring; 3D modeling; flight control; natural disaster response
Edge Computing and IoT Technologies for Drones
edited by , , Xiangbo Kong and Hiroki Nishikawa
submission deadline 31 Jan 2023 | Viewed by 96
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Using Drones for Individual Tree Detection (ITD) and Its Applications submission deadline 1 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 228
Keywords: forest health monitoring and management; forest attributes mensuration and modeling; individual tree crown delineation; species classification; biomass mapping; pest management; 3D point clouds; UAV-LiDAR; multispectral and hyperspectral data; data fusion; machine learning and deep learning; time series analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
UAS for Protecting the Historical Built Environment: Monitoring, Damage Detection, and Diagnostics of Heritage Infrastructure Supported by Aerial Systems
edited by , Giulia Sammartano and
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 126
Keywords: built heritage; optical; infrared; multispectral; hyperspectral and geomatics sensors; data fusion; NDE of historical buildings and infrastructure; multi-temporal mapping and 3D modeling; damage localization and monitoring; intelligent drone-based and drone-supported solutions
Intelligent Image Processing and Sensing for Drones
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 33
Keywords: visible / infrared thermal / multispectral image analysis  ; LiDAR / SAR with a drone  ; video surveillance  ; monitoring and inspection  ; 3D imaging and visualization  ; detection; recognition; and tracking  ; segmentation and feature extraction  ; image registration and fusion
UAV-Assisted Intelligent Vehicular Networks
edited by Dawei Wang and Ruonan Zhang
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 60
Keywords: intelligent transportation systems (ITSs); unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); vehicle-to-everything (V2X); vehicular networks; mobile edge computing (MEC)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
UAV Trajectory Generation, Optimization and Cooperative Control
edited by , Haitao Nie, Yikang Yang, Xue Li, Jinliang Shao, Lei Shi and Mengji Shi
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 100
Keywords: UAV trajectory generation  ; UAV trajectory optimization  ; collision avoidance  ; multi-UAV systems and cooperative control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Unmanned Surface Vehicle
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2023 | Viewed by 66
Keywords: USV; mathematical modeling; motion control; path planning; navigation and positioning; formation control; heterogeneous system; simulation
Resilient UAV Autonomy and Remote Sensing
edited by , San Jiang, , Mao Tian, and Jian Zhou
submission deadline 31 Mar 2023 | Viewed by 307
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
Research of Intelligent Transportation Systems Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
edited by and Yong Ma
submission deadline 30 Apr 2023 | Viewed by 49
Keywords: intelligent transportation systems; unmanned aerial vehicles; artificial intelligence and machine learning; deep learning; reinforcement learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
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