Christian Wietfeld,  Professor, Head of the Communication Networks Institute
TU Dortmund University, Germany

Cognitive Networking for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarms

Monday, December 10, 4:00 PM

Packard Lab, Room 466

Reception prior to talk at 3:30 in Packard Lobby

Abstract: A new generation of light-weight and small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) enables the design of networked aerial robotic systems for a wide range of applications, such as emergency response, environmental monitoring and ad-hoc network provisioning. In this talk challenges and solution approaches with respect to self-organized and robust multi-UAV systems are discussed. The design aspects of communication-aware mobility control algorithms addressing the competing requirements of communication reliability and spatial distribution of UAV swarms are demonstrated using two reference scenarios: aerial sensor networks and ad-hoc aerial relay networks. Different agent-based communication-aware algorithms for microscopic as well as macroscopic mobility control are presented and compared based on key performance indicators, such as exploration efficiency and data throughput. The performance evaluation results are produced with a model-based design approach which includes a dedicated multi-scale simulation environment, a detailed physical channel model and real-world experiments.

Bio: CHRISTIAN WIETFELD ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) is full professor and head of the Communication Networks Institute (CNI) of TU Dortmund University, Germany. Christian received his Dipl.-Ing. and Dr.-Ing. degrees from RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Since more than 20 years, he has contributed to and coordinated national and international research projects on mobile and wireless data communication systems in academia and industry (Siemens AG). Currently, Christian is guiding 25 researchers in mainly 3rd party funded projects. He has published over 165 peer-reviewed publications and various patents. For his contributions to the standardization of next generation mobile network architectures, he received an ITU-T outstanding contribution award. Christian Wietfeld chairs the IEEE's German sister organization VDE/ITG committee on "Communication Networks and Systems" and has co-founded the IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Wireless Networking for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (Wi-UAV).

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