DroNet 2016 - 2nd 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's 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.

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
  • Aerial communication protocol design
  • Theoretical analysis and models for drone networks
  • Spectrum and regulatory issues
  • Communication for drone coordination
  • Delay-tolerant aerial networks and ferrying approaches
  • Integration of MAVs in mobile, pervasive systems
  • Positioning and localization
  • Autonomous flight
  • Vision and object tracking
  • Cooperative surveillance, smart cameras and sensors
  • Experimental results of aerial communication testbeds
  • Micro flying systems
  • MAC and routing protocols for MAV fleets
  • Solutions for sparse and dense fleets of MAVs
  • Mission and context-aware solutions
  • Mobility-aware and 3D communications
  • Energy-efficient operation and energy harvesting of MAVs
  • MAV-based sensor networks
  • Swarm movement, coordination, and behavior
  • Artificial intelligence techniques for drones
  • Human drone interaction
  • Acceptance, security, and privacy aspects
  • MAV applications, e.g., MAVs in smart cities, automated map generation, gaming and entertainment, multimedia, social good, emergency, surveillance, precise agriculture

DroNet invites submission of original work not previously published or under review at another conference, workshop, 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.