AdHoc Committee on Drones

Description

The objective of the AdHoc Committee on Drones is to promote research among the members of the IEEE VTS community in this important discipline. The committee is in charge of creating a roadmap for promoting research within the VTS community in topics related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) including UAS connectivity, navigation, command and control, autonomy, reliability, safety, security, and regulatory aspects, among others.

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Activities of the AdHoc Committee on Drones
 

1. Promoting Research within IEEE Community

Conference: The 15th International Conference on Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, 26-27 October 2023 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

AdHoc Committee on Drones member Olarn Wongwirat serves on the Organizing Committee.

Submission Deadline: 21 July 2023


Article: AERPAW: A National Facility for Wireless and Drone Research
Authored by Rudra Dutta, Ismail Guvenc, Mihail Sichitiu, Ozgur Ozdemir, and Magreth Mushi
Published: 28 June 2023


Air Corridor Emulation on AERPAW platform by John Kesler (student), Prof. Mihael Sichitiu, and Prof. Ismail Guvenc, North Carolina State University


The committee published two special Issues in IEEE VT magazine. Each special issue received about 20 submissions from which 4 papers were selected for publication.


The committee organized three workshops, one tutorial and one panel. About 50 people attended the panel.  The attendance for each workshop and tutorial was about 20.  The attendance exhibits a growing interest on drones in the IEEE VTS community.

2. Engaging with the Industry

Vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communications use case was developed and presented in NASA Advance Air Mobility Ecosystem Working Group on 09/21/2021. More than 100 people attended this webinar showing significant interest in the industry. This demonstrates the rising interest and the need for V2V communications that the AdHoc committee is championing over the past three years.

AAM Ecosystem Airspace WG: Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications Use Case

3. IEEE Standards

The committee is leading two IEEE standards on drones.  This leadership allowed us to connect and collaborate with other standards organizations including Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ASTM International, and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

IEEE P1920.1 Standard Draft for “Aerial Communications and Networks” has been approved by IEEE (December 2022).

IEEE P1920.2 Standard for V2V Communications for UAS is progressing well.  By the end of 2022, this group plans produce three whitepapers on security, use cases, and spectrum aspects.

P1920.2 was mentioned in the IEEE Spectrum Magazine: 3 Challenges to Solve Before We Can Commute by Air Taxi

Three whitepapers (Use Cases, Security, and Spectrum) have been completed and they are currently being reviewed.

4. Engaging Students in Research

The committee has successfully held an Innovation Challenge since 2020. Each competition received about 12 entries and three were selected for awards. Three awards ($2000, $1000, and $750) were given. Entries along with datasets are made available on IEEE Dataport.

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