Recent Advances in Connected and Autonomous Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles

  in Special Issue   Posted on September 28, 2020

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Submission Deadline: Tue 15 Dec 2020
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Journal Name : Computer Networks
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Connected and autonomous unmanned vehicles are considered as a promising technology solution for numerous applications, ranging from civilian to military settings, including shipment of goods, home package delivery, crop monitoring, agricultural surveillance, and emergency rescue operations in those regions where the access is difficult or dangerous for human beings. Connected and autonomous unmanned vehicles comprise of unmanned aerial/ground vehicles (UAVs/UGVs) that distinguish by means of different characteristics. While UAVs can search a wide range of targets, their height and speed results in a limited target positioning estimation; on the other side, UGVs can have accurate locations of a target on the ground. Also, UGVs move slowly and can be easily obscured by obstacles.

To overcome such limitations, UAVs and UGVs should work cooperatively and collaborate with each other in ad hoc manner through Line-of-Sight (LoS) links to exchange data packets. Of course, UAVs can also communicate with fixed ground stations, with an air traffic controller, or through a Non-Line-of-Sight (NLoS) link with a satellite-aided controller, generally based on preloaded tasks. Besides the dissimilar communication technologies, various problems appear in these inter-UAVs/UGVs communications including energy management, lack of security and the unreliability of wireless communication links, and handover from LoS to NLoS, and vice versa.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobility, traffic models and network management for UAVs/UGVs
  • Energy efficiency in UAVs/UGVs
  • Inter-UAVs/UGVs and UAVs/UGVs-assisted routing
  • Security, privacy, and trust in UAVs/UGVs
  • UAVs/UGVs-assisted applications
  • Spectrum management for UAVs/UGVs
  • Mobile edge computing in UAVs/UGVs
  • Beyond 5G technologies for UAVs/UGVs
  • Performance, scalability, reliability and efficiency of Inter- UAVs/UGVs and UAVs/UGVs-to-X communications
  • Modeling and theoretical proofs of communications in UAVs/UGVs
  • Inter-UAVs/UGVs communications over future internet architectures
  • UAVs/UGVs clouds
  • Testbeds and validation.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: December 15th, 2020

First round notification: March 21st, 2021

Second round due: May 21st, 2021

Acceptance notification: July 15th, 2021

Final Manuscript Due: August 15th, 2021

Publication date: As per the journal policy

Guest Editors

Anna Maria Vegni, Roma Tre University, Italy (

Chaker Abdelaziz Kerrache, University of Ghardaïa, Algeria (

Waleed Ejaz, Thompson Rivers University, Canada (

Enrico Natalizio, LORIA, Université de Lorraine, France (

Jiming Chen, Zhejiang University, China (

Houbing Song, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA (

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