Special Issue "Recent Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Next Generation Wireless Communications Networks"

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X). This special issue belongs to the section "Drone Communications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 384

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Wali Ullah Khan
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Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), University of Luxembourg, 1855 Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Interests: convex/nonconvex optimizations; wireless communication; 5G/6G; ambient backscatter communications; intelligent reconfigurable surfaces; artificial intelligence/machine learning; Internet of Things
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Dr. Xingwang Li
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School of Physics and Electronic Information Engineering, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000, China
Interests: non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA) schemes; physical layer security; backscatter communication for internet of things; reconfigurable intelligent metasurfaces for 6G communications; ultra-reliable and low-latency communication (URLLC); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) communication; hardware-constrained communication systems; unmanned aerial vehicle communication; multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO); energy harvesting
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Dr. Dinh-Thuan Do
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Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO 80204, USA
Interests: reconfigurable intelligent surface-assisted networks; ML/federated learning in wireless systems; heterogeneous networks; massive MIMO; mmWave communication networks; energy harvesting; full-duplex communications; cognitive radio; small cell; non-orthogonal multiple access (NOMA); physical layer security; UAV networks; visible light communication; IoT system
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Due to the high mobility and flexible deployment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in an open environment, they have generated enormous interest in civil and military applications aiming to foster agile communications and enable ubiquitous connectivity. Dominant line-of-sight communication links are a huge benefit of UAV communications; however, UAVs can be more vulnerable to adversarial eavesdropping attacks.

The internet of things (IoT) comprises wearables, smartphones, simple sensor networks, UAVs, and autonomous vehicles. According to the forecast of IoT Analytics, there will be 30 billion IoT devices by 2025. Among them, an UAV—often referred to as a drone—can perform autonomous flight missions or be operated by a pilot from a ground station. UAVs can be used for various applications due to their adaptability, low acquisition and maintenance costs, high mobility, and hovering capability. Since their invention, UAVs have been considered for military purposes, including simple but dangerous tasks such as monitoring and attacking hostile targets. They are also used to grow civilian operations such as rescue efforts, cargo transport, resource exploitation, aerial photography, agriculture, traffic management, and communications. Therefore, it is important to study the latest advancements in UAV communications, such as integration of next-generation technologies into UAV communications. These technologies are intelligent reflecting surfaces, backscatter communications, artificial intelligence/machine learning, integrated sensing and communications, semantic communications, mega LEO constellations, optimal resource allocation, and underwater communications. This Special Issue aims to provide selected contributions on advances in UAV communications.

Dr. Wali Ullah Khan
Dr. Khaled Rabie
Dr. Xingwang Li
Dr. Dinh-Thuan Do
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Manuscript Submission Information

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  • advanced signal processing for UAV communications
  • intelligent reflecting surfaces for UAV communications
  • backscatter communications in UAV communications
  • artificial intelligence/ machine learning for UAV communications
  • integrated sensing for UAV communications
  • semantic communications in UAV communications
  • integration of UAV communications with space and terrestrial networks
  • physical layer security in UAV communications
  • non-orthogonal/ rate splitting multiple access for UAV communications
  • resource optimization for UAV communications

Published Papers

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