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Workshop 2 - VTC 2019 Fall

W2: Swarm Intelligence: Autonomous and Connected Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Organized by Kamesh Namuduri (University of North Texas, USA)

Time: 9:00–17:30
Room: Kona Moku, Salon A

Abstract: As small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAs) are integrated into the National Airspace (NAS) around the world, there is a need for enhanced situational awareness, traffic management, autonomy, human-autonomy teaming, safety and security of people and infrastructure. The UAS Science and Research Panel (SARP) has emphasized the importance of vehicle-to-vehicle communications and human-machine teaming in the operational context of multiple UAS deployment.

Standardization efforts and regulations are in progress to support UAS Traffic Management (UTM), over-the-air communications between UAs, Beyond Radio Line-of-Sight (BRLOS) communications, and UAS navigation and command and control using satellite, cellular, and ad hoc networks. NASA leads the standardization efforts for UTM, and IEEE leads the standardization efforts for Self-organized Aerial Communications and Networking of UAs. IEEE VTS recently created an ad hoc committee on drones to promote research in this important discipline, which is working towards a roadmap for promoting research in related topics including UAS connectivity, navigation, command and control, autonomy, reliability, safety, security, and regulatory aspects.


  • Autonomy and Cooperation in Swarms
  • Human-autonomy teaming
  • Cooperative and collaborative strategies for critical tasks such as sense and avoid
  • Geo-fencing, and trajectory design and optimization
  • Ad hoc and mesh-networking of UAs
  • Traffic management
  • Command, control, and navigation
  • Beyond radio line of sight communications
  • Navigation in GPS-denied areas
  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle communications
  • Millimeter wave communications
  • Massive MIMO and beamforming
  • UAS integration in National Airspace
  • Onboard sensors and their integration
  • Flight-tests, test-beds, and simulations
  • Safety, security and privacy
  • Regulatory aspects

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