Call Alert: PIMRC 2018 Special Session on UAVs for Future Wireless Networks

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    26th April 2018

CommNet2 members are cordially invited to submit their latest research findings to the PIMRC 2018 Special Session on UAVs for Future Wireless Networks (potential dates: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, September 10-12).

 Special Session Organiser: Chiara Buratti, University of Bologna (Italy)

Deadline for submission: Monday, May 28 (already extended)

Motivation and Background

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are expected to become an integral part of our daily life as the tendency is to make UAVs increasingly smaller, cheaper and smarter. Nowadays, UAVs have been mostly adopted for outdoor applications in rural and mountains areas, as for precision agriculture, surveillance or for emergency events.

UAVs can be regarded as terminal devices connected in the ubiquitous network, where possibly other UAVs are flying, communicating and are controlled in real-time possibly beyond line-of-sight. Connectivity to UAVs can be provided via 5G or other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies (Internet of UAVs).

More recently, they have been proposed as Flying Base Stations for future wireless networks. Indeed, 5G networks, will be characterised by a massive density of nodes, requiring an high degree of network flexibility much higher than in the past. This can be achieved by mounting base stations over UAVs and letting them fly when and where it is needed, helping the terrestrial base stations and improving coverage and capacity.

This Special Session solicits the submission of high-quality and unpublished papers that aim to solve open technical problems and challenges typical of future wireless communications for UAVs considering both, UAVs as terminal of the IoT and base stations of the mobile radio networks. Theoretical and experimental studies are encouraged.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Network architectures for UAV communications                       – Optimal placement/paths design for UAVs

– Wireless Communications for the Internet of UAVs                  – Multi-antenna systems for UAV communications

– Ad-hoc networking, routing and meshing of UAV networks    – Radio channel models for inter- and intra-UAV communications

– Field-trials and prototyping for UAV communications              – Radio Resource Management for UAV communications

– Simulation studies of UAV communications                                – Cooperation among UAVs and inter-UAV communications

– Theoretical frameworks for UAV communications                   – Low-delay control techniques and methods of UAVs  

Key Dates

Paper submission: May 28, 2018

Acceptance notification: June 15, 2018

Final paper due: June 29, 2018


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