Blockchain for Decentralized Multi-Robots, Multi-Drones, and Edge Intelligence Collaboration

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart System Infrastructure and Applications".

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Software Research Institute, Technological University of the Shannon, N37HD68 Athlone, Ireland
Interests: decentralised internet architecture; blockchain and decentralized systems; edge intelligence and computing; AI for robot control and collaboration
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Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain implements append-only and immutable data storage through decentralized consensus mechanisms. The Turing-complete smart contracts turns the blockchain system into a decentralized computing platform. By implementing desired rules, smart contracts can facilitate the creation of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO) to govern the participants through a set of self-executing rules. This can potentially revolutionize the collaboration paradigm between organizations, individuals, and/or even machines. Multi-robot/multi-drone systems have been used in a broad range of civil and industrial applications, e.g., swarm assembly, warehouse management, 3D printing and construction, disasters response, and monitoring of industrial plants and agriculture fields. Blockchain technologies can facilitate the collaborations of robots/drones by providing mechanisms for sharing information, e.g., states, time, location, and relations to other robots/drones, as well as helping to achieve consensus without a central controller, especially when the robots/drones are working in untrusted environments.

This Special Issue is soliciting conceptual, theoretical, and experimental contributions, discussing challenges and solutions to a set of currently unresolved key questions including but not limited to the following:

Blockchain-based solutions for:

  • Multi-robots/multi-drones
  • Swarm robotics
  • Autonomous mobile robots
  • Edge device collaboration
  • 5G-based edge collaboration
  • Vehicular collaboration
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in edge environments
  • Digital twins for multi-robots/multi-drones
  • Robotics/edge intelligence applications

In addition to:

  • Blockchain systems, protocols, and algorithms for edge/robotic systems
  • Decentralized payment and token economy for edge/robotic systems
  • Scalability/security/privacy issues of the above systems

Dr. Yuansong Qiao
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • blockchain 
  • robotics 
  • multi-robots 
  • multi-drones
  • swarm robotics 
  • edge computing 
  • edge intelligence 
  • digital twin

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Blockchain Technology for Secure Communication and Formation Control in Smart Drone Swarms
Future Internet 2023, 15(10), 344; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi15100344 - 19 Oct 2023
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Today, intelligent drone technology is rapidly expanding, particularly in the defense industry. A swarm of drones can communicate, share data, and make the best decisions on their own. Drone swarms can swiftly and effectively carry out missions like surveillance, reconnaissance, and rescue operations, [...] Read more.
Today, intelligent drone technology is rapidly expanding, particularly in the defense industry. A swarm of drones can communicate, share data, and make the best decisions on their own. Drone swarms can swiftly and effectively carry out missions like surveillance, reconnaissance, and rescue operations, without exposing military troops to hostile conditions. However, there are still significant problems that need to be resolved. One of them is to protect communications on these systems from threat actors. In this paper, we use blockchain technology as a defense mechanism against such issues. Drones can communicate data safely, without the need for a centralized authority (ground station), when using a blockchain to facilitate communication between them in a leader–follower hierarchy structure. Solidity has been used to create a compact, lightweight, and effective smart contract that automates the process of choosing a position in a certain swarm formation structure. Additionally, a mechanism for electing a new leader is proposed. The effectiveness of the presented model is assessed through a simulation that makes use of a DApp we created and Gazebo software. The purpose of this work is to develop a reliable and secure UAV swarm communication system that will enable widespread global adoption by numerous sectors. Full article
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