Date: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday,  September 10-12 (depending on overall schedule).

Special Session Organiser: Chiara Buratti, University of Bologna

Motivation and Background

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are expected to become an integral part of our daily life as the tendency is to make UAVs increasingly smaller, cheaper and smarter. Nowadays, UAVs have been mostly adopted for outdoor applications in rural and mountains areas, as for precision agriculture, surveillance or for emergency events.

UAVs can be regarded as terminal devices connected in the ubiquitous network, where possibly other UAVs are communicating, navigated, controlled in real-time and beyond line-of-sight. Connectivity to UAVs can be provided via 5G or other Internet of Things (IoT) technologies (Internet of UAVs).

More recently, they have been proposed as Flying Base Stations for future wireless networks. Indeed, 5G networks, will be characterised by a massive density of nodes, requiring an high degree of network flexibility much higher than in the past. This can be achieved by mounting base stations over UAVs and letting them fly when and where it is needed, helping the terrestrial base stations and improving coverage and capacity.

This Special Session solicits the submission of high-quality and unpublished papers that aim to solve open technical problems and challenges typical of future wireless communications for UAVs, considering both, UAVs as terminal of the IoT and base stations of the mobile radio networks. Theoretical and experimental studies are encouraged.

This Special Session is organized in the framework of the COST Action CA15104, IRACON, and in particular by the Experimental Working Group on Internet of Things, having a specific interest in UAV-aided wireless networks for beyond 5G networks.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

– Network architectures for UAV communications

  – Optimal placement/paths design for UAVs
– Wireless Communications for the Internet of UAVs – Optimal placement/paths design for UAVs
– Ad-hoc networking, routing and meshing of UAV networks  – Multi-antenna systems for UAV communications
– Field-trials and prototyping for UAV communications – Radio Resource Management for UAV communications
– Simulation studies of UAV communications – Cooperation among UAVs and inter-UAV communications
– Theoretical frameworks for UAV communications  – Low-delay control techniques and methods of UAVs

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit technical papers of their previously unpublished work. Accepted special session papers will be part of the Conference Proceedings and will be uploaded to IEEE Xplore. Papers should be submitted via EDAS; the links are available at http://pimrc2018.ieee-pimrc.org under “Authors”. Papers should follow the same Author guidelines of the general symposium, which are available at http://pimrc2018.ieee-pimrc.org/authors/submission-guidelines/.


Key Dates

Paper submission: May 18, 2018

Acceptance notification: June 15, 2018

Final paper due: June 29, 2018