Wireless Networking for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles: Architectures, Protocols and Applications

co-located with
IEEE International Conference on Global Communications (GLOBECOM 2011)

Aims and Scope

Unmanned vehicles are increasingly used in a 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 needs 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 user/sensor/mission 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.

After the successful first workshop at GLOBECOM 2010, which focused mainly on unmanned aerial vehicles (www.wi-uav.org), the newly proposed workshop addresses any kind of unmanned systems: the workshop aims to discuss most recent results of various international research initiatives in the area of the design of communications networks for the coordination and data transfer with teams of unmanned vehicles/systems operating on the ground, in the air, underwater and in space scenarios. Contributions addressing heterogenous scenarios, e.g. combination of aerial and underwater devices are highly welcome.

The focus of the workshop will be solely based on projects and research aiming at civilian applications.

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