Wireless Networking and Control for

Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles:

Architectures, Protocols and Applications

co-located with
IEEE International Conference on Global Communications (GLOBECOM 2014)


Bringing together Robotics and Communications


Positioning

The GLOBECOM Wi-UAV workshop has become a unique, interdisciplinary platform to bring together two communities working on wireless networking and control of unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs): the control/robotics/aerospace research community is increasingly addressing the collaboration of UAVs requiring reliable wireless while the communication research community develops new communication systems and protocols, which need to be designed according to and validated with the challenging requirements of the control/robotics research.


Aims and Scope

Unmanned autonomous systems are increasingly used in a large number of contexts to support humans in dangerous and difficult-to-reach environments: e.g. ground-based robotics, aerial sensor systems, space and underwater applications. In order to fulfill particularly challenging tasks, visionary scenarios foresee unmanned vehicles to be organized in networked teams and even swarms. The corresponding wireless networks need to provide highly reliable and delay-tolerant control links for the management of the behavior of the unmanned vehicles as well as data links to reliably transfer telemetry and sensor data respectively. At the same time, unmanned vehicles offer the capability to provide ad-hoc wireless networks, for example to facilitate temporary hot spots and compensate network outages in case of public events and emergencies.
This fifth edition of the workshop aims to discuss most recent results of various international research projects on new communications networks enabling the efficient control of teams of unmanned vehicles/systems operating on the ground, in the air, underwater and in space scenarios. Contributions addressing heterogeneous scenarios, e.g. combination of aerial and underwater devices are highly welcome.


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