Call for Papers

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 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 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.

The raising importance of different types of unmanned vehicles has been underlined by the recent selection of Unmanned Aircrafts as well as Planetary Rovers as one of the top 11 technologies of the decade by IEEE Spectrum (Issue Januar 2011). As a next level of development, those systems will operate in teams, requiring for reliable networking, as addressed by the workshop.

The workshop is not limited to any particular group of vehicles and therefore we use the term UV to include unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs). The workshop thus focuses on aerial networks, highly dynamic ground networks used by unmanned ground vehicles, maritime communication and the interconnectivity between these networks. The workshop aims to share and discuss most recent results of various international research initiatives in the area of communication systems for wireless networks. The focus of the workshop will be solely based on projects and research aiming at civilian applications.


Technical Topics

Proposals for papers related to the topics listed above are solicited. Other related topics in the UV or wireless communication field are welcome as well..


During the workshop participants are welcome to show current prototypes and demonstrators to underline research progress.