Mission planning in networked drone systems

Lecture by Pasquale Grippa and Christian Bettstetter at Summer School on Emerging Technologies for 5G and Internet of Things, Thessaloniki, July, 8-10, 2017


5G promises the rise of the “tactile Internet.” Wireless networking with delays in the order of milliseconds will enable the exchange of real-time information. This will be essential to remotely control robots and coordinate self-driving vehicles, to give two examples. 5G will also be needed for the emerging technology of networked drones, where multiple small aerial vehicles may sense the environment or transport goods from one place to another. To successfully complete a complex mission, drones need to plan their actions together. This 75-minute lecture will give an overview of mission planning in drone systems and then focus on a decision-theoretic framework for the planning of cooperative drones under different wireless connectivity conditions.


Pasquale Grippa received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electronics engineering from the University of Salerno in 2007 and 2011, respectively. During his studies he was a guest student at the Technical University of Berlin and a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin. He is currently a researcher and a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems, Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, working on decision making in multi-drone systems for transportations.

Christian Bettstetter received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in 1998 and the Dr.-Ing. degree (summa cum laude) in 2004, both in electrical and information engineering from Technische Universität München (TUM), Munich, Germany. He was a research and teaching staff member at the Institute of Communication Networks, TUM, until 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was a senior researcher with DOCOMO Euro-Labs. He has been a professor at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, since 2005, and founding director of the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems since 2007. He is also the founding scientific director of Lakeside Labs, a research company on self-organizing networked systems.