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Special Issue "Deployment and Navigation of Aerial Drones and Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Monitoring, Communication and Delivery"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensor Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Savkin
Guest Editor
University of New South Wales, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Interests: robot navigation; deployment of drones; control of power systems; robust control and filtering; hybrid dynamical systems; control engineering; biomedical engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

We are inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Sensors on the subject area of "Deployment and Navigation of Aerial Drones and Unmanned Marine Vehicles for Communication, Monitoring and Delivery". The use of aerial drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and unmanned marine vehicles (UMVs) is rapidly expanding to numerous applications, such as communication, environmental monitoring, rescue operations, policing, surveillance, product deliveries, aerial and underwater photography, underwater archeology, marine geology, agriculture, and fishing. For these applications, efficient deployment and navigation of aerial drones are critical issues. Advanced methods of navigation and deployment play an important role in achieving a reliable, robust, secure, and cost-effective functioning of networks of UAVs or UMVs. Researchers and engineers worldwide are working together to develop novel and efficient tools of deployment and navigation of aerial drones and unmanned marine vehicles for communication, monitoring, and delivery. This Special Issue is focused on new developments in the field of placement and navigation of UAVs and UMVs for various applications. 

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: 

Reactive deployment of aerial drones;

Proactive deployment of aerial drones;

UAV navigation;

Surveillance and following of moving objects by UAVs;

Navigation of unmanned underwater vehicles;

Navigation of unmanned surface vehicles;

Networks of UAVs and UMVs;

UAV and UMV path planning;

Collision avoidance for UAVs and UMVs;

Deployment and control of flying sensor networks;

Coverage control in UAV surveillance;

Environmental monitoring by UAVs and UMVs;

Drone delivery;

Deployment of charging stations for delivery drones;

Deployment of UAVs for communication;

Navigation for securing UAV communication;

UAV eavesdropping. 

Prof. Dr. Andrey V. Savkin
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Networks of drones
  • Deployment of aerial drones
  • Aerial surveillance and monitoring
  • Navigation of UAVs
  • Navigation of unmanned surface vehicles
  • Navigation of unmanned underwater vehicles
  • Networks of marine vehicles
  • UAV path planning
  • Internet of Drones
  • Internet of flying robots
  • UAV collision avoidance
  • UAV communication
  • Drone delivery
  • Flying sensor networks
  • Mobile underwater sensor networks

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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