SIUSAI 2017 Tutorial

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Time: Sep.22/Afternoon 

Title:Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Networks and Communications

Instructor: Kamesh Namuduri, Professor, Electrical Engineering, University of North Texas,USA    Kamesh.namuduri@unt.edu 

Kamesh Namuduri is a Professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas. Over the past few years he co-organized a series of workshops on “Airborne Networking and Communications” in conjunction with AIAA, AUVSI, and ACM Conferences.  Namuduri leading an action cluster that demonstrated “Integrating an Aerial Base Station with a City’s Emergency Communication Grid” during the Global City Teams Challenge organized by NIST and US Ignite in 2015 and 2016. He is also serving as the Chair for the IEEE P1920.1 Working Group that is currently developing the standards for Aerial Communications and Networks.

Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Systems, Self-Organized Aerial Networks


Intended Students and Prerequisites

Students, Researchers, and Professionals pursuing research and development work in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.


Abstract:

Networking of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) has emerged as an important research field over the past few years.  The industry, federal organizations, and universities have started exploring the civilian applications of aerial networks involving UAVs. UAVs have already proven to be efficient and economical in many applications including border and port surveillance, earth and atmospheric studies, monitoring events such as forest fires, protecting critical infrastructure, and environmental monitoring, among others. With the proposed integration of UAS into National Airspace System (NAS) by FAA, numerous other civilian applications including pipeline patrol, law enforcement, cargo delivery, border patrol, and critical infrastructure protection are being envisioned.  The use of UAVs leads to significant cost benefits in such applications.

This tutorial provides a broad overview of UAV networking and communications and outlines the state of the art, research challenges and opportunities that are opened up in this emerging field. It covers topics ranging from physical layer communications, disruption-tolerant networking, aerial WiFi networks, integration of UAVs in the National Airspace, information security and privacy aspects of UAVs, cooperating UAVs and swarming, and real world applications of UAVs. It is tailored for students and professionals pursuing research and exploring new opportunities.

Course Outline

1 - Introduction to UAV Networks 

This section provides the background and context for UAV networks with a focus on civilian applications. It covers the state-of-the art in engineering and technology aspects and advantages of UAV networks including enhanced situational awareness and reduced latency in communications among the UAVs. 

2. Air-to-Ground and Air-to-Air Data Link Communications 

This section covers the strategies for air-to-ground and air-to-air physical layer (data link) communications. 

3. Wi-Fi Networks and Aerial Base Stations

This section outlines a set of candidate wireless networks and networking technologies that can be exploited for UAV networks such as WiFi and 3G/LTE. 

4. Disruption Tolerant Airborne Networks and Protocols 

This section covers the background material important for airborne networks and introduces Delay Tolerant Networks (DTNs).  

5. Integrating UAVs in the National Airspace System  

This section provides a discussion on UAV collision avoidance technologies, benefits and risks, safety aspects of UAVs, and regulations, policies and procedures.

6. Information Security and Privacy aspects in UAV Networks 

This topic covers security requirements and privacy aspects that are unique to UAV Networks. 

7. Real-world Applications: 

This section presents few applications of UAVs that showcase the relative advantages of UAVs over other alternatives.