Special Issue "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Platforms, Applications, Security and Services"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlos Tavares Calafate Website E-Mail
Department of Computer Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 València, Spain
Interests: ad-hoc and vehicular networks; UAVs, smart cities and IoT; QoS; network protocols; video streaming; network security
Guest Editor
Dr. Mauro Tropea Website E-Mail
DIMES Department, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: satellite networks; vehicular ad-hoc networks (VANET; flying ad-hoc networks (FANET); UAVs; channel modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has attracted prominent attention from researchers, engineers, and investors in multidisciplinary fields such as agriculture domain, coverage issues, emergency situations, disaster events, farmland and environment monitoring, 3D-mapping, etc. The use of this technology is playing an important role in supporting human activities. Man is concentrating more and more on intellectual work, trying to make practical activities more and more automated in order to increase their efficiency. In this regard, the use of drones is increasingly becoming a key aspect of this automation process. A drone offers many advantages including agility, efficiency, and reduced risk, especially in dangerous missions.

The research on UAVs is becoming increasingly important and, for this reason, we want to propose a Special Issue where we invite submissions of technical papers that may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • UAV platforms: system aspects, sensors, and actuators equipment, architecture/integration, experimental results with prototypes, field tests, test-beds, deployment results, communication system, UAV coordination, algorithms and protocols studies, etc.
  • UAV power/energy efficiency: renewable energy on-board, energy harvesting, wireless power transmission, batteries, smart energy management, etc.
  • Connectivity issues: software-defined radio/networks, virtualized networks, heterogeneous networks, routing protocols, coverage aspects, footprint, channel modeling, etc.
  • Real-time services and applications: localization, unmanned aerial vehicles for autonomous vehicles, QoS services, connection guarantees, real-time communications, video streaming, voice over IP, call conferences, network gaming, slow delay applications, etc.
  • Security and privacy for UAVs: identification, authentication, cryptography, network security, aerial surveillance, UAVs for civil security, UAVs cyber security, etc.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Tavares Calafate
Dr. Mauro Tropea
Guest Editors

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  • UAVs platforms
  • UAV power/energy efficiency
  • Connectivity Issues
  • Real-time services and applications
  • Security and privacy for UAVs

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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