Multi-drone systems: Embedded wireless sensor networks in the air

Keynote at the Intern. Conf. on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks (EWSN), Lyon, France, February 19, 2020

Abstract

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Small drones are on everyone’s lips: as toys, for aerial photography, and for the delivery of parcels. This keynote reviews drone applications and discusses some technological issues in more detail. Having done research in this field for more than ten years, Christian Bettstetter addresses the topics wireless connectivity and coordination of systems composed of multiple drones. He will present experimental results for Wi-Fi and cellular-connected drones and show demonstrations of drone swarms coordinating in both time and space. The talk closes with emerging topics and lessons learnt by the speaker and his team.

Bio

Photo by D. Waschnig / U Klagenfurt

Christian Bettstetter is professor and head of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, and founding scientific director of Lakeside Labs, a research and innovation company. He holds a doctoral degree (summa cum laude) in electrical and information engineering from TU Munich, Germany. Bettstetter and his team work on wireless communications and self-organization in networked systems with application to telecommunications, IoT, and mobile robotics. Current projects investigate interference, synchronization, industrial sensor networks, and communications and path planning of drones. He is coordinator of an interdisciplinary research cluster on self-organizing systems and faculty member in the Karl Popper school on networked autonomous aerial vehicles.