Special Issues

Drones publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Digital Twins and Extended Reality: Opportunities and Challenges of Integrated Applications
edited by Daniela Oreni, and Davide Mezzino
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9788 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAVs digital twin XR-MR-AR-VR scan-to-BIM— BIM projects; HBIM projects; BIM-to-FEA; CoSim; BEM; InfraBIM conservation; management and dissemination of cultural built heritage fault diagnosis energy and structural analysis and costs evaluation virtual museum; virtual-visual storytelling drone-based and drone-supported solutions
Advances in Detection and Tracking Applications for Drones and UAM Systems submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3905 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial systems; urban air mobility; sense and avoid; artificial intelligence; sensor fusion; tracking
Using Drones for Individual Tree Detection (ITD) and Its Applications submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3057 | Submission Open
Keywords: forest health monitoring and management; forest attributes mensuration and modeling; individual tree crown delineation; species classification; biomass mapping; pest management; 3D point clouds; UAV-LiDAR; multispectral and hyperspectral data; data fusion; machine learning and deep learning; time series analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
UAV IoT Sensing and Networking submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 13099 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV  ; IoT  ; networking  ; sensing  ; SDN  ; energy  ; security
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
The Applications of Drones in Logistics 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3138 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone-based warehouse logistics; intralogistics with drones; optimization of drone-based logistics solutions; sustainability of drone systems; security and surveillance in drone-based logistics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Urban Mobility)
UAV-Assisted Intelligent Vehicular Networks 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1435 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent transportation systems (ITSs); unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); vehicle-to-everything (V2X); vehicular networks; mobile edge computing (MEC)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Advanced Intelligent Decision-Making and Flight Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles 2nd Edition
edited by , , Youmin Zhang, and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 307 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent decision-making; intelligent control; learning control; discrete control; fault-tolerant control; position/orientation control; disturbance observer; cooperative control; neural networks; adaptive control
Wireless Networks and UAV
edited by
submission deadline 14 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 12968 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drone-Based Wildlife Protection, Monitoring, and Conservation Management submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 21769 | Submission Open
Keywords: habitat monitoring; LiDAR; population estimation; thermal; wildlife conservation; wildlife management; wildlife monitoring; wildlife species detection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
The Conceptual Design Methodology for UAV: New Research and New Development
edited by , Jinli Suo, Meng Guo, Min Chang, Zhaowei Ma and Changyun Wei
submission deadline 16 May 2024 | Viewed by 320 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); hybrid aquatic aerial vehicle (HAAV); smart materials and aircraft structures design for drones; new energy and power systems for drones; GPS-denied autonomous localization of UAVs; robust and fast maneuver control for drones; emergent behaviors in swarm; large language model for swarm interaction
Navigation, Control and Mission Planning Advances for Safe, Efficient and Autonomous Drones submission deadline 18 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14593 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone; path following; navigation; control; machine learning; autonomy; UAV; spacecraft
Application of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Vegetation Monitoring
edited by
submission deadline 19 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3676 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV; vegetation monitoring; vegetation mapping; image analysis; plant phenotyping; spatio-temporal analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Advances in AI for Intelligent Autonomous Systems submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8592 | Submission Open
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; autonomy; swarm behaviour; co-ordination; communication; navigation; interaction; decision making; self-organisation; spatial organization
Emerging Technologies and Innovations in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Control Systems submission deadline 26 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3998 | Submission Open
Keywords: guidance; navigation; and control; sensor design and state estimation; nano technologies; urban air mobility and delivery; space– air– ground integrated network; drone design and development; artificial intelligence; manned-to-unmanned transition; swarming and collaborative tasks; onboard computing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Resilient UAV Autonomy and Remote Sensing submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 16750 | Submission Open
Keywords: drones; UAV; UAV swarm; computer vision; photogrammetry; remote sensing; LiDAR; aerial imagery; image and point cloud fusion; detection and tracking; segmentation; SLAM; path planning; 3D reconstruction; 3D visualization
Unconventional Drone-Based Surveying 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2105 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV/USV/UUV; structure-from-motion; LiDAR; thermal imaging; multispectral/hyperspectral imaging; acoustic sensors and sonars; autonomous drones for surveying; swarms of drones; operation in hard environments
Near Surface Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Systems
edited by
submission deadline 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 132 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial systems; robotics; soil; remote sensing; UXO; magnetics; electromagnetic induction; acoustic; land mine; improvised explosive devices; classification; hazardous materials.
When Deep Learning Meets Geometry for Air-to-Ground Perception on Drones
edited by , Gongjian Wen, Yangliu Kuai and Runmin Cong
submission deadline 10 Jun 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14133 | Submission Open
Keywords: object detection; object tracking; object localization; visual slam; embeded vision on drones
UAV-Assisted Mobile Wireless Networks and Applications submission deadline 10 Jun 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3374 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV networks; mobility management; network control; routing; traffic management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Intelligent Autonomous Control and Swarm Cooperative Control of Unmanned Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jun 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4350 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned system  ; unmanned aerial vehicle  ; UAV swarm  ; cooperative control  ; swarm intelligence  ; autonomous control  ; guidance; navigation and control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drones for Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Science
edited by Brian K. Gullett, Johanna Aurell, Pantelis Velanas, and Katerina Margariti
submission deadline 1 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4076 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aircraft systems; drones; wildland fire; fire dynamics; sensors; firefighter safety; plume dispersion; meteorological measurements; fire emissions; exposure risk; fire prevention; fire response; fire restoration
UAV Trajectory Generation, Optimization and Cooperative Control
edited by , Haitao Nie, , , Jinliang Shao, and
submission deadline 8 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 12492 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV trajectory generation  ; UAV trajectory optimization  ; collision avoidance  ; multi-UAV systems and cooperative control
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Drones in the Wild
edited by and Raphael Zufferey
submission deadline 13 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14840 | Submission Open
Keywords: operations in cluttered spaces; rapid navigation in unknown spaces; novel; unconventional designs allowing new applications; hybrid and multi-modal drones; energy-efficient design; mission planning and control; swarming and collaborative tasks; highly autonomous mission execution; planning and navigation in complex dynamic environments; vision-based control; minimal sensing; navigation in dim or unlit environments; safe/soft drones that cause no damage; demonstration of new applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Intelligent Processing and Application of UAV Remote Sensing Image Data
edited by
submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 9190 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent processing and application; UAV 3D reconstruction in indoor/underground scenes; target detection and tracking; intelligent interpretation of UAV video/image; online and real time processing; collaborative and UAV swarm
UAV Agricultural Management: Recent Advances and Future Prospects submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 231 | Submission Open
Keywords: enhanced crop monitoring using UAVs; real-time monitoring of plant health; optimal resource allocation for farming; detecting and preventing crop diseases; automated irrigation systems using UAVs; improved pest management strategies; high-resolution data for yield prediction; timely identification of nutrient deficiencies; enhanced crop scouting capabilities; minimizing chemical input with UAVs; optimizing harvest timing using drones; sustainable agriculture through UAVs
Conceptual Design, Modeling, and Control Strategies of Drones 3rd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 17 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1308 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); UAV control systems; navigation and control of collaborating UAVs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Based Hyperspectral Imaging for Earth Observation
edited by , and Niall Origo
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3415 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial system (UAS); unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); remotely piloted aerial system (RPAS); cal/val; hyperspectral; earth observation applications; UAV-HSI uncertainty; radiometric assessment; geometric assessment; earth observation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Distributed Control, Optimization, and Game of UAV Swarm Systems
edited by , Jianglong Yu and Chao Sun
submission deadline 25 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2600 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV swarm systems; distributed control; formation control; distributed optimization; intelligent motion planning; swarm game; distributed nash equilibrium seeking
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Global Challenges: Current Technologies and Future Prospects submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2424 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAS; UAV; RPAS; and drones; natural disasters; big data; geodata collection and processing; machine and deep learning; three-dimensional mapping
Advances in Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Intelligent Transportation Systems
edited by , Yan Wang, , Henglai Wei and Zhongxu Hu
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 347 | Submission Open
Keywords: cooperative use of drones; flight dynamics; intelligent transportation systems; decision making; machine learning; transportation system dynamics; state estimation and parameter identification; active safety control; trajectory prediction; intelligent connected vehicles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Urban Mobility)
Weather Impacts on Uncrewed Aircraft submission deadline 10 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9787 | Submission Open
Keywords: uncrewed aircraft; drone; atmospheric boundary layer; micrometeorology; advanced air mobility; atmospheric physics; UAS traffic management; hyperlocal forecasting; trajectory planning; drone sensors
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
Dynamics Modeling and Conceptual Design of UAVs
edited by Ni Li, Ban Wang, Shuhui Bu and
submission deadline 16 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 725 | Submission Open
Keywords: dynamics modeling; conceptual design; UAV; control strategies; system identification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Resilient Networking and Task Allocation for Drone Swarms
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Aug 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7097 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone swarms; UAV ad hoc networks; swarm cooperative communications; swarm secure issues; swarm cooperative decision making
Flight Control and Collision Avoidance of UAVs
edited by Rodney Swee Huat Teo and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 173 | Submission Open
Keywords: artificial intelligence; autonomous navigation; collision avoidance; guidance systems; computer vision; obstacle detection; decision making under uncertainty; safety verification; robust control; multi-object tracking and association; visual servoing; conflict prediction; conflict resolution; collision checking; risk assessment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Advances in Perception, Communications, and Control for Drones submission deadline 10 Sep 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4584 | Submission Open
Keywords: perception; drone communications; autonomous control; communication-oriented control; perception-aware control; drone swarms
Applications of UAVs in Civil Infrastructure submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 14001 | Submission Open
Keywords: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; civil infrastructure; condition assessment; surveying; image analysis; monitoring; 3D modeling; flight control; natural disaster response
UAS in Smart Agriculture 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1340 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart agriculture; digital agriculture; remote sensing; unmanned control and operation systems; multi-resource image processing technology; deep learning; plant phenotype; plant disease and pest diagnosis; crop and orchard yield monitoring; weed detection; soil monitoring; 3D digital technology; spraying and sowing systems; variable operation prescription technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Agriculture and Forestry)
Drone Advances in Wildlife Research: 2nd Edition submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 953 | Submission Open
Keywords: wildlife; UAV; fauna; flora; drones; conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drones in Ecology)
Aerial and Drone LiDAR Data for Geomorphological Mapping, Landform Extraction and Landscape Evolution
edited by , , , and Marcello Schiattarella
submission deadline 15 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 191 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV LiDAR; geomatics; geomorphological mapping; object-based landform extraction; DEM of difference (Dod); short-term geomorphological evolution; landscape evolution model (LEM)
Technologies and Applications for Drone Audition submission deadline 16 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2007 | Submission Open
Keywords: drone audition  ; acoustic signal processing  ; acoustic sensing  ; sound source localization  ; sound source separation  ; sound identification/recognition  ; noise reduction  ; surrounding environment recognition  ; search and rescue
Unmanned Traffic Management Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4505 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned traffic management; flight information management; integrated traffic management; air traffic management; unmanned aircraft; communications; navigation and surveillance (CNS); traffic flow management; collision mitigation; risk analysis
Advances in Perception and Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Vehicles
edited by Rohan Chandra and
submission deadline 20 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 101 | Submission Open
Keywords: generative AI; perception; large language models; foundation models; deep learning; sensor fusion; autonomous vehicles; semantic communication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Innovative Urban Mobility)
Drone-Based Photogrammetric Mapping for Change Detection
edited by , , and
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 6767 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV; UAS; Photogrammetry; Structure-from-Motion (SfM); Mapping; Surveying; Change Detection; Pattern Recognition; Natural Environment; Built Environment
Radiation Search Operations using Autonomous UAVs and UGVs
edited by , Quiter Brian J. and
submission deadline 25 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 606 | Submission Open
Keywords: radiation; localization; UAV; UGV; sensor; incident
Optimal Design, Dynamics, and Navigation of Drones
edited by and
submission deadline 27 Sep 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5622 | Submission Open
Keywords: optimal design; dynamics; drones; flight control; stability; path planning; sensor fusion; perception; autonomous navigation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Design and Development)
Recent Advances in UAV Navigation
edited by Maarten Uijt de Haag
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 22243 | Submission Open
Applications of UVs in Digital Photogrammetry and Image Processing submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 257 | Submission Open
Keywords: uncrewed vehicles (UVs); photogrammetry; digital mapping; cartography; GIS
Intelligent Image Processing and Sensing for Drones 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 14 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 100 | Submission Open
Keywords: visible/infrared thermal/multispectral image analysis; LiDAR/SAR with a drone; security and surveillance; monitoring and inspection; object detection; classification; and tracking; segmentation and feature extraction; image registration and visualization
Advances in Detection, Security, and Communication for UAV
edited by and
submission deadline 16 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8011 | Submission Open
Keywords: UAV communication; UAV network and 6G; UAV system architecture; interference management; artificial intelligence; detection and data collection; image processing; UAV network security
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drone Communications)
UAVs for Photogrammetry, 3D Modeling, Obtrusive Light and Sky Glow Measurements submission deadline 16 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3686 | Submission Open
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)— technical solutions for remote sensing; UAV photogrammetry— procedures; technical solutions; UAVs in civil engineering; UAVs in environmental engineering; UAV image georeferencing accuracy; UAV image quality enhancement; mobile GNSS RTK camera positioning accuracy; neural networks for UAV photogrammetry and remote sensing; sensors for UAV measurements; algorithms for increasing 3D model quality; obstructive light pollution UAVs measurements; UAV photogrammetry at night; UAV obtrusive light and sky glow measurements; UAV artificial light measurements; UAV probes for environmental measurements; 3D mapping accuracy
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