Special Issue "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Geomatics"

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Francesco Nex

Department of Earth Observation, Science (EOS), ITC Faculty, University of Twente PO Box 217, 7500 AE, Enschede, The Netherlands
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Interests: geometric and radiometric sensors; sensor fusion; calibration of imageries; signal/image processing; mission planning; navigation and position/orientation; machine learning; simultaneous localization and mapping; regulations and economic impact; agriculture; geosciences; urban area; architecture; monitoring/change detection; education
Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Giordan

Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, National Research Council, 10135 Torino, Italy
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Interests: geometric and radiometric sensors; sensor fusion; mission planning; navigation and position/orientation; geosciences; natural hazards; monitoring/change detection
Guest Editor
Dr. Ewelina Rupnik

Univ. Paris-Est, LaSTIG ACTE, IGN, ENSG, 94160 Saint-Mande, France
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Interests: image orientation and calibration; sensor fusion; dense image matching; metrology; mobile mapping; geoscience

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has boomed in the last decade, making these flying platforms an instrument for everyday data acquisition in different applications ranging from advanced autonomous navigation to monitoring of environmental parameters. Their flexibility and (relatively) limited costs have made them a valid alternative to traditional measurement techniques, such as land surveying or terrestrial and airborne acquisitions. This has been reflected by the incredible number of contributions in different scientific communities dealing with the use of UAVs.

This Special Issue aims at collecting the most recent developments in the use of UAVs in Geomatics. We welcome submissions dealing with different aspects of the scientific developments in this field, including algorithmic and hardware innovations as well as new methodological best practices. Studies conducted in adjacent domains, such robotics and computer vision, and having the navigation, mapping, and understanding of real world as a main topic are also welcome in this Special Issue.

A list of the relevant topics relevant for this Special Issue includes but is not limited to:

  • Image orientation and accurate georeferencing;
  • Autonomous navigation and obstacle sense and avoidance;
  • Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) and visual odometry;
  • 3D reconstruction from images and laser sensors;
  • 2D and 3D mapping with UAV data;
  • Semantic scene understanding from UAV images and videos;
  • On board sensors fusion;
  • Integration of UAV data with other data sources (LiDAR, airborne, satellite, SAR, etc.);
  • New platforms, payloads and instruments for Geomatics;
  • Online and real time processing/collaborative and fleet of UAVs applied to Geomatics and Remote Sensing’
  • Emerging applications such as the use of UAV for: Search & Rescue, precision farming, natural hazards and environmental monitoring and mapping, change detection, infrastructure monitoring, etc.;
  • Technological challenges and new applications of UAVs;
  • UAV Regulations.

This Special Issue will also feature selected papers from the UAV-g 2019 conference and the EGU 2019 session on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and Geosciences. Authors wishing to have their work considered for this issue, including those not able to present at the conference, should contact the Guest Editors.

Dr. Francesco Nex
Dr. Daniele Giordan
Dr. Ewelina Rupnik
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Drones is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers

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