8th International Workshop on

Wireless Networking and Control

for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles

as part of the program of the
IEEE International Conference on Global Communications (GLOBECOM 2017)

Bringing together Robotics and Communications

Key note

We are very happy to announce the key note speaker of this year's Globecom Wi-UAV workshop:
Prof. Rui Zhang will give the talk 'UAV Meets Wireless Communication: Opportunities and Challenges'.


The GLOBECOM Wi-UAV workshop has become a unique, interdisciplinary platform to bring together two communities working on wireless networking, control and positioning 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 and especially unmanned aerial systems are being increasingly used in a large number of contexts to support humans in dangerous and difficult-to-reach environments. According to Gartner, commercial UAVs are one of the top tech trends in 2017. Key areas of commercial applications, such as public safety, inspection, surveillance, agriculture and logistics have gained attention lately and underline the potential of broad deployment of networked unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAV). Meanwhile, the advent of a new generation of highly capable UAVs has also led to an increased interest in using UAVs as a means to boost the performance and coverage of existing cellular systems. As such, next-generation cellular networks will have to integrate UAVs in a variety of ways. Visionary scenarios foresee unmanned aerial vehicles to be organized in networked teams and even swarms. Indeed, the communication subsystem needs to provide highly reliable and delay-tolerant control links as well as data links. Meanwhile, unmanned aerial vehicles also offer the capability to form ad-hoc wireless networks, for example to facilitate communication in temporary hot spots or areas with scarce coverage while potentially aiding to compensate network outages in case of public events and emergencies. This eighth edition of the workshop aims to cover the most recent results of international research on new communications networks enabling the efficient control and context-awareness of teams of unmanned vehicles/systems with an emphasis on civilian and aerial applications, while any related work on unmanned autonomous systems working is comparable conditions (underwater, space, ground) is also invited.

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