[robotics-worldwide] [deadline June 15th] Journal of Field Robotics Special Issue on Low-Altitude Flight of UAVs

Jonathan.Roberts at csiro.au Jonathan.Roberts at csiro.au
Tue May 14 00:30:48 PDT 2013

Special Issue on Low-Altitude Flight of UAVs (deadline June 15th)

See: http://journalfieldrobotics.org/Special_Issues.html

Special Issue Guest Editors: Jonathan Roberts (CSIRO), Roland Siegwart (ETH Zurich), Farid Kendoul (CSIRO)

Recently, there has been growing interest in developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) with advanced onboard autonomous capabilities. This special issue focuses on recent advances in the development of technologies for automating UAV near Earth or close to Earth flight with a particular emphasis on fully implemented systems that were tested under realistic conditions or even deployed in regular operations. The goal of this special issue is to publish outstanding results in the maturation and field-testing of autonomy technologies that enable low-altitude autonomous flight. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Guidance and control for UAV near Earth flight
- Autonomous flight inside structures and indoor environments
- Online mapping and obstacle detection
- Obstacle field navigation
- Near-obstacle flight
- Online and dynamic path planning
- Terrain following
- Non-GPS navigation and control
- Biologically inspired approaches to visual guidance and navigation in cluttered environments

This special issue is not restricted to any type of UAV platform. However, we will publish only high-quality papers that present real milestones in the area of low altitude autonomous flight with significant experimental results. We also invite application-oriented papers that provide technical description of UAV systems, analysis of results and experimentation, and lessons learned in development and operation of such systems at very low altitudes. 

Papers dedicated to identifying and solving some key issues necessary to extend UAVs low altitude flight and enable new and useful applications are also encouraged. More specifically, we are interested to solicit papers in the areas of GPS vulnerabilities (e.g. spoofing and jamming) and counter-measures, physical interaction of UAVs with the environment, automated aerial refueling/docking, etc. The objective here is to stimulate interest and provide motivation for further research and development in these new research areas.
JFR encourages multimedia content and we invite authors to submit multimedia attachments to the paper such as videos that illustrate system concept, experiments and operations.

June 15, 2013  - Submission of manuscripts
Aug 15, 2013   - Complete reviews
Sep 21, 2013   - Final manuscripts due for publication

Authors interested in submitting to this issue can discuss submissions with the special issue editors:
Jonathan Roberts (Jonathan.Roberts at csiro.au)
Roland Siegwart (rsiegwart at ethz.ch)
Farid Kendoul (Farid.Kendoul at csiro.au)

Jonathan Roberts

Research Director - Autonomous Systems Laboratory
CSIRO ICT Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Phone: +61 7 3327 4501 Website: http://www.csiro.au/asl

Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) Joint Venture
Website: http://www.arcaa.aero

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