Call for Papers

Robot vehicle platforms, often called “drones”, offer exciting new opportunities for mobile computing. While traditional mobile systems respond to device mobility (such as smartphones), drones allow computer systems to actively control device location, allowing them to interact with the physical world in new ways and with new-found scale, efficiency, or precision. The startup cost to experiment with and build real drone applications has dropped dramatically in recent years, also thanks to technological developments driven by the smartphone industry and the rise of the “makers” and DIY movements. Recent popular applications employing drones are 3D-mapping, search and rescue, surveillance, farmland and construction monitoring, delivery of light-weight objects and products, and video production.

DroNet welcomes contributions dealing with all facets of drones as mobile computing platforms, including system aspects, theoretical studies, algorithm and protocol design, as well as requirements, constraints, dependability, and regulations. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on experimental results of deployed systems, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, and innovative applications. The primary focus of this workshop will be on civilian applications of drones.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Novel applications of drones
  • Drone system design and deployment
  • Drone ad-hoc networks
  • Micro flying systems
  • Aerial communication protocol design
  • Drone operating systems
  • Programming systems
  • MAC and routing protocols for drone fleets
  • Theoretical analysis and models for drone networks
  • Solutions for sparse and dense fleets of drones
  • Spectrum and regulatory issues
  • Mission and context-aware solutions
  • Drone coordination
  • Mobility-aware and 3D communication
  • Delay-tolerant networks and ferrying
  • Energy-efficient operation and harvesting
  • Integration of drones with backend systems
  • Drone-based sensor networks
  • Positioning and localization
  • Swarm movement, coordination, and behavior
  • Autonomous flight
  • Artificial intelligence techniques for drones
  • Vision and object tracking
  • Human drone interaction
  • Cooperative surveillance, smart cameras and sensors
  • Acceptance, security, and privacy aspects
  • Experimental results of aerial communication
  • Drone testbeds

DroNet invites submission of original work not previously published or under review at another conference or journal. Accepted papers will be published by ACM and considered for the Best Paper Award.

Important Dates

Paper Submission: April 6th, 2018 (Firm Deadline)
Notification of acceptance:  April 26th, 2018
Camera Ready Deadline: May 4th, 2018
Workshop date: June 15th, 2018


If you have any questions, please contact Armir Bujari (abujari[at]