[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications

Jonathan How how.jonathan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 8 13:05:08 PST 2011

CFP: IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
"Communications Challenges and Dynamics for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles"

Over recent years there has been increasing interest and engineering
activity from academia, industry and governments in the design and
deployment of Autonomous Unmanned (anywhere) Vehicles that are designed
to operate underwater, airborne or across land/ice surfaces. Such AUxV
platforms vary in architecture, capability, application and power and
will have a variety of on-board sensors or attachments to support their
role. The application scenarios may include search and rescue, threat
surveillance, chemical/bio hazard sampling, underwater mine detection,
bridging communications for ground command and control, natural disaster
monitoring, emergency response target and report, border imaging or
flood monitoring. Regardless of the role, all AUxVs share a set of common
challenges including their communications strategy between each other and
with command and control stations; hardware/software component resource
management; communications signal outages and communications protocol
failure; component power constraints, channel interference and ensuring safe
operation in flight/swarm mode. Future deployments of AUxVs will see an
increase in the level of autonomous functionality and behaviour as the human
operators transition from being "in the loop" to "on the loop", and this
necessitates increased levels of robustness and
real-time self management. In such situations, the complexity of coping
with communications dynamics and failure when operating autonomously is
further compounded when deployed in swarm configurations. As such, rapid
fluctuations in the network topology may occur as a result of agents
moving apart or when wireless transmissions are blocked by terrain
features or atmospheric conditions. The planning and control of these
AUxVs depends on good situational awareness and the communication
network is used to enable coordinated estimation, path planning, and
observation models. This Special Issue proposal is designed to stimulate
further research that addresses the coupled problem of controlling a
network of autonomous AUxVs, rather than the traditional paradigm of
controlling autonomous components over a network. The goal of this
special issue is to report on state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary
research and achievements which address key dynamics for AUxVs
communications and networks that are different from ground-based MANETS
and WSNs. For example, whilst much MANET research has addressed issues
of connectivity between nodes whose movement is independent of that
connectivity, there is the possibility with AUxVs to cause nodes to move
specifically to create bridges, repair routes, and maintain state. We
are seeking papers that describe high-quality, original, and previously
unpublished novel contributions.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Radio signal propagation models for AUxV collision avoidance
- Optical data communications architectures for high altitude endurance
- Ad-hoc routing protocols for dynamic AUxVs
- AUxV swarm inter-networking and collaboration protocols
- AUxV command and control protocols
- AUxV self-protection and safety management protocols
- AUxV self-configuration, self healing, self-optimization
- Network management for cooperative AUxV communications
- Trial systems and AUxV Testbeds

Review and Publication Schedule

Prospective authors should prepare their submissions in accordance with
the rules specified in the 'Information for Authors' section of the JSAC
guidelines (http://www.jsac.ucsd.edu/Guidelines/info.html ). Prior to
submitting their papers for review, authors should make sure that they
understand and agree to adhere to the over-length page charge policy
presented in the JSAC guidelines. Authors MUST submit their manuscripts
through the EDAS peer review website http://edas.info and must be in PDF
format. The key dates for authors are as follows:

Initial paper submission: 7/1/2011
First reviews complete: 11/1/2011
Second reviews complete/acceptance letters sent: 12/16/2011
Final to publisher: 2/1/2012
Publication: Second quarter 2012

Senior Guest Editors:

Professor Gerard Parr
School of Computing and Information Engineering
University of Ulster
Coleraine, Northern Ireland
gp.parr at ulster.ac.uk

Professor Steve Hailes
Department of Computer Science
University College London , UK
s.hailes at cs.ucl.ac.uk

Professor Jonathan How
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Aerospace Controls Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
jhow at mit.edu

Professor Joe McGeehan
Centre for Communications Research
University of Bristol, England
j.p.mcgeehan at bristol.ac.uk

Professor Y Jay Guo
Theme Leader, Broadband for Australia
Director, Wireless Technologies Laboratory
Jay.Guo at csiro.au

Jonathan P. How
Richard C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The Aerospace Controls Laboratory (ACL) and
The Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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