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Special Issue "Time-Sensitive Networks for Unmanned Aircraft Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hwangnam Kim
Guest Editor
Professor, Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Korea
Interests: unmanned aircraft system, UTM, internet of things, wireless network, cyber physical system, ubiquitous system
Dr. Yong Wun Jung
Guest Editor
Principal Researcher, Unmanned Vehicle Advanced Research Center, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Korea
Interests: unmanned vehicle; hybrid-electric propulsion; sensing and perception; autonomous system; human-machine interface; UTM; PAV
Dr. Honghai Zhang
Guest Editor
Senior Software Engineer, Google Inc., USA
Interests: Realtime communication, Wireless networking, Machine learning, Unmanned aircraft systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), commonly known as drones, are increasingly investigated in various contexts to support humans. Services employing drones can be extended to a wide range of applications, e.g., surveillance, platooning, traffic control, search-and-rescue missions, wild fire monitoring, product delivery, or video taking. In the course of such missions, UASs can make a flying ad hoc network with their neighbors, send their flight status and sensed information through a variety of sensors and cameras to a controller, such as ground control station, and receive commands from it over the network. Therefore, participating UASs require a highly time-sensitive network that should guarantee deterministic properties in packet delivery, positioning, navigation, and timing.

The focus of this Special Issue will be on dealing with requirements, challenges, constraints, theoretical issues, innovative applications, and experimental results with a time-sensitive network of UASs. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Low latency, highly reliable communication systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs);
  • Positioning, navigation and timing for time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Time-sensitive guidance and control for UAS;
  • Time synchronization for time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Reliable transmission with bounded delay over time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Resource management for time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Time-sensitive UAV network in 5G and beyond cellular communication systems;
  • Theoretical analysis and models on time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Security and privacy issues over time-sensitive UAS networks;
  • Empirical results of time-sensitive UAS network testbeds.

Prof. Hwangnam Kim
Dr. Yong Wun Jung
Dr. Honghai Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • low latency
  • time-sensitive network
  • deterministic network
  • cyberphysical systems

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