Drone-based communication network is the rapidly growing communication network

The development of the mini-drones, officially called unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) have captured the attention of hobbyists and the investors due to their enormous applications. Drones have endless commercial applications as well due to the irrelatively small size and ability to fly without an on-board pilot such as in agriculture, photography, surveillance, and numerous public services. The use of drones for achieving high speed wireless communication is one of the most significant applications for next generation communication system (5G). Indeed, drone-based communication network offers encouraging solution to provide wireless connectivity for devices without infrastructure coverage due to e.g., severe shadowing by urban or mountainous terrain, or damage to the communication infrastructure caused by natural disasters.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), commercial airline pilots have reported over a 100 close call situations or drones in visible proximity of the aircrafts at the airports. Sales of Drone have been estimated to cross the 140,000 mark in 2016, an increase of 50% over its sales in 2015. However, this would increase the chances of collisions with the commercial flights because in April 2016 British Airways Flight 727 reported to the Metropolitan Police that he believed a drone had struck his aircraft. In order to cope with these security threats, monitoring drones (MDrs) deployment is required for surveillance, hunting, and jamming of the amateur drone (ADr).

Drone-based communication network is the rapidly growing communication network which can be suitable for deployment during the emergency and critical public safety situations. Hence, this topic is the need for emerging 5G systems, but its inclusion in the 5G standardization needs intensive research and development. The contents of this special issue contain all aspect of research on drone-based communication networks, ranging from applications to architecture, and from enabling technologies to public safety issue.

This Special Issue therefore seeks original research articles, as well as expository and survey papers, addressing the challenges of future drone based communication and monitoring network.

Examples of topics of interest:
• Innovative cross-layer architectures and protocols for drone based communication network
• Radio resource management schemes for drone based communication network
• Power control schemes for drone based communication network
• Spectrum sharing and future spectrum requirements for drone based communication network
• Routing and MAC protocols for drone based communication network
• Smart and time-efficient trajectory generation schemes for drone based communication network
• Monitoring drone control parameters optimization schemes
• Pattern recognition based amateur drone tracking
• Machine learning algorithms to discriminate amateur drone with moving object
• Sound and electromagnetic waves detection schemes
• Thermal imaging based amateur drone detection scheme
• Coverage extension schemes for amateur drone detection

Continuing JCN’s tradition of fast turnaround together with full peer reviews, a tentative schedule is set as follows:

January 31, 2018 Paper submission deadline [An earlier note to editors with intent to submit will be appreciated.]
April 30, 2018 Reviews returned to authors. Papers will be either accepted, rejected, or returned to the authors with requests for changes
July 31, 2018 Final revised manuscript due
October 5, 2018 Special Issue published