Workshop Program


08:30 - 08:45

Introduction (Chairs)

Workshop Organizers:
Prof. Jonathan How, MIT, USA
Prof. Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund, Germany

08:45 - 09:30

Key Note Session 1

Future Applications of UAV in Major Disaster based on Experience of Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Shigeru Shimamoto - Waseda University, Japan


09:30 - 10:00

Coffee Break 

10:00 - 10:45

Key Note Session 2

Overview of Legal Boundary Conditions for UAV Operation and their Integration in Public Air Traffic

Elmar Giemulla 

10:45 - 12:00

Technical Session 1
Physical Data Links incl. Propagation Channel Analysis
Chair: Prof. Jonathan How, MIT, USA

Spatio-temporal Characterization of Airborne Radio Frequency Environments

Neeti Wagle; Eric W. Frew - University of Colorado, USA

Channel Measurements Over 802.11a-Based UAV-to-Ground Links

Evsen Yanmaz; Robert Kuschnig; Christian Bettstetter – University of Klagenfurt, Austria

Link Characterization for Aerial Wireless Sensor Networks

Nadeem Ahmed; Salil Kanhere; Sanjay Jha – University of New South Wales, Australia

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch Break 

13:30 - 15:30

Technical Session 2
Connectivity and Coverage Optimization for Unmanned Systems
Chair: Prof. Christian Wietfeld, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Dynamic Coverage of Time-Varying Environments Using a Mobile Robot  - a Communication-Aware Perspective

Alireza Ghaffarkhah; Yuan Yan; Yasamin Mostofi – University of New Mexico, USA

Real-Time Dynamic Planning to Maintain Network Connectivity in a Team of Unmanned Air Vehicles

Andrew Kopeikin; Sameera Ponda; Jonathan How – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Decentralized Connectivity and User Localization Via Wireless Robotic Networks

Nicola Bezzo; Rafael Fierro - University of New Mexico, USA

Evaluation of Potential Fields Strategies for Aerial Network Provisioning

Niklas Goddemeier; Sebastian Rohde; Jakob Pojda; Christian Wietfeld – TU Dortmund University, Germany

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break 

16:00 - 17:30

Technical Session 3
Networking Protocols and Cooperative Behavior of Unmanned Systems
Chair: Prof. Yasamin Mostofi, University of New Mexico, USA

One-Step-Ahead Kinematic Compressive Sensing

Franz Hover; Robert Hummel; Urbashi Mitra; Gaurav Sukhatme – MIT, University of Southern California, USA

Communication Protocols for Underwater Data Collection Using a Robotic Sensor Network

Geoffrey A Hollinger; Sunav Choudhary; Parastoo Qarabaqi; Chris Murphy; Urbashi Mitra; Gaurav Sukhatme; Milica Stojanovic; Hanumant Singh; Franz Hover – University of Southern California , USA

Highly Reliable Communication Protocol for WSN-UAV System Employing TDMA and PFS Scheme

Dac-Tu Ho; Shigeru Shimamoto - Waseda University, Japan


Closing Remarks

Organizing Chairs
Prof. Jonathan How (
Prof. Christian Wietfeld (