About this Research Topic
Computing and wireless communication technologies have gone through accelerating advancements in the recent past, enabling emerging applications that are contributing to our quality of life. Among other technologies, mobile ad hoc networks have played a pivotal role in providing various kinds of applications, such as wireless sensor network applications and intelligent transportation systems. Recently, another term has surfaced referred to as Flying Ad hoc Network (FANET) that incorporates unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) and fixed infrastructure nodes as communicating entities. Various applications have emerged with the introduction of FANETs, including the shipment of goods, home package delivery, crop monitoring, agricultural surveillance, and rescue operations. This special issue will explore modelling and performance evaluation of drones and UAVs in emergent applications. We are looking for contributions that describe novel techniques, new models for energy, communication and path for UAVs, interesting applications etc.
Besides the heterogeneous communication technologies, various research problems still need to be addressed in FANET (UAV-to-X and inter-UAV) communications that include, but not limited to, energy management, handover, and lack of security and the unreliability of wireless communication links. Furthermore, integration of FANET with other ad hoc networks such as vehicular ad hoc network is also subject to investigation.
In this special issue, we intend to invite front-line researchers and authors to submit original research and review articles on exploring communications in FANETs. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Mobility, traffic models, and network management for FANETs
• Energy efficiency in FANETs
• Security, privacy, and trust in FANETs
• UAV-assisted applications
• Performance, scalability, reliability, and efficiency of FANET
• Modeling and theoretical proofs of communications in FANETs
• Emerging Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud applications with FANETs
• Routing Strategies for FANETs
• Energy Harvesting and Efficiency in FANETs
• Application of Future Internet Architectures in FANETs
• Testbeds and validation.
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drones, FANETs, IoT
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