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W8: IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Workshop on Urban Air Mobility - VTC2020-Fall Victoria

Paper Submission Deadline Extended to 19 June 2020

W8: IEEE Vehicular Technology Society Workshop on Urban Air Mobility

Organizer: Kamesh Namuduri, University of North Texas, USA

Organizing Committee: Helka-Liina Määttänen, Ericsson, Finland, Ismail Guvenc, North Carolina State University, USA, Uwe-Carsten Fiebig, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany,  Alistair Munro, Independent Subject Matter Expert, Bristol, UK,  Philip Hall, RelmaTech Ltd, UK, Gürkan Gür, Senior Researcher, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Abstract: As small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAs) are being 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. Standardization efforts and regulations are currently in progress to support UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Urban Air Mobility (UAM), 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. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is leading the standardization efforts for UTM and UAM and IEEE is leading the standardization efforts for Self-organized Aerial Communications and Networking of UAs. IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS) recently created an ad hoc committee on drones to promote research within the IEEE VTS community in this important discipline. The committee is working towards creating a roadmap for promoting research in topics related to UAs including UAS connectivity, navigation, command and control, autonomy, reliability, safety, security, and regulatory aspects among others.

Bio: Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the director of Autonomous Systems Laboratory at the University of North Texas (UNT). He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, India, in 1984, M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Hyderabad in 1986, and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of South Florida in 1992. Over the past eleven years, his research is focused on aerial networking and communications. He co-organized a series of workshops on “Airborne Networking and Communications” in conjunction with IEEE, AIAA, AUVSI, and ACM Conferences. He is serving as the chair for two Standards Working Groups (IEEE 1920.1: Aerial Communications and Networking and IEEE P1920.2: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems). He is serving as the Chair for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society’s Ad Hoc Committee on Drones. He is a co-editor for the book titled “UAV Networks and Communications” published by the Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is leading the Smart and Connected Community project on “Deployable Communication Systems” in collaboration with the government, public, and private organizations. This living laboratory project was demonstrated thrice during the Global City Teams Challenge hosted jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and US Ignite in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He contributed to the development of research agenda, requirements and blueprints highly deployable communications systems led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.

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