Networks of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Wireless Communications, Applications, Control and Modelling

Submission Deadline: 31 January 2018

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Networks of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Wireless Communications, Applications, Control and Modelling.

In recent years, we have seen an impressive growth in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV, also commonly referred as drones) for a wide range of applications, spanning from military to commercial domains. Several successful applications of drones already available in the market include surveillance, reconnaissance, remote sensing, search and rescue, aerial photography, crop surveys, on-demand emergency communications, traffic control, monitoring natural resources like oil or gas exploration etc. Given the unprecedented speed of these developments, there is an urgent need of providing reliable and efficient high speed communication links not only between flying drones and their controlling sources, consumers, entities, but also among the drone themselves. Drone communications paves the way towards significant opportunities but is also challenging.

The scope of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to address the potential research areas in Automatic Control, Avionics, Physical Layer and Cellular Communication that are or will be revolutionized using drones. It also targets the possible academic and industrial challenges and the opportunities that will arise due to widespread use of drones. For this Special Section, we seek prospective authors to submit their high-quality original and unpublished contributions, surveys and case studies on the following topics:

  • 5G communication for UAV
  • Monitoring of critical infrastructures
  • Mobile internet of things
  • Ad-hoc networking, routing and handover (Self Organizing Networks)
  • Channel modeling for air-to-ground and air-to-air communication
  • Physical layer design for drone based communication
  • Channel reliability for drone based communication
  • Power consumption and energy harvesting models
  • Models and algorithms for control of UAV networks
  • Position estimation and prediction
  • Bio-inspired optimization approach for UAV networks
  • Information and communication reliability
  • QoS Control
  • Test bed results for UAV communication and control
  • Software-defined-radio design
  • Simulation and emulation for UAV environment
  • Sensor Fusion for UAV networks
  • Ultra low latency control protocols
  • Mobility impacts at different flying altitudes
  • Sense and avoid, UAV traffic management
  • D2D and Cognitive Communications
  • Regulatory Issues


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Associate Editor: Giacomo Verticale, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Guest Editors:

  1. Lorenzo Galati Giordano, Nokia Bell Labs, Ireland
  2. Ali Karimoddini, North Carolina A&T State University, USA
  3. Maurizio Magarini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  4. Gerard Parr, University of East Anglia- Norwich, UK
  5. Mani Shankar Prasad, Amity University, India
  6. Yan Wan, University of Texas at Arlington, USA


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Mission Critical Public-Safety Communications: Architectures, Enabling Technologies, and Future Applications
  2. Recent Advances on Radio Access and Security Methods in 5G Networks
  3. Intelligent Systems for the Internet of Things


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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