Conflicts in Routing and UAV Autonomy Algorithms for Ad-hoc & Infrastructure based UAV networks

Anicho, Ogbonnaya and Charlesworth, Philip B and Baicher, Gurvinder S and Nagar, Atulya K. (2019) Conflicts in Routing and UAV Autonomy Algorithms for Ad-hoc & Infrastructure based UAV networks. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 6 (4). pp. 96-108. ISSN 2203-1693

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Routing is very fundamental to the implementation of any networking or communications infrastructure. This paper, therefore, examines the conflicts and relevant considerations for implementing autonomous or self-organising unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for communications area coverage, with particular emphasis on the impact of aerial vehicle autonomy algorithms on routing techniques for such networks. UAV networks can be deployed either as ad-hoc or infrastructure-based solutions. The mobility of UAVs introduces periodic topology changes, impacting link availability and routing paths. This work examines the implications of autonomous coordination of multiple UAVs on routing techniques and network architecture stability. The paper proposes a solution where routing techniques and UAV autonomy algorithms are integrated for improved global network efficiency for both ad-hoc and infrastructure-based scenarios. Integrating UAV autonomy algorithms with routing schemes may be an efficient method to mitigate link/topology stability issues and improve inter-UAV communication and network throughput, a key requirement for UAV networks. The implementation of inter-UAV links using optical, microwave or mmWave transmission is examined in the context of this work. The proposed integration may be crucial for communications coverage, where UAVs provide communications area coverage of a community of mobile or fixed users in either ad-hoc or infrastructure-based modes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: Copyright Telecommunications Association Inc. This is the author's version of an article that was accepted for publication in the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License. The final version is available at
Keywords: Routing, UAV, High Altitude Platforms, Autonomy Algorithm
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Atulya Nagar
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 12:35
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 13:22

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