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Special Issue "UAV-Based Wireless Sensor Networks Systems: Research, Technologies, and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maurizio Magarini
Guest Editor
Department of Electronics, Information, and Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Interests: Advanced Coding and Modulation Schemes for Wireless Communication; Channel Equalization and Estimation; Interference management; alignment; and cancellation in Wireless Networks; Massive MIMO for mmWaves;UAV-based Communications and Networks; Molecular Communications
Dr. Sudheesh Puthenveettil Gopi
Guest Editor
Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India
Interests: wireless communication; interference alignment; MIMO; 5G plus; 6G; GIS in communication; communication with HAPs; communication and networking in UAVs

Special Issue Information

The integration of airborne and terrestrial wireless communications is a new emerging paradigm that is gaining interest from academia and industry due to the need for potential increase of coverage, capacity, delay, and so on. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), acting as aerial base stations (ABS), are considered as the key enabling technology for such an integration scenario. Depending on their altitude, UAVs can be classified into high-altitude platforms (HAPs) and low-altitude platforms (LAPs). Networked UAVs are used in various fronts of our day to day life. By fitting them in a cellular connected UAV or UAV assisted communication-based architecture, UAVs can be used in wide variety of applications. Apart from being used as am ABS and express cargo delivery platform, which is revolutionizing present-day technology, various other applications include surveillance, remote sensing, search and rescue, aerial photography, crop surveys, on-demand communications, etc. In these scenarios, the main role of UAVs is to act as data collectors for wireless sensor networks (WSNs). The aim of this Special Issue is to attract original and unpublished research contributions advancing the frontiers on the use of UAVs for the development of vertical heterogeneous WSNs and related research, technologies, and applications.

Dr. Maurizio Magarini
Dr. Sudheesh Puthenveettil Gopi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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The scope of the Special Issue includes (but is not limited to) the following broad-scope research areas:

  • Vertical heterogeneous WSN
  • UAV-based IoT
  • UAV-assisted SWIPT in IoT
  • UAV-WSN systems for large area monitoring, exploration, and surveillance
  • UAV-based mission critical WSN
  • UAV-aided information dissemination and data collection
  • UAV-aided relaying in WSN
  • Dynamic routing and energy efficiency for UAVs supporting WSN
  • UAV Communications for 5G and beyond
  • Flying ubiquitous sensor networks
  • FANET (flying ad-hoc network)
  • FANET testbed results
  • FANET for emergency applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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