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DroNet 2015 - Workshop on Micro Aerial Vehicle Networks, Systems, and Applications for Civilian Use

Call for Papers

Micro and nano aerial vehicles (MAVs and NAVs), often referred to as drones, are unmanned aerial vehicles of various forms, such as small quadrocopters, airplanes, balloons, or tiny flapping wing vehicles. They are novel mobile unmanned systems currently investigated in various mission-oriented civilian applications. Recent popular applications employing MAVs are 3D-mapping, search and rescue, surveillance, farmland and construction monitoring, delivery of light-weight objects and products (e.g., Amazon has recently advertised their new drone delivery system), or video taking during sports events. Such drones are autonomous systems with a good awareness of their environment, provided by rich on board sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, lasers, GPS units and cameras, and embedded image processing. Nevertheless, all useful applications require a reliable communication link, or even rely on fleets of MAVs that need to coordinate their activities.

DroNet welcomes contributions dealing with communication aspects of micro aerial vehicles, theoretical studies, algorithm and protocol design for flexible aerial networks, as well as mission-oriented contributions dealing with requirements, constraints, safety issues, and regulation. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on system aspects and experimental results, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, or innovative applications. The program seeks original work of potentially interdisciplinary teams to present robotic work or applications focusing on the communication challenges or requirements to the audience.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Drone ad-hoc networks
  • Micro flying systems
  • Aerial communication protocol design (requirements and challenges)
  • MAC and routing protocols for MAV fleets
  • Theoretical analysis and models for drone networks
  • Solutions for sparse and dense fleets of MAVs
  • Spectrum and regulatory issues
  • Mission and context-aware solutions
  • Communication for drone coordination
  • Mobility-aware and 3D communication
  • Delay-tolerant aerial networks and ferrying approaches
  • Energy-efficient operation and energy harvesting of MAVs
  • Integration of MAVs in mobile, pervasive systems
  • MAV-based sensor networks
  • Positioning and localization
  • Swarm movement, coordination, and behavior
  • Autonomous flight
  • Artificial intelligence techniques for drones
  • Vision and object tracking
  • Automated map generation
  • Game, entertainment, and multimedia drone applications
  • Smart cities and urban applications of MAVs
  • Social good applications
  • Emergency applications
  • Human drone interaction
  • Cooperative surveillance, smart cameras and sensors
  • Acceptance, security, and privacy aspects
  • Experimental results of aerial communication testbeds

DroNet invites submission of original work not previously published or under review at another conference or journal. The workshop will accept full paper, poster, and demo submissions. The proceedings will contain full papers as well as poster and demo submissions and will be published by ACM. All accepted full papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award.