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

Micro or 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 The program seeks original and unpublished work not currently under review by another technical journal/magazine/conference, but welcomes interdisciplinary teams to present robotic work or applications focusing on the communication challenges or requirements to the audience.

Program Chairs

Kuan-Ta Chen (Academia Sinica)
Mario Gerla (UCLA)
Karin Anna Hummel (ETH Zurich)
Claudio E. Palazzi (University of Padua)
Sofie Pollin (KU Leuven)
James J.P. Sterbenz (University of Kansas)

Important Dates

Submission deadline (paper, demo, poster): March 2, 2015 (extended)
Notification deadline: March 23, 2015 (extended)
Camera-ready deadline: April 2, 2015
Workshop date (new): May 22, 2015