Special Issue "Algorithms for Control and Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Cristina Maria Pinotti
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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Perugia, Via Vanvitelli 1, 06123 Perugia
Interests: design and analysis of algorithms for fundamental operations in Wireless Sensor Networks; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and more specifically Drones; Internet of Things; Computer Networks; Data Dissemination

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few years, drones, and more generally, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) have developed rapidly and been used for emergent civil applications. The most futuristic and promising applications cover a range of diverse fields, including agriculture, public safety, human rights monitoring, disaster management, infrastructure monitoring, package delivery, supply chain, and communication networks. In such contexts, the UAVs will work in cooperation with a large number of diverse, energy-constrained, mobile smart devices that are, and will increasingly be, settled around us. The cooperative work of UAVs, belonging even to different owners, will be of fundamental importance.

For this Special Issue, we are particularly interested in papers that present theoretical algorithmic contributions from the perspective of operations that recur in new applications. The papers should propose mathematical models to describe the problems characteristic of the control and application of UAV systems, study the problems of computational complexity, devise new centralized or distributed algorithms, and also apply optimization techniques with multiple objectives.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theoretical foundations (modeling, design, and analysis of algorithms) for drone/UAV-assisted networks
  • Theoretical foundations for parcel delivery using drones
  • Theoretical foundations for supply chains using drones
  • Theoretical foundations for monitoring recurring operations (planting, weeding, fertilizing) in agriculture using drones/UAVs
  • Theoretical foundations for forest monitoring with drones/UAVs
  • Theoretical foundations for recharging IoT devices with drones
  • Theoretical foundations for control-automated vehicles with UAVs
  • Theoretical foundations for the cooperative use of robots and drones
  • Theoretical foundations of network properties (coverage, connectivity) during emergencies
  • Theoretical foundations of network properties during temporary events
  • Theoretical foundations for monitoring public safety on roads
  • Theoretical foundations for monitoring human rights in hostile environments using drones
  • Theoretical foundations for optimal drone deployment
  • Theoretical foundations for optimal drone coverage
  • Theoretical foundations for cooperative control of multiple UAVs

Prof. Dr. Cristina Maria Pinotti
Guest Editor

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  • algorithms
  • drones/UAVs
  • emergent applications
  • resource optimization
  • networking

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