Design of Ad Hoc Wireless Mesh Networks Formed by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles with Advanced Mechanical Automation

Ryoichi Shinkuma, Narayan B. Mandayam

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Abstract

Ad hoc wireless mesh networks formed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with wireless transceivers (access points (APs)) are increasingly being touted as being able to provide a flexible "on-the-fly"communications infrastructure that can collect and transmit sensor data from sensors in remote, wilderness, or disaster-hit areas. Recent advances in the mechanical automation of UAVs have resulted in separable APs and replaceable batteries that can be carried by UAVs and placed at arbitrary locations in the field. These advanced mechanized UAV mesh networks pose interesting questions in terms of the design of the network model and the optimal UAV scheduling algorithms. This paper proposes the design of wireless mesh networks that depend on the mechanized automation (AP separation and battery replacement) capabilities of UAVs, which includes mathematical formulations and heuristic UAV scheduling algorithms for each network model. Through performance evaluation, the proposed design is benchmarked against the theoretical lower bound.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages288-295
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728143514
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May
Externally publishedYes
Event16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 2020 Jun 152020 Jun 17

Publication series

NameProceedings - 16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020

Conference

Conference16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period20/6/1520/6/17

Keywords

  • ad hoc network
  • battery replacement
  • load manipulation
  • unmanned aerial vehicle
  • wireless mesh network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Instrumentation

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