Call For Papers
Join us on July 1st 2022
Robot vehicle platforms, often called “drones”, offer exciting new opportunities for mobile computing. Autonomous cooperative systems, made of intelligent devices (such as drones), may deploy and optimize the network to improve its coverage, build routes and fix network partitions to ensure the best communication performance, reduce energy consumption, and dynamically  respond to detected network problems. Innovative solutions are built upon these drone networking primitives to accomplish cost-effective and wide-ranging  mission-critical applications, including search and rescue, surveillance, 3D-mapping, farmland and construction monitoring, delivery of light-weight objects and products, and video. DroNet welcomes contributions dealing with all facets of drones as mobile computing platforms, including system aspects, theoretical studies, algorithm and protocol design, as well as requirements, constraints, dependability, and regulations. We are particularly looking for papers reporting on experimental results of deployed systems, summaries of challenges or advancements, measurements, and innovative applications. We welcome in particular also contributions from interdisciplinary teams to present robotic work or applications focusing on the communication networks enabling the efficient control and context-awareness of teams of unmanned autonomous vehicles/systems with an emphasis on civilian and aerial applications, while related work on underwater/space/ground unmanned systems are also invited.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Novel applications of drones
- Drone system design and deployment
- Drone ad-hoc networks
- Micro flying systems
- Aerial communication protocol design
- Drone operating systems
- Programming systems
- MAC and routing protocols for drone fleets
- Theoretical analysis and models for drone networks
- Solutions for sparse and dense fleets of drones
- Spectrum and regulatory issues
- Mission and context-aware solutions
- Drone coordination
- Mobility-aware and 3D communication
- Delay-tolerant networks and ferrying
- Energy-efficient operation and harvesting
- Integration of drones with backend systems
- Drone-based sensor networks
- Positioning and passive/active localization
- Swarm movement, coordination, and behavior
- Autonomous flight
- Artificial intelligence techniques for drones
- Vision and object tracking
- Human drone interaction
- Cooperative surveillance, smart cameras and sensors
- Acceptance, security, and privacy aspects
- Experimental results of aerial communication
- Results from prototypes, test-beds and demonstrations
Portland, Oregon
important dates
Paper submission due: Extended to May 14, 2022 April 29, 2022
Reviews due internally: Extended to May 23rd, 2022 May 12, 2022
Notification decisions: Extended to May 24th, 2022 May 15, 2022
Camera-ready papers due: May 28, 2022 (FIRM)
Workshop date: July 1 2022

Early Registration 1 - May 24
Early Registration 2- June 10
Hotel Booking:
The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland
525 SW Morrison Portland, Oregon 97204
Keynote Speaker

We are extremely excited to receive Prof. Karthikeyan Sundaresan (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Georgia Tech) as the keynote speaker for our Workshop.

Architecting Networks in the Sky

Advances in mobile (cellular) networks have ushered in an era of abundant connectivity. However, the stationary and expensive nature of their deployment has limited their ability to provide true "ubiquitous" connectivity under the 5G vision - especially to areas where connectivity is sparing or non-existent (e.g. rural areas), has been compromised (e.g. disasters), or demands are extreme (e.g. venues/hotspots).

The recent advances in un-manned aerial vehicle (UAVs) technology have the potential to change the landscape of wide-area wireless connectivity by bringing a new dimension - "mobility" to the cellular network infrastructure itself. By deploying base stations on each of the UAVs, service providers can now deploy and tear-down these mobile “networks in the sky” in an on-demand and flexible manner. This allows them to supplement static mobile networks in areas where additional connectivity is  needed, or provide stand-alone connectivity in areas where existing mobile networks are either absent or compromised. However, realizing this vision of deploying heavy-weight cellular networks (e.g. LTE, 5G NR) on light-weight, resource- constrained platforms such as UAVs, faces several formidable challenges both in design and deployment. This is further complicated by the complex nature of cellular networks that involve multiple interacting components - radio access network (RAN), evolved packet core (EPC) network and backhaul transport network.

In this talk, I will present our system "SkyLiTE"-- one of the first efforts to design and deploy an on-demand, end-to-end, multi-cell 5G network (on UAVs) that can self-configure itself in the sky. I will discuss how by bringing together innovations (both algorithms and systems) in wireless networking research, SkyLiTE is able to re-architect the various components (RAN, core and backhaul) of a cellular network and make it deployable on challenging UAV platforms. Beyond connectivity, I will also highlight the significant potential these “networks in the sky” offer for low latency, high bandwidth sensing services over large areas through sample applications designed for real-time tracking and 3D reconstruction.

Karthikeyan (Karthik) Sundaresan returned to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech after spending 15 years in the wireless and telecom industry. A proud Georgia Tech ECE alumnus, he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

Dr. Sundaresan's research interests are broadly in wireless networking and mobile computing, and span both algorithm design as well as system building. He is the recipient of ACM SIGMOBILE’s Rockstar award (2016) for early career contributions to mobile computing and wireless networking, as well as several best paper awards at prestigious ACM and IEEE conferences. He holds over 50 patents, and received business contribution awards for bringing research technology to commercialization at NEC. He also led the spin-out effort of an innovative, lab-grown research technology (TrackIO) for infrastructure-free tracking of first responders in GPS-denied environments. He has participated in various organizational and editorial roles for IEEE and ACM conferences and journals, and served as the program committee co-chair for ACM MobiCom’16. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Research interests:
  • Algorithms and systems
  • Wireless and mobile networks
  • Mobile sensing and computing
  • Embedded and autonomous wireless systems
  • Low power wireless networking
Don't miss out.
Register by July 1 . We look forward to seeing you there.
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome note from the organizers
8:30 - 9:30     Keynote: "Architecting Networks in the Sky", Prof. Karthikeyan Sundaresan
9:30 - 10:40   Session 1: Communication and Control for UAV Swarms
- J. Diller, P. Hall, C. Schanker, K. Ung, P. Belous, P. Russell, Q. Han, "ICCSwarm: A Framework for Integrated Communication and Control in UAV Swarms"
- B. Chatterjee, R. Dutta, "Studying the Effect of Network Latency on an Adaptive Coordinated Path Planning Algorithm for UAV Platoons"
- E.E. Aydin, O. Kara, F. Cakir, B. Simsek Cansiz, G. Secinti, B. Canberk, "Enabling Self-Organizing TDMA Scheduling for Aerial Swarms"
- Z. Cui, S. Pollin, Z. Zhong , "Probabilistic Two-Ray Model for Air-to-Air Channel in Urban Drone Networks"
10:40 - 11:10   Coffee Break
11:10 - 12:20   Session 2: Routing in UAV Networks
- F. Wiedner, J. Andre, P. Mendes, G. Carle, "Policy-based routing for Flying Adhoc Networks"
- T. Samal, R. Dutta, "Communication in a Drone-Platoon using Geographic Routing"
- M. Funderburk, J. Kesler, K. Sridhar, M. Sichitiu, I. Guvenc, R. Dutta, T. Zajkowski, V. Marojevic, "AERPAW Vehicles: Hardware and Software Choices"
12:20 - 13:30   Lunch

Conference Location
The Nines, a luxury collection Hotel, Portland, Oregon, USA
The Nines is a luxury hotel conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, steps from Pioneer Square and the Central Business District. They offer stylish rooms, each featuring the work of Portland artists — local artwork is also featured in the atrium, library, lobby and elsewhere in the hotel. Two excellent restaurants are on-site: Urban Farmer, a modern steakhouse that also serves breakfast and brunch, and Departure, a famed rooftop spot specializing in Pan-Asian cuisine. Guests will also have access to valet parking, a spacious fitness center and a cozy library (complete with a billiards table and cocktail service).
Submission Guidelines
DroNet invites submission of original work not previously published or under review at another conference or journal. The workshop will accept full paper, poster, and demo submissions. All submissions must be provided in PDF format, and follow the formatting guidelines of MobiSys 2022. Full papers must be no longer than 6 pages, poster and demonstration papers are limited to 2 pages including references. DroNet follows a single-blinded review process.

All submissions must use a 10pt font (or larger) and be correctly formatted for printing on letter-sized (8.5" by 11") paper. Paper text blocks must follow ACM guidelines: double-column, with each column 9.25" by 3.33", 0.33" space between columns and single-spaced. The abstract should contain less than 250 words.

To maximize the chances that papers will print correctly, only standard printer fonts (e.g., Times Roman, Helvetica, etc.) or standard TeX Computer Modern fonts should be used; other fonts may be used but must be included in the PDF file. The paper must print clearly on standard black-and-white printers. Reviewers may not view a paper in color. Symbols and labels used in the graphs should be readable as printed.

Latex Template
Submissions can use this LaTex template that is known to comply with the formatting requirements. Authors remain responsible for checking that their resulting PDF meets our formatting and anonymity specifications.
Camera Ready Instructions
Camera-Ready Instructions
Camera-ready papers for the DroNet'22 are due May 28 . In essence, you need to do the following:
  • Address all reviewers’ comments. 
  • Adapt your stylesheet to the most recent ACM template, include bibliographic and copyright strip.
  • Upload the camera-ready version, including source files of the paper text.

Format paper
  • Full papers must be no longer than 6 pages, poster and demonstration papers are limited to 2 pages including references.
  • Camera-ready papers should adhere to the ACM templates that can be found here: . Templates are provided for formatting papers in MS Word and LaTeX. In LaTeX, you should use \documentclass[sigconf]{acmart}.
  • Note that the original submission instructions suggested using the old ACM template. The font size in the submission template was 10pt, the new template will use 9pt. Using the new ACM template means that you have more space, to address the comments by the reviewers. Please also double check to make sure that you are using the new template (linked in the previous bullet).
  • Please do NOT number the pages of your camera-ready paper (by default page numbers are disabled in the ACM template).
  • You should provide proper indexing information in the final version according to the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS). More information about the ACM CCS is available on the ACM CCS website .
  • Avoid using any special characters or non-standard fonts. We must be able to display and print your submission exactly as we receive it using only standard tools and printers, so we strongly suggest that you use only standard fonts embedded in the PDF file.

Submit camera-ready version
  • Go to the ACM DroNet 2022 submission page and edit your paper:
  • Submit the source files and PDF of your camera-ready paper.

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