UAV-Assisted IoT Solutions

A special issue of Drones (ISSN 2504-446X). This special issue belongs to the section "Drone Communications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 April 2024 | Viewed by 315

Special Issue Editors

College of Information Technology, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain P.O. Box 17551, United Arab Emirates
Interests: computer networks; quality of service; vehicular ad hoc networks; wireless networks
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COPELABS, Universidade Lusófona, Campo Grande 376, 1749-024 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: computer vision; artificial intelligence UAV; autonomous systems; navigation; localization; remote sensing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are emerging as a promising technology for enabling various Internet of Things (IoT) applications, such as smart cities, environmental monitoring, disaster management, and public safety. UAVs can provide flexible and dynamic connectivity, data collection, and computation for IoT devices and networks, overcoming the limitations of terrestrial infrastructure. However, UAV-assisted IoT solutions also pose significant challenges, such as flight planning, energy efficiency, security, and scalability. This Special Issue aims to present the latest research advances and innovations in UAV-assisted IoT solutions, covering topics such as:

  • Integration of UAVs with existing IoT infrastructure;
  • Novel protocols and technologies for the communication between UAVs and IoT devices;
  • Flight planning and control algorithms for UAVs to optimize IoT data collection;
  • Edge computing and artificial intelligence techniques for UAVs to enable low-latency and high-quality data processing and decision making;
  • Security and privacy mechanisms for UAV-assisted IoT systems to protect data and communication from malicious attacks;
  • Applications and case studies of UAV-assisted IoT solutions in various domains, including smart cities, agriculture, healthcare, and transportation.

The Special Issue welcomes original and high-quality research papers that address the aforementioned topics or other related aspects of UAV-assisted IoT solutions. Submitted papers should present novel theoretical or experimental results or provide comprehensive surveys or state-of-the-art reviews. We also welcome papers that demonstrate the practical relevance and impact of the proposed solutions on real-world scenarios.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Tavares Calafate
Prof. Dr. Abderrahmane Lakas
Dr. João Pedro Matos-Carvalho
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Drones is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • IoT
  • smart cities
  • flight planning
  • edge computing
  • AI

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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