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Special Issue "Communication in Networks of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hermann Hellwagner Website E-Mail
Institute of Information Technology, Klagenfurt University, Klagenfurt, Austria
Interests: Multimedia Communication; Distributed Multimedia Systems; Information-Centric Networking; Communication in Networks of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Cheng-Hsin Hsu Website E-Mail
Department of Computer Science, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Interests: Multimedia Networking; Mobile Computing, Broadcast/Wireless Networks; Internet of Things (IoT); Networked Games; Cloud/Fog Computing
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Enrico Natalizio Website E-Mail
LORIA Laboratory, University of Lorraine, France
Interests: UAV, Robot and Sensor Networks; Swarm Communications; Multimedia Wireless Networks; Vehicular Area Networks; Integration of Heterogeneous Networking Systems; Security in the Internet of Things
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sofie Pollin Website E-Mail
Departement Elektrotechniek (ESAT), KU Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: Wireless Communication; Software Defined Radio and Cognitive Radio; Sensor Networks; Energy-proportional Communication; Wireless Standards: WLAN, WPAN, LTE; Cross-layer Optimization; Learning in Networks; Aerial Sensor Networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have entered many fields of application, such as disaster management, search and rescue, localization and mapping, structural inspection, transportation and delivery of goods, pollution and radiation monitoring, precision farming, etc. In recent years, research has intensified on networks of UAVs (or, UAV swarms) and, consequently, on enabling the autonomous and collaborative behavior of UAV swarms, e.g., for autonomous simultaneous localization and mapping, navigation, and reconstruction. An important building block in that endeavor is to provide high performance and robust wireless communication capabilities among UAVs (air-to-air) and to/from ground stations or sensors (air-to-ground).

This Special Issue is devoted to reporting novel scientific ideas, approaches, results, and (prototype) solutions/applications on communication in UAV swarms and with ground entities. Contributions are solicited in the wide spectrum of topics related to UAV communication, as exemplarily listed as “keywords” below. We particularly welcome submissions addressing 4G+ and 5G networks as well as novel networking concepts adapted/adopted to improve UAV swarm communication (SDR/SDN, NFV, MEC, ICN).

Prof. Dr. Hermann Hellwagner
Prof. Dr. Cheng-Hsin Hsu
Prof. Dr. Enrico Natalizio
Prof. Dr. Sofie Pollin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Communication technologies (e.g., WLANs, 4G/5G cellular systems, WANs, delay-tolerant networks) 
  • Communication architectures (e.g., communication protocols, routing, operating systems, software frameworks, libraries) 
  • Communication optimization, decision, and learning models (e.g., when to communicate what to whom) 
  • Interaction of communication with flight mission (e.g., swarm movement, formation, coordination, collaboration, autonomous behaviour) 
  • Novel networking concepts for UAV swarm communication (including but not limited to software-defined radio and networking (SDR/SDN), network function virtualization (NFV), (multi-access) edge computing (MEC), information-centric networking (ICN)) 
  • Energy consumption and energy-efficient communication
  • Security of communication 
  • Communication performance evaluation 
  • Experimental and benchmark results on UAV swarm communication for novel applications (e.g., from prototypes, test beds, demonstrations, measurement campaigns)

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