Special Issue on Recent Advances in Connected and Autonomous Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles, Elsevier Computer Networks (Q1, IF:3.111)

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Special Issue on Recent Advances in Connected and Autonomous Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles, Elsevier Computer Networks (Q1, IF:3.111)
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15/12/2020 – 11:35

Special Issue on Recent Advances in Connected and Autonomous Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles, Elsevier Computer Networks (Q1, IF:3.111)

Submission deadline December 15th, 2020

Connected and autonomous unmanned vehicles are considered as a promising technology solution for numerous applications, ranging from civilian to military settings, including shipment of goods, home package delivery, crop monitoring, agricultural surveillance, and emergency rescue operations in those regions where the access is difficult or dangerous for human beings. Connected and autonomous unmanned vehicles comprise of unmanned aerial/ground vehicles (UAVs/UGVs) that distinguish by means of different characteristics. While UAVs can search a wide range of targets, their height and speed results in a limited target positioning estimation; on the other side, UGVs can have accurate locations of a target on the ground. Also, UGVs move slowly and can be easily obscured by obstacles.

To overcome such limitations, UAVs and UGVs should work cooperatively and collaborate with each other in ad hoc manner through Line-of-Sight (LoS) links to exchange data packets. Of course, UAVs can also communicate with fixed ground stations, with an air traffic controller, or through a Non-Line-of-Sight (NLoS) link with a satellite-aided controller, generally based on preloaded tasks. Besides the dissimilar communication technologies, various problems appear in these inter-UAVs/UGVs communications including energy management, lack of security and the unreliability of wireless communication links, and handover from LoS to NLoS, and vice versa.

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